Alexis Petridis

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Mbongwana Star: thrillingly wrong-footing Congolese music

The western producer of this bustling new project eschews the respectful approach to African music - and it's all the better for it.

FKA Twigs: A mystery that’s worth solving

Another supposedly mysterious pop star turns out to be a pretty normal human being - but with songs this good, who cares?

A career of being contrary

The streetwise, tough image was matched by songs of real tenderness and fragility. Lou Reed always did the opposite of what he was expected to do.

Keeping up with Mr Jones: Where’s David Bowie Now?

Listening to his latest album makes you hope it’s not a one-off, that musician David Bowie's return continues apace.

He predicts the end but can’t stop working

Nick Cave’s output is more prolific than ever. He talks to Alexis Petridis about his new album — and why he would like to retire.

Bowie on top of the pops again

In an era of gossip websites and Twitter rumours, one of the world's biggest stars can still surprise ... by doing nothing more than making an album.

Bobby Womack: From soul survivor to the bravest man in the universe

Bobby Womack is so proud of his magnificent new album that nothing will stop him talking about it.

Winehouse posthumously polished up for Christmas market

<em>Lioness: Hidden Treasures</em> tells you a lot about Winehouse, albeit sometimes unwittingly.

You get what you need

Never one to give 'em what they want, Robert Plant goes his own way again and <b>Alexis Petridis</b> approves.

Flawed but not futile

Badly Drawn Boy: <i>Have You Fed the Fish?</i><p> By Alexis Petridis.

Press Releases

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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