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The necessary evolution of Petite Noir

It has been a year since Mr Yannick Ilunga – the Congolese Angolan musician fanatically known as Petite Noir – moved back to his childhood Cape Town after a whirlwind stint of dream gigs and stardom in London, gliding through plaudits from an impressive list of mainstream and independent media. His sound – a fluid mix of 80s synch…

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King Kong, the Trojan Horse of protest music

King Kong, the musical that is one of South Africa’s preeminent moments of musical protest theatre, was born of a time when a brutal, illegitimate regime strengthened its stranglehold on visible resistance, and the world needed a cultural Trojan Horse to expose the plight of black South Africans to the world, writes MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA.    Music,…

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The Collector | DJ Bubbles

A veteran DJ with deep reverence for not only the groove, but the history, evolution and connectedness of music, DJ Bubbles (MR SAKHILE NDLAZI) commands respect from both colleagues and his legion of sonically engaged fans. He is versatile – spinning soul, jazz, funk, house, hip-hop and unboxed mind jolters – hopping between sets at…

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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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