On our Lists this week: Bheki Mseleku, Craig Higginson, and Somi
Ginger Me Slowly by Somi: I’m definitely not trying to encourage anyone to woo me by putting this song on my list. My ears are just really attracted to how delicate Somi’s voice is as she beckons her suitor to woo her with books, wine and trips to the lagoon. (ZH)
Amaculo: I’ve been reviewing footage and audio clips I recorded while visiting the Eastern Cape last week.
We generally do a lot of singing as a family when I go home, not for any other reason than that we always have. On arrival. On departure. Before food. Before formal gatherings. During formal gatherings. After formal gatherings. It’s really beautiful, this concept of singing in joy, in pain and in the everyday. The far reach of hymnals inside domestic spaces in rural and urban Africa is a comforting irony, one that bonds us to history and tears us from it.I most enjoy Thixo ulilanga lethu and Ndinike amehlo ndikhangele. (MB)
Rediscovering the Genius of Bheki Mseleku: This evening (September 14), I want to join others in celebrating the life of musical savant Bheki Mseleku, who straddled the black world with his piano playing. At the last tribute I attended, the performances and the collective act of “memorialising” left me a changed person. (KS)
The Reading List
If Hollywood Insists on Deeming Women Good or Bad, I’d Rather Be Bad by Cate Young: I really have a thing for reflective writing in which the writer either reviews a text or analyses the various facets of pop culture by asking where they fit into all this. This helps me to navigate the topic at hand. In this article,the writer takes a look at how tropes about women in Hollywood are based on binaries. She does this by taking a look at the characters she resonated with in two drama series, Gossip Girl and 90210. The article is one example of the many pieces written in this style. It’s not about what they’re writing about. It’s about how they write it. (ZH)
The White Room by Craig Higginson: In some cases, authors make their characters’ inner world take centre stage. Although I am at the beginning stages of this book, its characters inhabit a tangible world and the dialogue is steeped in their social circumstances. The book feels ornate and deliberately crafted. (KS)