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Jazz proves it knows no bounds
Jazz proves it knows no bounds
The Sandton Convention Centre is a buzzing labyrinth of glass, its escalators laden with revellers hungry for jazz.
All-or-nothing Nakhane’s happy
All-or-nothing Nakhane’s happy
‘I am happy, and I never describe myself that way,” Nakhane says. He’s in London where he has been completing his new album, from which the...
Don’t it always seem to go
Don’t it always seem to go
The year 1997 was important for the African-American hip-hop, pop and R&B scene.
Shepherd makes famo his own
Shepherd makes famo his own
There is an ease and a stealth with which Morena Leraba moves through different contexts — all, it seems, in the service of creating a sound....
On our Lists this week: Tank and the Bangas, and Morgan Parker
On our Lists this week: Tank and the Bangas, and Morgan Parker
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé. I saw the cover of Parker’s collection of poems on Instagram and...
On our Lists this week: EWM Mesatywa and Harriet Tubman
On our Lists this week: EWM Mesatywa and Harriet Tubman
Nocturne. United States collective The Heard has a new podcast called Nocturne, created by producer Vanessa Lowe’s wave of...
Slice of Life: Transcending sorrow through music
Slice of Life: Transcending sorrow through music
My dad was poisoned when I was one years old. He was soldier in the underground — an uMkhonto we Sizwe soldier — and was basically...
Rihanna, defiant witch-woman
Rihanna, defiant witch-woman
Sometimes when I remember my paternal grandfather, it is in monochrome: I imagine him capable of expressing only one emotion: anger. In my mind the...
Vinyl gives jazz nights a spin
Vinyl gives jazz nights a spin
Jazz is perceived by many as an “exclusive’’ and intellectual penchant. One of the problems I have with jazz, as both a genre and lifestyle,...

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