Music

Playing the Fool at eSwatini Festival
Playing the Fool at eSwatini Festival
In its twelfth edition, Bushfire festival has found its lifestyle stride with markets, food and camping facilities abound, but the music programming is paying the cost. At most times of the year, a drive from Johannesburg to The Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and back makes...
Falz remakes ‘This is America’ capturing Naija’s complacency and pain
Falz remakes ‘This is America’ capturing Naija’s complacency and pain
When Childish Gambino’s music video for This is America was released several weeks ago, it created a platform for global analysis and...
M.I.A.’s collage clarifies the cause
M.I.A.’s collage clarifies the cause
In 1985, the wave of Sri Lankan refugees to South London included 10-year-old Mathangi Arulpragasam, her mother, brother and sister. Her father...
Alade sets bush festival on fire
Alade sets bush festival on fire
Technically, it would be possible to attend each of the festivals over the April to June period in the southeastern nook of Africa. The most...
Sound shifting ‘janet.’ is still hot
Sound shifting ‘janet.’ is still hot
I was too young to understand the lyrics of That’s the Way Love Goes when it enjoyed video rotation on the Friday night music show...
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
There have been few innovative contributions that have sparked such polemical responses as the tussle over the categorisation of malombo as jazz,...
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The honour of having chaperoned guitarist and sound architect Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane to his last gig went not to his biological son, with whom he...
Song cycle unlocks cultural ties
Song cycle unlocks cultural ties
‘I guess for me, it’s all about integration,” says Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi over the clink of teaspoons and a chorus of animated mid-morning...
KZN Heritage Ensemble: History gets a voice
KZN Heritage Ensemble: History gets a voice
‘Around 1985, when I was about six years old, we would herd cattle in the hills,” says vocalist and cultural researcher Mbuso Khoza. “I grew...
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
The local music industry is undergoing a huge change. From the fringes, a new set of rules is slowly emerging, favouring individuality, unrestrained creativity and a break from a rigid obsession with prepackaged genres....
Following 'Black Matter' on roads less travelled
Following 'Black Matter' on roads less travelled
The road to eternal salvation is supposedly filled with pastors, tithes and fasting. It is much like the road from Johannesburg to Maputo, filled...
Childish Gambino shows us America
Childish Gambino shows us America
It starts in a well-lit, empty hangar, with only a guitar placed on a chair. A man walks in, takes a seat and starts to strums the guitar. At first...
Musician Mbuso Khoza on Princess Magogo and neutered patriarchy
Musician Mbuso Khoza on Princess Magogo and neutered patriarchy
Singer and composer Mbuso Khoza has a versatile and affecting voice that allows him to make strong contributions to any musical ensemble he...
Spat clouds malombo festival
Spat clouds malombo festival
These days it is hard to get a word out of master guitarist and band leader Philip Tabane, also known as Dr Malombo. It is perhaps deserved for a...

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