Jazz and Freedom: Schools Presentation

Through interviews, journalism and my own journey of learning to play; what I have discovered is these great stories of South African Jazz, told by pioneering spirits, offer a universal and archetypal experience that can be relevant and helpful to each and every one of us. These are the journey’s of the heroes :

Jazz and Freedom presentation at Michaelhouse Book Week

You can learn more at this link : Or book Struan Douglas for your school at this link :

Sausage Film Company’s Music Free-Learning programme grows in strength

Sausage Film Company established 2020 to create valuable free music learning resources.


Music Free-Learning is a unique and multi-facetted digital solution for a win win solution to the current circumstances of the South African music industry and long-term solutions.

The project is founded on the artistic merit of Story of South African Jazz book series by Struan Douglas. This book series is now part of the curriculum grades 10 – 12. 

Music free-learning is the conversion of the Story of South African Jazz Book series into audio visual and curriculum based learning material for scholars, students and young entrepreneurs. 

All Music Free-learning episodes are scripted by high quality authors, rehearsed by the very best presenters, filmed and edited in an effective manner and released in an accessible format in an artistic quality that is popular and practical. 


The Music Free-learning episodes identify well-known and trusted musicians, practitioners and educators from the Story of South African Jazz to present an innovative digital solution for a long-term multiplier effect for music careers and music education.

The musicians and practitioners that Music Free-Learning works with are the most creative and innovative in their field. The best they have to offer to education is brought out through a highly creative interview, scripting, filming, editing and release process – augmented by the production of valuable written educational material.


The need for digital solutions has been met by the initial production of this Music Free-Learning VOD (Video on Demand) series. VOD is open source and always available. This allows the educational material to meet multiple needs and produce multiple results.

Music Free-Learning is highly innovative as it combines a multi-disciplinary approach to the production of this VOD series. Each video in the series includes a researched and written script, a rehearsed presenter performance, a filmed presentation and written educational task-based learning material.

The delivery of the educational material is multi-media and can be accessed through internet, website and email, social media and cellphone data, as well as delivery by hard copy. Partnerships with schools, educators, institutions, business and outreach can make the delivery wider spread.   


The Intention of Music Free-learning and the proposed online curriculum-based learning for South African Jazz fulfils two primary ambitions.

Firstly to alleviate musicians loss of revenue from live performance by promoting their endeavours in the educational space; and secondly to offer some inspiration and empowerment to scholars, students and young entrepreneurs particularly those negatively affected by the isolation of the lockdown.  

In our pilot programme produced with support of DSAC we have achieved these outcomes and now wish to extend this for the benefit of both musicians, educators and students.


The Music Free-Learning Video’s on Demand are at the forefront of new technology in the industry not only in their multi-disciplined production and multi-media distribution, but in the unique and insightful content that presenters bring forward in the education videos.

Significant aspects of the Music Free-Learning curriculum include the music industry where all music worldwide is traced, monitored and traded in an interconnected system of new technologies, as well as live performance which benefits from cutting edge technology.      


An audience develops through action, participation, engagement and appreciation through knowledge sharing. Through learning the true history, continued role and real story of our music – learners, educators as well as practitioners can more clearly define their own role in this never-ending story.


Initial market access happens through fulfilling music educators with their fore-most requirement – free curriculum based education material.

The Story of South African Jazz Book Series is highly relevant to community centres, universities and young entrepreneurs.

To date the Story of South African Jazz at multiple IEB schools in KZN and JHB, has been introduced to CAP schools in KZN and Western Cape and has been used extensively in the USA. These and other partnerships will be extended to introduce the material to as wide an audience as possible.

All interested parties will be supplied with the full list of Music Free-learning course material to be implemented. The course material not only includes the video on demand series but specific pre-tasks and post-tasks for each and a final assignment.


The sustainability plan is built around the presenters of the videos which are the musicians and music professionals. As musicians have been hit hard by the lack of live performance – by shifting their attention to education offers them a longer term career option, revenue and income stream.

The second generation of the sustainability plan is the students themselves.


Students will learn:

The full general knowledge syllabus of both IEB and CAP.
Online technology of video learning and feedback on demand.
Collaborative online skills through a peer-to-peer platform.
Develop their creative skills

Educators will gain:

An archive of resources to apply to both year-end examinations and additional studies.
Improved knowledge base of SA Jazz and musicians and online student communication.

Musicians will gain:

Opportunity to earn through teaching.
Archive of video sessions to serve as a foundation so as to build an online teaching course of their own going forward.

The Industry will gain:

The written material will be packaged into accessible downloads. An online resource will be created for further teachings and instructions. The programme will build an online internet community for all participants.

Follow the programme at sausagefilms.co.za

Music Free-Learning Programme Launching Soon


Good day to you student musicians, S.A. jazz learners, music and jazz teachers. Welcome to our South African music summer course.
In this e-learning, e-music course we are interactive, participatory, provocative and rely on music to be heard, played and enjoyed.

The Music Free-learning course is a task based learning course, meaning that there are 8 distinct video lessons that come with two tasks each, called PRE and POST task. You can download these tasks at the links beneath each video.

You may wish to answer some of the tasks in writing or in audio visual feedback. You are welcome to share your inspiration with us as you go through each and every video or store it for your final assessment.

The FINAL ASSESSMENT for this course is for the student to create a video feedback outlining your inspiration, innovation, learning and unique realization.

The best feedback videos will be rewarded with a free set of The Story of South African Jazz Book series (Volumes 1 & 2).

The future is dazzling. Free-learning is fun, taking you to that special place within where all there is the potential to shine and develop unique and positive ways of accessing the future of your dreams.

Thank you for all your kindness and support. Until next time – stay musical !!!

Afribeat.com founded April 1st 2000

Afrbeat.com is a Pan African content portal, cultural agitation, arts exchange, knowledge network and publishing center.

This internet portal was ESTABLISHED 01.04.2000 as a network of authentic African musicians, griots and sonic warriors and healers. A sharing of the spirit, soul and sunny side of Southern African music. An inter-generational, international Pan African initiative for festivity, entertainment and the creative economy.

  • Pan African Content Portal
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The continuity of African expression is preserved by a depth of stories from across the continent. Philosophical activism and insights is impacting the whole world with a truth a beauty that illustrates the deep consequence of African power. Read More here


Turn up the volume of love to full

“The earths energy has become very angry with our behaviour. I was standing somewhere between the human beings and the earths energy and I saw the earths energy sinking. And as the earth’s energy was sinking, I started to see people dying from strange diseases that could not be cured, from killing each other, from floods, from hunger. And then from my left side came voices of beautiful singing that the energy of the earth said let me hold on for a second and listen and as it listened it came back and embraced us!” 

Stella Chirweshe (2001 Fespam Congo Brazaville)

In preparation for the 4:45AM light meditation taking place in South African time on April 5th I entered the light meditation a week earlier. I discovered my mind was racing with various dissatisfactions and disappointments.

The dystopian world-views from our mainstream media in countess films and news channels has slowly confined the collective imagination in a total acceptable for the ongoing destruction of planet Earth. The satellites that encase planet Earth, together with the increases in radiation have hampered the movement of light vibrations in and off the planet. The destruction of earth through mining and sinking vast metal shafts for building foundations has damaged the Earth’s healing vibrations. 

Accessing the primordial sound of the slow and steady Ohm is one sure way to still the mind. And from that space of peace, a new sound, a sonorous tune, began to be sung.

This was the song that came to mind : “Let there be light and there was light.” I offer this as a meditation in this time of global crisis. My wish would be to hear it as a symphony between the veiled and the unveiled, offering an inter-connected cleansing for planet Earth. 

By singing or playing together we can create an energetic bond that will allow our shared intentions to ripple instantly throughout creation and manifest the world of our making.

Music is the language of mother Earth. She communicates in what scientists call sound vibration. Music is the harmonic expression of sound vibration. Music is a language our body vehicle (avatar) and higher selves can speak together. It is therefore a form of meditation.

Here beneath is this simple tune to help clear the mind and channel the energies of positivity to the global light movement: It is structured over a simple 12 bar blues:

Message from Anna Bacchia founder of the One Earth Choir: “Since the beginning of the One Earth Choir Project, I have always developed every communication in such a very careful way, in order to express an open participation to One Earth Choir for everyone: all religions, beliefs, cultures, people on Earth. The theme of the Project “we have many native languages, but one only human language, we are one only humanity” can be embraced really by every person. The deep sense and spirit of the One Earth Choir is to experience this oneness, all together, independently from any cultural differences.

The message you have sent is today spread all over the world, as a texture, as a network. We have received it from all continents. I understand that all the persons which will be touched by it, will spontaneously resound and follow it, in one of the many keys which are proposed by many organizations in the World. I can only respect such personal resonance. And everybody has to have the possibility to feel free to join what is touching him. The grand creative force of such global evolutive transition is such resonance. Profound and personal. Life itself speaks to us through resonance, which really brings us in a true spontaneous vital natural Syntony.” 

Things to do in lockdown: Write Your name in many languages

“If you are an African, African languages are your mother tongue. Language is one thing. Feel free to use all the vocabulary you have and test it out. It is not about how many languages you know it is about how much language you know.” Pule Welch

This multilingual actor, comedian, clown, rapper, poet, story-teller and to be doctor in linguistics was a great inspiration. He spoke directly to the psycho-linguistic blockages of mono-lingualism amongst the diverse people of Africa and directly to me. I want to communicate with all of humanity.

He reminded me of the Flaaitaal spoken in Sophiatown of the 50s, where a combination of Zulu, Venda, Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans could find itself in one sentence. “Identity is intersectional,” he said.

At the intersection of Southern Africa’s diverse people a group of cunning linguists develop a Southern African Azanian writing system. They called it Isibheqe, named after the beaded love letter of the Zulu tradition. It is useful to all the Sintu languages and it is centralised in an Azanian phonology. “That is a shift,” he said.

Let’s take this shift ::: >< ::: I come from a diverse land in itself – KwaZulu, Natal, little India where my Latin name Struan Douglas is used and Stru for short :

The Patronymic form of my name is traced to the Highlands. In Scot Gaelic my name might be written Sruthan Stiùbhard Dùghlas Roibeartson

In Arabic I am قوي دوغلاس
In Ge’ez I am ስትሩኣን ዾኡግላስ

The Greeks pronounce my name Strouan Ntagklas. Greeks write itΣΤΡΟΥΑΝ ΝΤΑΓΚΛΑΣ

The Chinese pronounce my name Sī tè lā·dàogélāsī and write 斯特拉·道格拉斯

The Japanese pronounce it Sutoruandagurasu and write it ストルアンダグラス

And in the S’into languages it is pronounced same as Japanese Sutoruandagurasu

In Isibheqe it is written thus:

Suturuna Dugalasu

To learn more about writing in Isibheqe go ahead and visit the website

South African Jazz Go’s to the Schools

Story of South African Jazz presentation hosted by MHS : Schools attended St Johns Girls, PMB Girls High, St Annes and MHS Music students.

“Jazz is a unifying language. It brings people together and provides the vocabulary to have a great musical dialogue. SA jazz is a transformative shift to sharing. It is uBuntu in action.” Struan Douglas

The Story of South African Jazz has played a central role in the development of the multi-cultural and globally relevant South Africa we have today. South African jazz has had 66 years of strong musical development in all corners of the world and has a rich potential for making an impact on future generations in historical, heritage and music education.

The Story of South African Jazz is first and foremost a textbook for education, the vision is to provide a foundation for the recognition of South African Jazz as a unique and inclusive urban expression from this area of the world.

As the Story of SA Jazz has been developed through a close analysis of the mentorship approach to learning the language of SA Jazz, it is an outstanding initiative for inculcating the inter-generational approach to learning allowing both old and young to come together, share, evolve, intuit and progress.

IEB, Grade 11’s learn about Cross-over, Kwaito, SA protest music, Afrikaans protest song & SA rock, whilst Grade 12’s learn about SA Urban music (instrumentation, improvisation, rhythm, melody and harmony, marabi progression, characteristics, leading artists, and the socio-political context) & Ingoma ebusuku styles including mbube and isicathamiya and early jazz including marabi, vocal jive jazz, kwela, jazz and mbaqanga.

1. Physical archive is deposited at ILAM
2. The PDF ARCHIVE of interview transcriptions, research and articles can be made available to institutions, universities, schools on a subscription basis.

Michaelhouse school 2020

The Story of South African Jazz Volume Two

Join the launch events of Story of the Story of SA Jazz to take place in December 2019.
This is a timeous period and what the research in the book describes as “the peak of the 5th ray of SA Jazz.”
This crowdfunding campaign has value to all aspects of arts and culture. Access thundafund campaign here

Exhibition: a number of photographers have donated limited edition images to the campaign. Above is the limited edition poster that accompanies the Soul Jazz Man Reward
Education: The book is built on an archive of interviews and research that expose the power of mentorship in learning https://afribeat.com/sajazz/series/jazzarchive.htm
Know How: This book shares learnings and discovery in the nitty gritty aspects of the music rights business and digital economy.
Event: The crowdfunding campaign is to unleash a series of events, thank BASA and ANFASA for their support in this initiative and bring together multiple generations of practitioners.
All support of this work is much appreciated.

Peter Magubane’s Midas Touch

The unfolding story of photographer Peter MagubaneI first met Peter Magubane on his 84th birthday. Although I was half his age, we were both mentored by the same man, the late Jim Bailey.

For Peter it was 1949 when as a 17 year old he had left school early to get into the ranks of Drum. He started as Bailey’s driver and in typical fashion the eccentric Drum owner and publisher Bailey, only 32 years old at the time assisted Magubane in his emergence as a photographer.

I met Jim Bailey two years before his death in 2000 at the age of 80. I was 19 years old and both his driver and friend. Bailey impressed a love of the country and her people on me and channeled me towards writing.  

Bailey a fighter pilot in World War 2 had found his own transformation in the speak-easy’s or shebeens as they were called of South Africa. He used his wealth and position to purchase Drum magazine from a South African fast bowler and transform it into a liberated gathering of unique people. Met up against the fascism of apartheid, Can Themba in reference to Dickens called this Drum era of South Africa, “the best of times, the worst of times.”

Yet the era produced the iconic work that has never been matched. Lewis Nkosi later reflected on the inspiration as “where the now is all there is.”