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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...
[Video]For new Jo’burg band, the message is in the music
[Video]For new Jo’burg band, the message is in the music
Brand new to the music scene in the City of Gold, Kamili’s jazzy, soulful sound is garnering a steady following. They chat to us about their music.
[Video]Tea with Dorothy Masuka
[Video]Tea with Dorothy Masuka
We chatted to legendary singer Dorothy Masuka about her music, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and why she performs more overseas than in South Africa.
Bra Hugh blows in at 73
Bra Hugh blows in at 73
It has been a huge week for Hugh Masekela. Not only did he celebrate his 73rd birthday, but fresh from his performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, he launched a new album and a record label. ...
Where has all the music gone?
Where has all the music gone?
International festivals aren't the only music in Cape Town, finds music writer Gwen Ansell. In Gugulethu, a trade union is leading efforts to...
Sheer hard work brings its rewards
Sheer hard work brings its rewards
When I first interviewed Kyle Shepherd in 2009, he said: "I play with a deep hope that I can get somewhere in terms of my spirit." He was 21 then...
Notes from the heart
Notes from the heart
Before we have even settled in our seats at a Newtown coffee shop, two passers-by have given bassist Bakithi Kumalo the 'Wow! You're back in the...
Saul sings a rare treat for jazz lovers
Saul sings a rare treat for jazz lovers
The Guardian in London called her "the Queen of African Jazz" and if you were at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival five years ago...

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