As an American jazz artist and educator based in South Africa since 1999, this is one in a set of pieces that reflect my musical and other experiences in this fascinating country.
Night Fright! - Ubusuky Ukuthuka! was composed while on Fulbright with the family to Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. Kwazulu-Natal is set in subtropical, sub-saharan Africa with pounding summer rains and relentless humidity. One night after a shower and in bed with a recent copy of David Hajdu's biography of Billy Strayhorn entitled Lush Life, I was nearly frightened out of my skin when the largest bug I've ever seen fell directly onto the pages of my book. My wife came running thinking I was being murdered bythe sound of my screams - thus truly a Ubusuky Ukuthuka! - Night Fright!