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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...
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
There have been few innovative contributions that have sparked such polemical responses as the tussle over the categorisation of malombo as jazz,...
The weekend guide
The weekend guide
African Celebrations at the University of Johannesburg Weekend of Jazz: The festivities fall over the Africa Day weekend, with...
Folly to call mastery arrogance
Folly to call mastery arrogance
I renewed my vows with jazz last night. It’s not that I had fallen out of love with her. We both just thought we could do better — ya know,...
Keep walking: Mulatu Astatke remains a musician in motion
Keep walking: Mulatu Astatke remains a musician in motion
Ethiopian jazz master Mulatu Astatke will be taking a break from his extensive 2018 European concert
Farewell to my childhood
Farewell to my childhood
It’s hard for me to talk about jazz without talking about my father or contrasting the music to growing up ekasi.
Print, publish, distribute
Print, publish, distribute
You may think of Lephephe Print Gatherings as a strategy for person-to-person distribution or perhaps as an event to recognise the place of print...
Letta and Caiphus: Still watering the tree of uhuru
Letta and Caiphus: Still watering the tree of uhuru
The only Letta Mbulu album I own in tangible form is her 1973 opus, Naturally. In its cover image, Mbulu, in profile and almost in...
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
It’s a Thursday night at The Orbit in Braamfontein. I’ve never seen the venue heaving at such capacity, and madalas and lighties alike are...
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...
​Thandi Klaasen: Defying tragedy to do it her way
​Thandi Klaasen: Defying tragedy to do it her way
As hi-fi sets across the country’s townships began issuing their ritual jazz doses on Sunday, news came fluttering in that the song stylist...
Sello Galane and Nono Nkoane talk afrophonics and all that jazz
Sello Galane and Nono Nkoane talk afrophonics and all that jazz
Kiba music proponent and one-time Malombo member Sello Galane still has it in for jazz. At a recent International Jazz Day event at Freedom Park in...

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