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Wisdom and shamanic beauty

The legendary bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Mr Ray Chikapa Phiri is no more. As he is remembered today at a memorial in his hometown of Neilspruit and will be laid to rest this weekend, our editor MR SIPHIWE MPYE remembers a wise master of metaphor and melody.      I marveled silently at the lush,…

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The Mbira | a story of appropriation and dilution

On the 37th anniversary of Zimbabwean independence, MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA charts the history of the colonial capture and appropriation of the Mbira, arguably the Shona nation’s most spiritual musical instrument.   Cultural performance, music and rhythm have always been vehicles that transport (even teleport) humanity through the highways of spiritual linkage. Whether it is travelling to the past, communicating…

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noted.dialogues: Eric Lau – Part 1

Music Producer Eric Lau in Melville, Johannesburg, January 2017. Image vy Mr Siyabonga Mkhasibe.

Mr Eric Lau, the Londoner music producer and reluctant Dj who is an habitual favourite among South African fans of hip-hop rooted, cross genre soul music, left Johannesburg this week, after almost a month of gigs and connecting in Jozi and Cape Town. He recently released the instrumental record ‘Examples’ and will be following that up…

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90 Miles Ahead

Mr Miles Davis has been dead for twenty traumatic, sick years. Long live The Prince of Darkness. In his 90thbirthday year, the cultural systems innovator has never been more alive: a new biopic by Mr Don Cheadle; a new record helmed by Mr Robert Glasper; magazine splashes re-evaluating him as a rock ‘n roll icon;…

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