Blue Note Records and Universal Music Group Africa have partnered to launch a new imprint dedicated to signing jazz artists from throughout the African continent.

Launching this spring, Blue Note Africa was created to help these artists reach a global audience. It’ll kick off with the release of South African pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini’s new album In the Spirit of Ntu.

Makhathini’s last album Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds drew wide acclaim across Africa, Europe and the United States, with The New York Times naming it one of the best jazz albums of 2020 and DownBeat listing Makhathini among their “25 for the Future.”

In the Spirit of Ntu is Makhathini’s 10th studio album. You can hear the lead single Senze’Nina below.