My People and Water

MY PEOPLE AND WATER Like all kids growing up in a semi-rural space, most of our games took place by the river. This is quite evident in most of our repertoires and river songs. Alongside us playing by the river, we were also told numerous stories about gigantic creatures that lived in the river, most […]

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For The Love of Hip Hop

Let’s be frank about it, the Hip Hop culture thrives on trouble. This is not hard to tell as this music represents one of the most formidable sound-tracks of Urban/Ghetto life. For some of us who have grown up between the Urban areas and the Townships, the stories spun by some of our favorite MC’s […]

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An Afrikan Zion

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 […]

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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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