Some For Dudu :: A Dudu Pukwana Companion


“If he plays a gig in some club, it’s the talk of the town for the whole year. Who can afford to pay for so much entertainment?… Well, for those who do not know Dudu Pukwana, he is the heaviest of the heaviest alto saxophone players and for many of us coming from South Africa… THE TEACHER. Go on doing the BOOGIE Bra Dudza.” — Joe Malinga (liner notes, One For Dudu)

Here now, “Some For Dudu,” a celebration and glance at Pukwana: the teacher, the exile, the saxophonist, the front man, the collaborator, the pianist, the singer and shouter; two hours of calm, frenzy, jazz and beyond.

Some For Dudu :: A Dudu Pukwana Companion

Playlist after the jump . . .

Dudu Pukwana — “Ko-didi”
Assagai — “I’ll Wait For You”
Dudu Pukwana — “Sondela”
Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana — “Magwaza”
Assagai — “Ayleo”
Gwigwi Mrwebi — “Nyusamkhaya”
Gideon Nxumalo — “Home At Night”
Dudu Pukwana and Zila — “Matume”
Dudu Pukwana — “Flute Music”
Gwigwi Mrwebi — “Mra”
Osibisa — “Inkosi Sikeleli Africa”
Centipede — “Septober Energy Part Two”
Dudu Pukwana And Zila Featuring Pinise Saul — “Ziyekeleni”
Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath — “MRA”
Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana — “Eyomzi”
Jabula — “Baile — They Are Gone”
Toots & The Maytals ft. Dudu Pukwana — “So Bad”
Dudu Pukwana — “Flute Music” [2]

6 thoughts on “Some For Dudu :: A Dudu Pukwana Companion

  1. Fantastic! Love me some Dudu! I would have added ‘Call Me Diamond’ from Mike Heron’s ‘Smiling Men With Bad Reputations’ where I first came across Pukwana’s playing as one of the most joyous and exuberant sax playing solos in my collection but hey this is great! [I have posted a link to your item]

  2. @swappers – love that song (featured it here a few months before this mix went up), but it just felt a little out of place when in context here. Undoubtedly, that song (and that record) are incredible – it was a tough one to not include, but it being an outlier amongst a lot of his work was a factor.

  3. Oh believe me I get it and didn’t mean to sound ungrateful. The compilation is superb! The SA National Anthem with Osibisa and I would have been happy with Dudu’s ‘Ko-didi’ alone! Joyous stuff. Thank you!
    (It was merely it made me play that track again and I ended up dancing round the front room in my pants! Too much information?)
    Keep on keeping on!
    A fan!

  4. Awesome. I discovered South African jazz with “Next Stop … Soweto Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers and Makers: Jazz in South Africa 1963-1984” (Strut), and, of course, one track by Dudu Pukwana.

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