Sandile Memela’s Reflections

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 […]

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Zulu Feng Shui

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 […]

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Umnikelo KaMoya

“Ase (or às̩e̩ or ashe[1]) 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 […]

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