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Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

Hugh Masekela

This concert was a mixed-bag presentation designed to encourage tourism to South Africa and raise money to bring more South African musicians to the States.

The opening acts-dance troupe Juxtapower, followed by singer Khanyo backed by the Soweto String Quartet-provided little of interest to a jazz audience. The musicians stood onstage before each number waiting for the click track to cue them to begin their sawing to the slick, Disney-style taped soundtrack behind them. Repertoire included “Amazing Grace” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

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