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Derek Davey

Derek Davey

Derek Davey is a sub-editor in the Mail & Guardian’s supplements department who occasionally puts pen to paper. He has irons in many metaphysical fires – music, mantras, mortality and mustaches.
    Vumacam’s eye in the sky solution
    Vumacam’s eye in the sky solution
    Johannesburg residents may well wonder what the function is of the futuristic, circular grey domes that now adorn many street poles. Although many...
    ​Delta Skelter: Notes from a nascent music festival
    ​Delta Skelter: Notes from a nascent music festival
    It’s a long drive to Maun from Johannesburg. The distance is only 1 250km, but it’s unwise to drive in the dark in Botswana, as the roads are...
    Deep listening will serve us better than building walls
    Deep listening will serve us better than building walls
    I’ve got a friend who has tried killing herself a couple of times and is severely depressed because the world doesn’t have a future. How can...
    Geoffrey Tracey on being a bridge between cultures
    Geoffrey Tracey on being a bridge between cultures
    About five years ago I attended a workshop on southern African music by Geoffrey Tracey (47) on his family’s smallholding in Krugersdorp. Geoff...
    Capers of a cheeky jazzman
    Capers of a cheeky jazzman
    The rise of the DJ has, with the 2008 economic crash, spelt the demise of many a musician. Venues would rather hire one DJ than a whole group of...
    The deep African science of Smiles Makama
    The deep African science of Smiles Makama
    Smiles Mandla Makama is making a comeback. The 63-year-old Swazi musician won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the December 2018 MTN Swaziland Music...
    Cop killer or political prisoner?
    Cop killer or political prisoner?
    Two years ago, a sculptor called Rigo 23 hewed a 3.5m statue of artist Leonard Peltier out of redwood, with a base exactly the same size as a...
    International awards for local director
    International awards for local director
    Selling Isobel is a gruelling, full-length feature film, which tells the story of Frida Farrell’s trafficking experience — she...
    Riding an ancient BMW
    Riding an ancient BMW
    "If you’re worried about the performance of the BMW R65, I only have one thing to say: welcome to old age!”
    ​‘Scars’ brings Syd Kitchen’s voice to life
    ​‘Scars’ brings Syd Kitchen’s voice to life
    SYD KITCHEN: SCARS THAT SHINE by Donvé Lee (Tracey McDonald Publishers)
    Cash grants help Lesotho's poorest
    Cash grants help Lesotho's poorest
    Masheoa Mojela has lost her own three children but takes care of her three grandchildren. Her village in the Makhoarane district is half an hour...