Music

The day the dollar died, the music also crashed
The day the dollar died, the music also crashed
I recently watched a small band of merry young musicians setting up their rig at a Bulawayo township pub. The space was so small it could barely...
Bringer of fire lights the stage
Bringer of fire lights the stage
It’s a wet and humid Durban night in the middle of January when Dladla Mshunqisi finally makes an appearance at the Rich nightclub in Springfield....
Moleshe answers ‘Final Call’
Moleshe answers ‘Final Call’
Bra Zim Ngqawana walks in on you while you're teasing the piano's ebonies and ivories in a practice room eMakhanda. You feel his presence. You...
Just singing to his situation
Just singing to his situation
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi loved telling the story about the exact moment he decided to be a professional musician. The decision was made on a hot...
“We got Ja Rule on the phone …”
“We got Ja Rule on the phone …”
A wise man once asked: “Who gives a fuck what Ja Rule thinks at a time like this?” And although it is more than a decade after that joke was...
Zimbabwe’s master of song, Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66
Zimbabwe’s master of song, Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66
Zimbabwe’s master of song, Oliver Mtukudzi, has died at the age of 66. The news was confirmed by Gallo Records on Wednesday afternoon
Legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi passes away
Legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi passes away
Oliver Mtukudzi, passed away on Wednesday. He was 66 years old.
Madjozi a village girl for real?
Madjozi a village girl for real?
With Sho Madjozi’s carefree black girl outlook, a New Age athleisure take on tinguvu, and her biracial luminescence, it has been argued, that the...
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal, 2009. ANC president Jacob Zuma is electioneering in the build-up to the national polls.
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
In 1965, Malombo were the toast of the black world and they knew it. A teenage guitarist, with hardly a guitar to his name at that stage, knew it...
The soundtrack to Dezemba
The soundtrack to Dezemba
It is the second week of South Africa's favourite season: Dezemba. Stokvels are dividing the dividends from their earnings, camp chairs and cooler...
Kwaito: Golden or new age?
Kwaito: Golden or new age?
The death or otherwise of kwaito is up for debate. The originators of this music form, such as the Trompies, Mdu and B.O.P, insist that the...
Cassper’s filled up by his loyal Tsibipians
Cassper’s filled up by his loyal Tsibipians
‘To be honest/ I gotta give mad credit to fans/ for letting me be myself in a world you not allowed to/ You always give me your love/ I never...
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
“I was just trying to create something that sounded like hip-hop, but on a house tempo” is how DJ Lag tried to articulate his sound on our...

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