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intro: sound from Pan African Space Station broadcast of 4 hourJohnn Dyani special: " When these guys were in exile they were very lonely, all of them they were very lonely, but they had accompaniment; their music"

jazz for dyani

i wish the sunshine
of the johnny dyani revitalising function
jumping a bass-line like humping a landmine
i wish the sunshine
rhythm-artic patterns you trace on my cranium turned
inform to transform the dream to the real
yet still mortal put into the ground
though your sound could turn conception around
your bones were scattered in mutilation’s wind
foreign & hostile enough to cuff the limb of your
where still you rise my prophet beyond the height of
bursting the corporate gut out of the toilet & into the jazz-

running acid around my mind
in mass dysentery
of a consumerism-constipated century
that can’t cannibalise the brilliance
of the johnny dyani ocean in motion
riding the rhythm-rocket
high & deep on the wings of a blue note
bubbling up from the bottom of a blocked sewer system
i wish the sunshine

not bones I wish to exhume
but Mongezi Feza tones to subsume
bebopping mbaqanga
on the Moholo backbeat
moulding BREATH into
MacGREGORian resonance thunderous with
PUKWANA pulsation
breathing the art of life beyond existence
not into escapist transcendence but sense out of dissonance
I wish the sunshine

Tthey’re grinning for the pounds
& sinning with the sounds
but, ah
born in the heart & sown in the mind
this music is a battleground
you stir the embers of rhythm into conflagration
where you chart the freedom of your chords
i wish the sunshine
of the johnny dyani revitalising function
jumping a bass-line like humping a landmine
I wish the sunshine

(Dyani solo excerpt)



from Babylon Mission Report, released July 12, 2021


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Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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