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Dearly Beloved…goodnight

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“Prince gone? Damn,” read my text, after a friend alerted me to the passing of the rock star multi-instrumentalist composer and cultural beacon. “Prince Nelson…the black rock god??? Am I hearing you right?” enquired our Associate Editor MR BONGANI MADONDO. “Yup” was all I could muster. “Whaaaaaaat? When, why?” I sent him the Rolling Stone report, “Prince Dead at…

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The Collector | Percy Mabandu on his favourite jazz books

Journalist, artist and author Percy Mabadu. Image by Siyabonga Mkhasibe

Mr Percy Mabandu is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on numerous South African and international publications. A lifelong man of words and music aficionado,  his obsessions peak at the intersection of  jazz and literature. He shared some of his favourite jazz books with MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO. Mr Mabandu has been writing about art, jazz and the…

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Reconnecting Pangaea | The internet’s new voices

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Reconnecting Pangaea is a web series that explores the internet’s impact on modern African society. The first of three episodes – directed by noted.man contributor Mr Lee Molefi – looks at how South African popular culture has evolved, detailing the significance – and challenges – of the strong, young black online voice. Mr Siphiwe Mpye, our…

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Sibongile Khumalo | An eternal breath of life

Sibongile Khumalo

After listening to Ms. Sibongile Khumalo’s latest album and spending some time with her, MR MAJOLA MAJOLA is convinced that the veteran songbird has struck the right balance between an independently-minded entrepreneurial suss and making music that answers the questions of our time.    When future social anthropologists and music sociologists, measure the intrinsic value of music…

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