Music

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...
Reading the psalm of Yeezy
Reading the psalm of Yeezy
'Sunday Service' is a sonic gathering led by Kanye West. The so-called services are a blend of gospel take on secular music as well as West’s...
A brief history of gospel music’s evolution
A brief history of gospel music’s evolution
The enslaved Africans who first arrived in the British...
Reflecting on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Black President’
Reflecting on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Black President’
It was an amazing coincidence, but it felt more like magic.
The oneness of all things
The oneness of all things
My first experience of music happened between the intertwining contexts of Radio Zulu, Bantu education and Radio Freedom.
I just can’t stop lovin’ you
I just can’t stop lovin’ you
Michael Jackson speaks to and for the monstrous child in us all — Margo Jefferson, On Michael Jackson (Granta Books)...
Isina Muva liyabukwa
Isina Muva liyabukwa
Sjava struggles with the idea of attributing his prolific discography to talent. He argues that the artistic medium was a staple in his diet on the...
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure enter Rock Hall of Fame
Genre-bending acts Radiohead and The Cure led a British invasion into Brooklyn Friday night to take their spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,...
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...
Marrabenta, the pulse of Moz
Marrabenta, the pulse of Moz
Before the first note of the 2019 Marrabenta Festival finale in Matola was played a late-summer cyclone hit, sending the tents flying and causing...
Blick Bassy seeks the future from 1958
Blick Bassy seeks the future from 1958
"What helped to make us famous in Cameroon was that we were very young but we had decided to sing in our mother tongues,” says musician Blick...
Dorothy Masuka, a rare gift from our ancestors
Dorothy Masuka, a rare gift from our ancestors
Dorothy Masuka arrives at the Soweto Hotel and orders a cup of rooibos. She is coming down with flu and tells me she needs a little honey on her...
Kay Faith is rigging the Cape sound
Kay Faith is rigging the Cape sound
Sometime in the 1980s, when Rick Rubin was completing a degree at the New York University, he co-founded Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons....
The new accordion cowboys
The new accordion cowboys
When gun-toting Boers were threatening to usurp Lesotho from its rightful inhabitants during the rampant wars of the 1800s, Morena Moshoeshoe I...

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