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The Portfolio: Rafs Mayet
The Portfolio: Rafs Mayet
It was heady times in September 1989. The first Mass Democratic Movement march in Durban had just happened earlier that week and many were drunk on...
Toward new orbits
Toward new orbits
The Orbit Live Music and Bistro in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, announced last week that it would be shutting down.
Inextricable link between jazz and fashion
Inextricable link between jazz and fashion
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has become a staple in the South African musical events diary. Defining jazz and what it means is a...
Blues for Bra Hugh
Blues for Bra Hugh
It is now common coin that the past is never a thing of the past. It is passed down and around like a gourd of beer or any kwaai piece of music....
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.
An icon shared with all of Africa
An icon shared with all of Africa
I had to come, and came from the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on my way back home to Accra, so I could express my condolences to Barbara and...
Hamba kahle Bra Hugh, love Thandiswa
Hamba kahle Bra Hugh, love Thandiswa
It was the morning of his passing and I had overslept for the first time in a long while.
On home, father figures and the last days of the archetypal Bras as we know them
On home, father figures and the last days of the archetypal Bras as we know them
My collection of Ramapolo Hugh Masekela is far from definitive. Therefore, this annotated mix of his music is not so much a tribute to a son of the...
Hugh, citizen of the world: A son remembers his dad
Hugh, citizen of the world: A son remembers his dad
It is with heavy heart that I confirm that my father, Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, has hung up his horn after a long battle with prostate cancer. It is...
Beauty in struggle
Beauty in struggle
Rhythm it is we
Chasing the Trane inside our souls
Chasing the Trane inside our souls
In Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, directed and written by John Scheinfeld, there are parts where you begin to feel...

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