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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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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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