South African Music

Prince, pessimism and protest songs

Prince, pessimism and protest songs

Yesterday was Prince’s birthday.  A mononym. A master. A maverick. Today is the day I logged into my emails to find that the letter I wrote to the Military Ombudsman was returned with an “address not found” error message. I was hoping to find, instead, an acknowledgement of my email...
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On: Solo’s The Dreamer’s ABCs

On: Solo’s The Dreamer’s ABCs

A square clock is suspended from the ceiling. The short hand is placed on the eight and the long one waves past two. Below the clock, and on the floor, a banner with the Soweto Theatre and Joburg Theatre logos stands tall behind a close-together band set-up including keys, MPC...
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The Writers: Zoe Modiga

The Writers: Zoe Modiga

Full disclosure: I didn’t remember that Seba Kaapstad’s second album, Thina, would be out on May 17. And I didn’t know I would watch Zoe Modiga on stage, joined by the super dope Nomfundo Xaluva and the super ill Aus Tebza, at the Joy of Jazz line-up reveal. But sandwiched...
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The Writers: Zingah

The Writers: Zingah

If you get a chance to, pay attention to the personal development Zingah has undertaken in the years since he was a kid in Cashtime Fam. For The Writers, though, Zingah and I spoke about his songwriting and stretching himself. Definitely one of my most unexpectedly illuminating conversations. What's your...
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On: 3T

On: 3T

“Can you believe the internet was down,” he asks me rhetorically as he sits down. He shakes his head. “But things like that always happen to me,” he smirks and then says: “The internet only went down when I arrived, they’ve never had that happen to anyone else.” If I...
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