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BLK JKS find life after robots
BLK JKS find life after robots
The cover artwork of the BLK JKS debut full-length recording (released in 2009) features an Andrew Dosunmu image of a Mosotho shepherd, his...
No romance without finance — a playlist
No romance without finance — a playlist
Earlier this week PhD student and author Lebohang Masango sat with Power FM's Aldrin Sampear to talk about her Master's...
Missy Elliot reasserts her reign
Missy Elliot reasserts her reign
It has been 14 years since Missy Elliott released an original collection of music. Every now and then, since her last album, The Cookbook,...
​Throwing it back: A Missy Elliot Playlist
​Throwing it back: A Missy Elliot Playlist
Just yesterday Missy Misdemeanor Elliot dropped an EP titled Iconology. The personal effort cements her status as an icon after receiving...
Almighty talent of Mandisi Dyantyis
Almighty talent of Mandisi Dyantyis
In an online video titled Mandisi Dyantyis Somandla, the artist — clad in a rugby jersey with his trumpet cradled in one hand — gives...
Finding Your Niche: Rouge
Finding Your Niche: Rouge
“I don’t only have South African stories to tell,” says hip-hop artist Rouge, who was born and raised in Pretoria by Congolese parents. “I...
Shekhinah is coming up roses
Shekhinah is coming up roses
As Mercury left retrograde and South Africa ushered in women’s month, Apple Music released an all-genre list to celebrate the women with the...
Geoffrey Tracey on being a bridge between cultures
Geoffrey Tracey on being a bridge between cultures
About five years ago I attended a workshop on southern African music by Geoffrey Tracey (47) on his family’s smallholding in Krugersdorp. Geoff...
Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
This piece by Richard Pithouse was first published in the Mail & Guardian in October 2000 to mark the 21st anniversary of Universal Men, the...
Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
In death, the artist begins the process of becoming a collective ancestor for South Africans and others around the world whose lives have been...
While tied to South Africa’s fortunes, Johnny Clegg’s music had a universal appeal
While tied to South Africa’s fortunes, Johnny Clegg’s music had a universal appeal
There was a sense of finality with which Johnny Clegg wrapped up his storied career which has not only seen him on the road perenially since 1983,...
The Portfolio: Andrew Curnow
The Portfolio: Andrew Curnow
In the film Shwabada, by Mind Your Head, about jazz legend Ndikho Xaba, musicologist Dr Sazi Dlamini says: “There is no for­mal process...
Rāms’s feet touch the ground and sky
Rāms’s feet touch the ground and sky
A significant portion of the upward trajectory of Rāms’s career has to do with his intuition. The Johannesburg-based rapper has a sixth sense...
Rap rebel without a pause
Rap rebel without a pause
For much of his career, motswako rapper Mo’Molemi has attempted to capture and make sense of the precarious position young black people...

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