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Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
This piece by Richard Pithouse was first published in the Mail & Guardian in October 2000 to mark the 21st anniversary of Universal Men, the...
Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
In death, the artist begins the process of becoming a collective ancestor for South Africans and others around the world whose lives have been...
While tied to South Africa’s fortunes, Johnny Clegg’s music had a universal appeal
While tied to South Africa’s fortunes, Johnny Clegg’s music had a universal appeal
There was a sense of finality with which Johnny Clegg wrapped up his storied career which has not only seen him on the road perenially since 1983,...
[Video]Sjava: Not just your everyday rapper
[Video]Sjava: Not just your everyday rapper
Late bloomer: South African hip-hop’s household crooner Sjava has been writing music for over 14 years.
Isina Muva liyabukwa
Isina Muva liyabukwa
Sjava struggles with the idea of attributing his prolific discography to talent. He argues that the artistic medium was a staple in his diet on the...
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal, 2009. ANC president Jacob Zuma is electioneering in the build-up to the national polls.
Tune in to the wails of Maskandi
Tune in to the wails of Maskandi
It could have been a Thursday or Friday night at one of the bohemian clubs in Braamfontein, Jo’burg. The DJ was playing a range of genres from...
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi Mazibuko (27) reclines in his chair and furrows his brow. “That’s not entirely true,” says the Johannesburg-based electronic music...
Talking tough: Maskandi turns into a blood sport
Talking tough: Maskandi turns into a blood sport
Although maskandi legend Phuzekhemisi loves Mroza’s hit Van Damme, its allusion to waging war flies over his head. The song speaks about...
Plucking chords from dreams
Plucking chords from dreams
In a YouTube video of a live concert, guitarist Sibusile Xaba runs through a few tracks. The first is an excruciating-looking solo acoustic version...
One giant leap for the faithless
One giant leap for the faithless
I was shocked by the recent story of the return from the grave of maskandi musician Khulekani Kwakhe Mseleku, known as Mgqumeni. For three years...
The music of Everyman
The music of Everyman
One noisy night, months ago, in the company of a friend, I got a ride in Andrew Mabandla Zwane's metered taxi, a white Volkswagen Jetta 3. Playing...

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