Carol Martin

Carol Martin is celebrating 50 years of residing and working in a number of African countries long term in the field of education and social development, starting in newly independent Botswana in 1968. She retired to Capetown, South Africa, in 1996 to pursue her projects in youth creative education, namely jazz music, and with justice and human rights advocacy for people at risk. She has managed two NGOs in the Cape Flats (Gugulethu and Turfhall) engaging youth with music education and performance.


Having served three months as a Peace Monitor in the West Bank with EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine/Israel) in 2011, Carol continues to be active with the South African Palestine Solidarity Campaign, hosting visitors to talk on the issues, and writing articles to media to stimulate more awareness and concerned activism about this conflict zone. She is also active with local networks of World Beyond War (WBW). 


Working as a Volunteer, her professional wish is to develop others through skills training. She has contributed to the Capetown-based Amandla Collective, writing in Amandla! Magazine articles about the South African jazz world.  She served for ten years on the South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE).   Since 2014, she has served as reporter and editor with the internet radio station, All Jazz Radio, based in Capetown, writing a blog (Carol's Musings) focusing on local and international jazz artists, reviewing their live performances, and interviewing artists about their lives and visions and their released  albums. She welcomes artists and music industry buffs to contact her for interviews, and for CD and gig reviews at or cell: +27 82 740 2829.


Recently, she co-authored the story of Grizelda Grootboom, a survivor from a life of trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction, which was published as 'EXIT' with Jacana/Blackbird (2016). Carol is working on her next book (won't tell) and looks forward to her next extended world travel.... USA National Parks before they self-destruct!


Otherwise, she enjoys traveling the worlds not yet discovered (by her) that include pretty much all of the.... Sorry, six continents (Patagonia; South Pacific/Hawaii cruising; Norway fjords; Croatia Adriatic Sea islands; North East North America; Vietnam's best; and South West Indian Ocean name a few). Antarctica, even though so close, is not part of her 'warm belt'.  [6-18]





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