Morris Goldberg, a saxophonist, penny-whistle master and composer, is perhaps most well-known for his association to Hugh Masekela. He formed Ojoyo in 1996. This group features his folk-like melodies and often-celebratory compositions. They pay homage to South Africa’s roots, much like Abdullah Ibrahim’s songs. Goldberg’s catchy rhythms, which are often irresistible and his memorable themes, as well as the atmospheric ensembles, are very accessible. However, the leader’s penny whistle solos and contributions of his sidemen make music creative and can have its unexpected moments. Morris Goldberg was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He learned from an early age how bebop could be mixed with African music. His recording debut was made in 1959 with a quartet led by John Mehegan. This session was one of the first recorded jazz sessions in South Africa. Goldberg returned to South Africa a few years later and attended the Manhattan School of Music. In 1965, he began working with Hugh Masekela. This relationship lasted decades. Goldberg recorded and performed with Miriam Makeba (1980-88), was part Paul Simon’s famed Graceland album (playing the famous penny whistle solo on “You Can Call Me Al”) and was recorded with Abdullah Ibrahim, Rodney Jones and Hans Theessink, a German guitarist-singer that also featured Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, and Maceo Parker. Ojoyo was formed by Goldberg in 1996 as a vehicle to express his solos and compositions. The group continues to exist today. Sunnyside Communications Inc distributes Ojoyo Plays Safrojazz. The timeless music is still fresh, intoxicating, and vibrant today. From bandcamp

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