Dim the lights, open the popcorn and let Charles Leonard play you his favourite songs about movies and actors on this mixtape, with tracks dedicated to celluloid heroes, villains, aliens, vampires, lovers, fighters and sex bombs

The Last Afternoon in the Garden | Introduction

Ayanda Ngila was assassinated in the Ekhenana communal garden in Durban, South Africa, on the 8th of March, 2022. Ayanda was 30 years old and shot in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon. He was fixing a water pipe in front of women and children and as he went down he yelled for […]

Ampersand Mixtape 7: Food and feasting

This mixtape, packed with tasty tunes from around the world, will titillate your palate and ears with music about veggies, fish and stews, as well as fruit, dessert and cake. There’s even a song with a recipe for a Brazilian shrimp stew

This is Jo’burg Season 1 Episode 10

Between 1936 and 1975 a radio station subverted young Jo’burgers all the way from Mozambique. LM Radio’s highly effective ad department came for their money, but it was its DJs that took their souls with the freewheeling “hippy” music that they played. Historian Charles van Onselen explains how that made the apartheid elders at the SABC spitting mad