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I am listening to Huba Mnazaretha, Mbuso Khoza’s rendition of hymns originally composed by by the founder of the Baptist Nazareth Church’s founder, the Prophet Isaiah Shembe aka Umqali Wendlela. The music is beautiful, the choral harmonic structure is not quite Western and not quite Eastern, it is Zulu-centric as it follows the slow and […]Read more "An Afrikan Zion"
Indlela inkolo yamaZayoni esikhule ngayo, yaze yakwazi ukungena khaxa kusikompilo lwabohlanga, yazakhela ngisho amahubo ayo angakaze abonwa, kungathi isingathola igama elinye eliyehlukanisayo ne Zionism nezinkohlakalo zayo. Kanjalo nenye engikhethe ukungayibaluli ngezizathu ezingadalulwanga. #Ukuphawula akoni nhlooooooobo. Sabelo Isgqila Seqiniso Khonjwayo “nezinkohlakalo zayo” Ndosi Magaye Uzwe kahle mnewethu. Inkohlakalo igcwele imbiwe yinsele idida nosathane umnikazi wayo iZionism leyo. Ukudliwa kwemihlaba yabantu […]Read more "To Zion or Not To Zion? A conversation about AmaZioni Music, Afrocentricity and Political Zionism"
Mbira Dzavadzim’ my new friend It is almost as if the majority our African indigenous instruments were purposefully built with overtones to constantly allow our ancestors to sing through them and remind us about the existence of other esoteric planes of consciousness. I personally think the functional design of these instruments was to allow one […]Read more "Divination: Mbira Dzavadzim"
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"