Music

Portrait of Ben Sharpa - O' Kaptin My Kaptin - as a young man
Portrait of Ben Sharpa - O' Kaptin My Kaptin - as a young man
“I go as far back being a 14-year-old, bumping into him at Le Club, shortly before it moved to Rippingtons. It was a Saturday afternoon and he...
Connecting through silence with Zoë Modiga
Connecting through silence with Zoë Modiga
Silent concerts enforce a special kind of intimacy. The fact that you can only hear the music being performed live through headphones eliminates...
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Nearly two years has elapsed since Thabang Tabane’s solo debut Matjale was recorded at the Mamelodi West, Pretoria, home he shared with...
A family by any other name
A family by any other name
Friday night, July 20 2018, will forever be emblazoned in my mind as the most comprehensively gag-worthy family function I have ever had the honour...
Nonku Phiri reloaded
Nonku Phiri reloaded
The first time I heard composer and singer-songwriter Nonku Phiri was by complete accident.
Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
There are two ways to define the hive mind concept. In science fiction, this is when the unified consciousness of aliens helps them gain control...
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
For better or worse, Sandy B has always been an artist ahead of his time. In 1994, the Durban-based artist released Amajovi Jovi —...
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
BORN TO KWAITO by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu (Blackbird Books)
Weeping before the choir
Weeping before the choir
There is a haunting sorrow which can sometimes accompany gospel music. When it arrives, it is cold and devastating, especially if your faith is...
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
In 2017, after watching an EPK named Gqomwave (the title of both Maphorisa’s and Rudeboyz’s releases; you can guess who coined it...
Better together, and closer apart
Better together, and closer apart
In a defining cover story for Surface magazine last year, Antwaun Sargent declared “Solange is not a pop star”.
Global Citizen: Global force or global farce?
Global Citizen: Global force or global farce?
There is a video in which Hugh Evans speaks about the modus operandi of his philanthropy group Global Citizen, which is hosting a huge charity...
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
In 1985, South African music legend Ray Phiri collaborated with a number of other South African artists on Paul Simon’s legendary Graceland...
Drummer Ayanda Sikade unearths the lost gem 'Movements'
Drummer Ayanda Sikade unearths the lost gem 'Movements'
Ayanda Sikade is not a tall man in stature. In fact, on some bandstands, he seems to disappear behind the drum kit and then into the music. Perhaps...

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