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Gwen Ansell

Gwen Ansell

    A repository for jazz historians
    A repository for jazz historians
    In the face of dwindling writing about South African jazz, bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli’s new book is not only a workbook for musicians...
    Parsing Kabila through rumba
    Parsing Kabila through rumba
    ‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
    A requiem for African identity
    A requiem for African identity
    ‘I’m very conscious,” says composer Paul Hanmer, “that by setting Setswana lyrics to the music, I’m not creating a ‘typical’ Mass...
    The making of Bra Hugh
    The making of Bra Hugh
    Trumpeter, flugelhorn-player, singer, composer and activist Hugh Ramapolo Masekela has...
    Beauty in struggle
    Beauty in struggle
    Rhythm it is we
    What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
    What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
    Back in 2000, musicians interviewed for my book on music and politics in South Africa,
    Fantasy fails to enchant
    Fantasy fails to enchant
    ELEVATION: THE THOUSAND STEPS by Helen Brain (Human & Rousseau)
    Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
    Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
    “If you [hoist the movement flag] tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain....
    ​Steampunk unearths reality
    ​Steampunk unearths reality
    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
    Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
    Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
    "Of course,” agrees novelist Nnedi Okorafor, “anybody can write about anything. Nobody wants to shut anything down. But people [of a given...
    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    The more levels it works on, the more delicious a book is. Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix — nominated for the Arthur C...
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)Gwen Ansell