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The List: Live and direct selections by Thandi Ntuli

The recently released Live at Jazzwerkstatt album finds pianist and composer Thandi Ntuli rearranging her material for a live, large ensemble performance. Here, she meditates on her favourite live albums over the years

Spirituality at the core of sax great’s sound

Oyama Mabandla explores the idea that artistic success has spiritual bliss at its centre.

Dodging the sjambok: How musicians got around apartheid’s laws

The country was a very strange world, but artists, audiences and record companies found ways to get their sound out there

The Portfolio: Rafs Mayet

"He had a formidable reputation amongst photographers and would not hesitate to throw you out if you disturbed him onstage"

Folly to call mastery arrogance

A chance comment about Nduduzo Makhathini reveals the ignorant disdain in which many people hold those who succeed

The lovelight of Winnie Mandela

The parallel destinies of an artist and her muse are telling of the fate of women in struggle

No more pain: Lala ngoxolo Bra Hugh Masekela

A raconteur par excellence and larger than life figure, Masekela takes to his grave a part of each and everyone of us.

Struggle songs let us be heard

Understanding how these are used to mobilise people will advance our democratic project

Jazz proves it knows no bounds

The Joy of Jazz’s venue was cumbersome but couldn’t constrain a genre that revels in flouting restrictions

The Lists: James Baldwin and SA jazz icons Abdullah Ibrahim and Moses Molelekwa

The Lists this week were compiled by Friday editor Milisuthando Bongela and contributor Mandisa Mbelu

An evening with Dollar Brand

On entering, he appeared to walk with difficulty, possibly arthritic or hip problems, have beset the composer for “a hip king”.

Gifts from a jazz maestro – Abdullah Ibrahim

Legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim returns to his beloved Cape Town to weave his storytelling magic.

DON’T MISS THIS: Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya in Jo’burg

Legendary jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim is to perform at The Lyric, along with this US band, Ekaya.

Jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin dead at 76

Renowned Capetonian vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin, who was launched onto the world's stage by jazz legend Duke Ellington, has died.

For Cape Town’s jazz maestros, history is sacred

Local jazz veterans appearing at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival reflect on the city’s vibrant musical heritage.

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