The musician and anti-apartheid fighter is still searing at 70 as he embarks on a tour
South Africa and Jamaica share a history marked by colonisation and slavery
The singer-songwriter evokes literature to write emotions on her latest record
Musicians out of Cape Town are making fabulous sounds that have been passed over by reviewers and which AI couldn’t churn out
Sound that has taken the world by storm is in danger of dying out in
a lacklustre industry
Books by or about local musicians, the music business and the music scene
The distinctive quality of Theuns Jordaan’s voice meant he became a standard part of the South African music landscape, particularly the Afrikaans market
Here are some of the best Durban albums released in the past two years that are sure to turn you into a believer.
His show brought out the life, dynamism and raw musicality that got squashed on to his album.
Twelve "exceptional" SA vocalists have been selected to compete in a sing-off to win a R170 000 study grant to advance their musical careers abroad.
The South African Music Awards has released its 2014 nominations, with the emotive newcomer Nakhane Touré leading the bunch.
The highest-earning but most overlooked artists in the music industry are finally getting their own awards ceremony.
Sama nominee Sizwe ‘Reason’ Moeketsi’s star is on the rise. We speak to him to find out why.
Award regulars Van Coke Kartel have won three prizes at the MK Awards, making them the event’s biggest winners.
How do you support independent music when it’s not stocked by mainstream retailers? The <i>M&G</i> does Record Store Day with a difference
From Moses Molelekwa to Fokofpolisiekar, the BLK JKS to the Kalahari Surfers, the M&G writers rate a decade in South African music.
Lira’s career emerged from her frustration with the
corporate sector, writes Sello S Alcock.
Lloyd Gedye reviews From Marabi to Disco: 42 Years of Township Music, an album that celebrates some of SA’s best music over four decades.
Mbaqanga’s greats get the reissue treatment. Lloyd Gedye takes a journey into the history of the Makgona Tsohle Band and the Mavuthela stable.
Gallo Records has chosen to go right back to Miriam Makeba’s musical roots for some great deluxe reissues.
IN MEMORIAM: In Miriam Makeba’s last interview she spoke to Robin Denselow about how hard it was to retire.
Wits University will be paying tribute to the life and career of composer Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph.
As a regular festival-goer, the forever winging festival veteran is as much a part of the goings on as the boisterous drunken louts.
The indie label that gave birth to grunge is a very different beast in 2008. Lloyd Gedye explores its roster
The first edition of the Uprising Festival eight years ago was organised by a group of 15-year-old skater punks with one stage.
The National Arts Festival boasts exciting intercultural music compositions as well as a plethora of South African works.
Lloyd Gedye reads Stars, Bars & Guitars: A Journey in South African Music by Jon Monsoon.
South Africa’s musical gems, from old-timers to the new generation, are given voice in two new books, writes Gwen Ansell.
Although the third South African Music Conference boasted a world-class, house-heavy lineup the real fireworks kicked off when Durban’s Finest, took to the stage. Kwanele Sosibo reports.