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OkMalumKoolKat: The case of an escape artist
OkMalumKoolKat: The case of an escape artist
Mlazi Milano: Here is an album of 17 immaculately produced songs by OkMalumKoolKat. Certainly the most audacious attempt in recent memory to...
​'Examples' shows us the musical law of Eric Lau
​'Examples' shows us the musical law of Eric Lau
Eric Lau confesses a little secret — he would like to meet and work with pianist Afrika Mkhize. Lau, an electronic music producer based in London, encountered the pianist some years ago when he...
Singer Thandi Klaasen has died at 86
Singer Thandi Klaasen has died at 86
South African singer Thandi Klaasen has died at the age of 86 after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer recently. News of her death was...
Weheartbeat's niche brand packs a punchy pulse
Weheartbeat's niche brand packs a punchy pulse
I had pinky-sworn I’d never go to Kitcheners again. My reasons were not quite political. I just felt I had indulged it enough as a consumer. Last...
Singer George Michael of Wham! fame dead at 53
Singer George Michael of Wham! fame dead at 53
British pop singer George Michael, who shot to fame in the 1980s with Wham! and continued as a solo artist, died on Sunday at his home in England....
​Bending time with African instruments
​Bending time with African instruments
When musicologist and performer Dizu Plaatjies and his percussion ensemble iBuyambo introduced one of their songs at a recent Music in Africa...
​Two albums and a resistance
​Two albums and a resistance
The year 2016 seems to be slouching to some kind of morbid end. Commentators with a claim to progressive persuasions everywhere are making...
Seer with the devil's voice now hangs out with angels
Seer with the devil's voice now hangs out with angels
The thing about Leonard Cohen is that at the heart of his five-decade career the man’s vocals, especially after the 1960s, sounded just like how...
Acclaimed trumpeter Bruce Cassidy promises to take fans on a 'musical journey'
Acclaimed trumpeter Bruce Cassidy promises to take fans on a 'musical journey'
World-renowned musician Bruce Cassidy is returning to South Africa with his Anti-Gravity Machine show. Cassidy’s amalgam of...
The newest Tabane album is many things but the malombo music draws you in
The newest Tabane album is many things but the malombo music draws you in
Philip Nchipi Tabane’s latest album, ...
The family is the sanctum
The family is the sanctum
The first time I heard of Project Elo, the ensemble project anchored by Tumi Mogorosi’s drumming, a friend was enthusing about a launch...
The world is watching Nasty C and he knows it
The world is watching Nasty C and he knows it
It’s 23:30. Nasty C’s flight is almost an hour late. He arrives after dark to avoid the hassle of daytime travel, especially following the hype...
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
Gqom, perhaps no more than other forms of music, is a testosterone-driven genre where the record of female participation can sometimes go...
Angela Davis: Nina Simone's music was so much more than the soundtrack to a movement
Angela Davis: Nina Simone's music was so much more than the soundtrack to a movement
Former political prisoner; black feminist activist and theorist, writer and teacher Angela Davis will deliver the 2016 Annual Steve Biko Memorial...
It's finally here: Frank Ocean hits the right notes with the release of his album
It's finally here: Frank Ocean hits the right notes with the release of his album
He’s a soulful crooner, but has now also earned the title of the most epic procrastinator after casually delaying his album release by more...

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