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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...
​Coldcut x SA musicians in unique collaborative project
​Coldcut x SA musicians in unique collaborative project
Musical innovators Coldcut — the duo of Matt Black and Jonathan More — are in Johannesburg for the first time. It’s an overcast late...
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...

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