My most enjoyable and effective musical performances are those that take place in my kitchen or living room. This is primarily because of the close proximity between my audience and me. There is a dynamic interactivity involved in such an intimate space that cannot truly be achieved in larger performance spaces. My family and I […]Read more "Eugene Skeef’s Response to Makhathini’s Bandstand Theory"
BANDSTAND So I have been thinking quite intensely about how we set up on stage as a band and ultimately how the bandstand could be perceived as a sacred space. Some of the questions are: what informs our stage layout, how is this space shared with the fellow musicians, the audience and our ‘shadows’ in […]Read more "Zulu Feng Shui"
STORYTELLERS Though this concert was billed as ‘Tete Mbambisa SA-UK Big Sound 2017 Tour’ sitting [or rather standing as the music had kept me on my feet the entire time] in the audience at ‘The Rainbow’ jazz club in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal, Sunday the 9th of July 2017, I felt as though the responsibility of […]Read more "Story Tellers : A Review by Nduduzo Makhathini"
“Ase (or às̩e̩ or ashe) is an African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. It is given by Olodumare to everything – gods, ancestors, spirits, humans, animals, plants, rocks, rivers, and voiced words such as songs, prayers, praises, curses, or even everyday conversation. Existence, according to Yoruba thought, is dependent upon it. In addition […]Read more "Umnikelo KaMoya"
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Around 2005 I received a call from my closest friend Bheki Mseleku. I was saddened to hear that he had had enough of our home country South Africa, where he had lost his Steinway upright piano through some bad deal. Coupled with this, his health and his tolerance of an unsympathetic music industry had deteriorated […]Read more "Timelessness part 1: Bheki Mseleku remembered"