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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...
​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...

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