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Roy Ayers Tells Soweto Youths: Get Serious and Get Inspired

Friday, 29 September 2017 08:38 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jazz musician Roy Ayers had some rhythmic advice for youths in Johannesburg's Soweto area: Get serious, be inspired, rap on, keep on and "eventually you'll get it."

Ayers, who is in South Africa for a jazz festival, radiated enthusiasm on Friday as he urged a couple of dozen people at an arts center to "vibe on" role models even if they don't always meet expectations.

Ayers named a few musicians who have inspired him: Fela Kuti ("he was really like a genius"), Miles Davis ("the king of the cool") and Herbie Mann ("he taught me the business").

A vocalist and vibraphone player, Ayers has delved into a range of musical genres, including funk and rhythm and blues. "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" is one of his best-known hits.

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Jazz musician Roy Ayers had some rhythmic advice for youths in Johannesburg's Soweto area: Get serious, be inspired, rap on, keep on and "eventually you'll get it."Ayers, who is in South Africa for a jazz festival, radiated enthusiasm on Friday as he urged a couple of dozen...
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