THE REVOLUTIONARY ATTITUDE OF MUSICAL GENIUS – BHEKI MSELEKU Theorizing the life, meaning and purpose of master pianist, multi instrumentalist and highly gifted musical composer Bheki Mseleku is a difficult task. When he returned to the country, although he had neither music training or qualification, it is reported that he applied to various supremacist institutions […]Read more "Sandile Memela’s Reflections"
Black Panther, riffing on the flick. The social media commentary has been so interesting and in some cases brilliant, I had decided not to add my $0.02. After all there are many who are better equipped to do so for many reasons (I haven’t even read the comic books yet). But the challenge of my […]Read more "Salim Washington’s Thoughts after viewing the film Black Panther"
One day soon I shall write something about the feeling I get when I listen to Nduduzo Makhathini’s Inner Dimensions and Matunda Ya Kwanzaa albums, but for now, lets just reflect….Read more "Reflections upon Reflections"
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"