/ 4 August 2023

This is Jo’burg Season 1, Episode 11


S1 Ep11: The Tongues of Brixton

Brixton, we have a problem.

But instead of sulking in the corner, the vocal residents of this diverse working-class suburb in Jo’burg are finding solutions that are progressive and inclusive. 

While far from perfect, they show the rest of Johannesburg that there’s hope where people work together.

Host: Charles Leonard

Guests: Faswillah Nattabi; Mark Schaerer; Mantis Shabane & Sharize Schaerer.

Photograph: Mantis Shabane by Charles Leonard


Compiled, produced, hosted & engineered by Charles Leonard.

Recorded in July 2023 for the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS).


  1. The Clash – The Guns of Brixton
  2. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill – Guns of Brixton (Manasseh Dub 4)
  3. Geoffrey Oryema – Lubanga
  4. Rhythm & Sound – Queen Version
  5. The Dynamics – Pull Up Your Socks


Fassie: 3’43”

Architect: 26’32”

Breezeblock: 39’58”

Choir: 45’29”