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Mo Laudi | through the eye of a Globalisto

He left Polokwane, South Africa, in the early 2000s for London, in search of a global outlet for his broad artistic proclivities. Mr Ntshebe “Mo Laudi” Bopape went on to become a global DJ, producer, sound artist, collaborator, entrepreneur and more recently, clothing designer. In this extensive Q&A he discusses collaboration, Art, Paris, Amapiano, Kimonos and the…

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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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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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Shabaka channels The Wisdom of Elders

Shabaka

London based saxophonist and bandleader Mr. Shabaka Hutchings recently launched Wisdom of Elders, the latest project from his outfit, Shabaka and the Ancestors, at The Orbit, in Johannesburg. In this exclusive conversation with MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO, he took us track by track, through the project. “Normally, when I write songs, I just start to write and then afterwards I…

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Be Bop or Be Dead

BONGANI MADONDO

MR BONGANI MADONDO – the author, critic, curator, raconteur, journalist, rabble rouser and our Associate Editor – launches his latest book, SIGH, THE BELOVED COUNTRY – Braai talk, Rock ‘n Roll and other stories tomorrow. In this exclusive extract from this, his third offering, he recalls a conflicted midnight conversation with Mr Abiodun Oyewole, the complex…

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