This was originally composed as a jazz tune around 1991 for Channel 18, Reddy’s jazz-fusion band with whom he worked in Johannesburg. He rewrote the piece in 2005, writing out the piano part in full. Reddy was both a classical and jazz virtuoso, and compositions like 'afrojol' are a fusion between the two styles that he called ‘clazz’.
Surendran’s band Channel 18 is performing ‘Afrojol’ at a Lion’s Club function in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1991. The guitarist whose name we don’t know is not a regular member of the band but performed several original compositions by Surendran Reddy as well as Claude Bolling’s ‘picnic suite’ together with Channel 18 on that day.
Wandile Molefe (piano) and Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass guitar) perform Surendran Reddy’s work ‘afrojol’ at Wits University, Johannesburg, 2010 at a tribute concert to Surendran Reddy who died on 22nd of January 2010.
Wandile Molefe (piano) and Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass guitar)