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Charles Leonard

Charles Leonard

Charles Leonard is the news editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper.
The 10 baddest albums of 2015
The 10 baddest albums of 2015
I realised yet again that this was another year when I had too few ears and too little time to cope with my ever-expanding obsession with fine...
Fred Wesley keen to funk up SA again
Fred Wesley keen to funk up SA again
It was a first date for two friends on November 29 last year – they attended the only show Fred Wesley (72), who played trombone in James...
Coming to SA: UK DJ Charles Webster on not playing bad music
Coming to SA: UK DJ Charles Webster on not playing bad music
Legendary UK producer/musician/DJ Charles Webster (50) is headlining Churn mini-festival at the Tweefontein Melkery, Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg....
Boudoir beatmakers: Music that creeps out from behind the curtains
Boudoir beatmakers: Music that creeps out from behind the curtains
Despite racial and gender divides that persist in South Africa and its music industry, a number of young musicians are creating...
All aboard the Soul Train
All aboard the Soul Train
“Wat ’n gekerm waarna ons moet luister – asseblief man! [What a whining we have to listen to – please man!]” read one SMS to the...
Rising star Leon Bridges brings the soul back
Rising star Leon Bridges brings the soul back
The Future of Soul Music is being connected by phone from Rome, where he is on a European concert tour.
TV face-off could resurrect public political debate tradition
TV face-off could resurrect public political debate tradition
Refusing make-up ahead of his televised presidential debate with John F Kennedy in November 1960 was one of Richard Nixon's many mistakes (for his...
‘It’s really, really great being Maceo Parker’
‘It’s really, really great being Maceo Parker’
For legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker (72) at least two-thirds of the year is like Christmas. The former James Brown sideman, prominent soloist...
Egalitarian beats for the streets
Egalitarian beats for the streets
It was certainly a first: being interviewed by an interviewee after finishing the interview with him. Chilean-German DJ Matias Aguayo is not your...
Andre Brink opened my teenage eyes
Andre Brink opened my teenage eyes
On Tuesday afternoons we boarders were allowed to go to town. Mid-Seventies Balfour in the then Eastern Transvaal was your typical repressive...
CTEMF: A sample of Four Tet's sonic journey
CTEMF: A sample of Four Tet's sonic journey
As far as special musical moments go, this one was quite exceptional. 
Apartheid police strike a last blow at freedom
Apartheid police strike a last blow at freedom