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Busi Mhlongo, Goddam!

It’s been a decade since Busi Mhlongo succumbed to cancer. Niren Tolsi reflects on her life and the singular connection she formed with her audiences

Thandiswa takes a walk in Bra Hugh’s shoes

Thandiswa Mazwai speaks about her memories of playing with the trumpeter and what fans can expect from her collaboration with his band

Letters in song to the land of our dreams

‘A Letter to Azania’ recalls our origin stories now that the promised utopia of Azania has been reduced to ashes.

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The ‘man boy of all ages’ was one of the very best that South Africa – and the world – had to offer

Hamba kahle Bra Hugh, love Thandiswa

Like the meteorite Thandiswa Mazwai dreamed of before hearing of his passing, he was a celestial creative force but also her beloved ‘industry dad’

On home, father figures and the last days of the archetypal Bras as we know them

"This annotated mix of his music is not so much a tribute to a son of the soil than it is a conversation with his music".

Buyel’Ekhaya Mtase: This land of ours shrouded in song

Amid the fratricidal political mayhem threatening to rip the soul of the country asunder, a music festival proposes that local is the national

On our Lists this week: Saint John Coltrane, Gary Zukav and being ‘Black and British’

The Lists this week were compiled by Friday editor Milisuthando Bongela and senior arts writer Kwanele Sosibo

Curling lips, speaking tongues — Thandiswa Mazwai in tune at 40

Poet and singer Thandiswa Mazwai talks about intensity, integrity and sitting at the feet of your master

On our Lists this week: King Tha still reigns and Dave Chappelle’s SNL take on Trump

The Lists this week were compiled by Friday editor Milisuthando Bongela, senior arts writer Kwanele Sosibo and contributor Lindokuhle Nkosi

Going back for the future

Thandiswa Mazwai rediscovers her voice and returns with Belede, a nine-track jazzy album

Prince: So long you sexy motherf*cker

Three South African musicians talk about the spell of the purple one.

Cape Town Nu World Festival promises more cultural and musical diversity

The Cape Town World Music Festival returns to the music calendar with a new name and a clearer focus.

Local musos weave magic at World Music Festival

Carlo Mombelli, Sannie Fox, The Brother Moves On and Madala Kunene outshine the foreign acts in a two-day smorgasbord of music in Cape Town.

Something old, something new

When it comes to South African music royalty, you won't find a much more celebrated star than Dorothy Masuka.

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