Music

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,...
A fresh brew of old numbers
A fresh brew of old numbers
Hip-hop and jazz are like a separated parent and child. When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, it was a...
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,
Damian Marley's Joburg show is the best taster for Zakifo
Damian Marley's Joburg show is the best taster for Zakifo
Before Damian Marley, the last dancehall artist I had seen perform live was Assassin.
Casting the music festival network wider
Casting the music festival network wider
The Igoda festivals during Africa month, which commemorates the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25 1963, are taking place...
How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
Kwaito always had difficulty reinventing itself and finding its next step. In the 1990s, a slight variance of artists — TKZee, B.O.P, Mandoza,...
How SA jazz saved my spirituality
How SA jazz saved my spirituality
One Sunday morning, I commit the cardinal sin of switching the radio dial from Thuso Motaung’s booming, God-impersonating sermon to Brenda...
Cramped festival, hot music and all that jazz
Cramped festival, hot music and all that jazz
Music festivals are for the vibe (as in more than just the music), say the more sophisticated among us. But for as long as I can remember, the Cape...
​A pursuit of balance for music in Cape Town's city centre
​A pursuit of balance for music in Cape Town's city centre
Cape Town has struggled with balance for centuries – a core consequence of both its colonial history, and its legacy of apartheid architecture....
Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
Rapper Riky Rick captured media and public attention last week when he announced his departure from Mabala Noise, the controversial label to which...
​Tumi’s albums: from best to just okay
​Tumi’s albums: from best to just okay
The self-titled album gave birth to one of his biggest radio singles, By Any Means, featuring Emtee and Yanga.
​What does foreign validation of SA music really count for?
​What does foreign validation of SA music really count for?
Last Thursday, an event in Johannesburg, the name of which told you everything and nothing you needed to know about it: “Subterranean Wavelength...

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