Sibongile Khumalo performing in New York, 2007.
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Both choirs and classical music were childhood influences on a stellar career that would leave behind major new recordings in these areas.
Sibongile Khumalo in New York in 2014, alongside McCoy Mrubata on tenor saxophone.
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She was a vocalist who sang in every style – from Carmen to UShaka – with equal mastery, popularising classical forms and epitomising ‘the new South Africa’.
Drummer Jason Moser records a live-streamed performance in a South African theatre during lockdown.
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The plight of live music mapped in the new survey should concern anyone looking to the return of the country’s diverse live music scene.
A group of colleagues taking up the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Cape Town.
Like Pata-Pata, Homeless and Mbube, the song Jerusalema is elevated by a historical moment in time and has the power to cross over to different audiences.
Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba.
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During the coronavirus pandemic the Jerusalema dance challenge enacted a way for communities to connect - repetitive enough to be picked up and varied enough to tease.
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The artist’s body of work, through its very public focus on queer masculinity, offers alternative ways of thinking about what being a man is.
Sho Madjozi, who performed in a live stream benefit concert during lockdown.
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The live streaming of music events online is full of potential – but right now few artists or hosting venues are earning much from it.
Gilbert Matthews during an interview a few years before his death.
His talent took him across the world - he was Ray Charles’ regular drummer - and the music he was exposed to sparked innovation when he returned home.
Her sensitive new album is rooted at home in South Africa while at the same time journeying to Mali, where it was recorded and co-produced with Salif Keita.
A mural by famed Cape Town artist Faith47.
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There aren’t a lot of studies on South Africa’s cultural economy. A new one finds a cluster of creative firms in Cape Town with high levels of innovation.
A period of intense dreaming in 1964 shaped the entire body of the late Joseph Shabalala’s songs. In these rare in-depth interviews, he spoke of his beliefs and inspirations.
Hugh Masekela: one of the great jazz trumpeters was often relegated to the ‘world music’ section.
There are many sub-genres of Hip Hop, so why is all non-Anglophone music lumped under the label ‘world music’?
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Philip Tabane was unlike any other musician. His music was intimately woven into his cosmology and spirituality.
Mandoza at the South African music Awards in 2012.
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Kwaito music star Mandoza was an important symbolic figure in the post-apartheid cultural scene. His success and his refusal to relinquish his tsotsi identity redefined what kind of man could be respected in a free South African.
Why should African graduates be honoured with a Latin song when the continent has plenty of its own music and ways of celebrating?
A Latin song takes centre stage at graduation ceremonies around the world, including in South Africa. Isn’t it time the continent used its own methods to celebrate major events?
The age-old question of whether musicians should be writing for themselves or for their audiences has no easy answer.
While the debate seems not to be solvable, three academics look at the question of whether artists should provide entertainment or write for their own pleasure.
In a track called Bring it Back Home, Hugh Masekela bemoans the tendency by politicians, who after ascending to power, discard the people who helped them get there.
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Concert organisers began to compete for government contracts. Often these contracts came with conditions as to who, among musicians, was desirable at government events.
South Africa’s Oppikoppi music festival in the town of Northam, Limpopo has come to represent the aspirations of a generation which embraces the diversity of the country’s peoples and their respective music.
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The Oppikoppi Music Festival, one of the biggest and most popular in South Africa, holds on to the musical memories of the past and provides a musical map to the future.