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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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The Collector | Tha Muzik

tha muzik

Having recently returned to Johannesburg from a life-changing trip to Brazil where he played to a crowd of 6000 revellers, the collector and DJ, Mr Muzi Mtshali – or Tha Muzik in the streets – shared his first record, his next record and life lessons from vinyl. He spoke to MR SIPHIWE MPYE. Noted Man [NM]:…

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Dearly Beloved…goodnight

prince

“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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