Hotep Idris Galeta
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  • East London and Cape Town
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Where are you located?
East London and Cape Town, South Africa
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm a South African - American Pianist, Composer, Music Academic having spent some thirty years in exile in the U.S. inter acting with other exiled South African and American musicians which resulted in a wonderful performance and recording career. I first heard this beautiful music called jazz as a sixteen year old teenager growing up in Cape Town South Africa as the result of listening to a short wave broadcast on the "Voice of America" radio station hosted by the late Willis Connover. The theme song of his show was Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train". When I heard that incredible big band music for the first time in my life..... played by the great Duke Ellington Orchestra, I was instantly hooked!!!!!!!!! Well the rest is history as they say.
I've worked with Charles Lloyd, Sonny Stitt,, Eddie Henderson, Ernestine Anderson, Dewey Redman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Saunders, Mongo Santa Maria, Louis Gasca, Vincent Herring, Lorez Alexander and have recorded C.D's and albums with Hadley Caliman, Elvin Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, John Handy,Hugh Masekela, Herb Alpert, Letta Mbulu, Rene McLean, Mario Pavone and Joshua Redman. I was on the faculty of the jazz studies department at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music established by the late great Jackie McLean. I was also a member of his band for eight years before my return to South Africa in 1991. I'm the pianist on three of his C.D.'s "Dynasty" "Rights of Passage" and ""The J Mac Attack live in Belgium"
At present I'm the Director of the Miriam Makeba Center of Performing Arts at the University of Fort Hare situated in the east coast South African city of East London. I love all kinds of good music,however I'm kind of biased towards music with strong syncopation and rhythmic content..... In other words "Get Down jump Up Music" I also love African art, getting close to nature and a good glass of wine or scotch now and then! Otherwise I'm a laid back kind of cat with a passion for spending some quality time and hanging out with my family. Yeah!
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Fast food in Africa

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 3:00am 0 Comments

When I first came to New York in 1962 I was asked by a student at a party when he heard that I was from South Africa: " Do you have fast food in Africa? At which point I replied;
" In Africa you have to be fast....... otherwise you become food !!!!!!!!!!!

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At 7:04pm on June 7, 2011, Kevin Davy said…
RIP Hotep Idris Galeta.
At 11:01am on November 4, 2010, Gregory Franz said…
Rest In Peace Hotep Idris Galeta.

Professor Hotep Idris Galeta
At 6:06am on July 19, 2010, SAMUEL MC WALLACE said…
hey boeta what a way to chat to you,weve spoken to each other some time ago hope to hear that your in good space pity about robbie gone home to soon my dad send's regard's and all the mense from kensington hope to hear from you soon-0723338619,need to chat to you soon urgent.
At 9:24am on June 7, 2009, Manee Valentine said…
At 7:34am on June 7, 2009, Sandi said…
You are most welcome.

Thanks for the invite and welcome to my page.
I always have room at my family table for one
more creative soul.

Stay close.
At 5:46am on June 7, 2009, Sandi said…
Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!
At 10:03am on December 23, 2008, HAROLD HAITY said…
Hello Hotep ,
Wishing you and all your beloved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Harold Haity
At 10:17am on November 13, 2008, HAROLD HAITY said…
Hi Hotep, thanks for our friendship.
Nice meeting you here.
You're just great.
Have a nice weekend.
At 2:21am on October 24, 2008, Elisabeth Kontomanou said…
That's what one calls bad timing!!!
At 3:07pm on October 23, 2008, Robert Banks said…
Hey Hotep Idris Galeta,

Words alone can't express the joy that I feel by the welcoming of so many musician into the Jazz Network family. I thank you

PS. Love your touch on the piano

Robert Banks

















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