Here’s a lil’ compilation of stuff I’ve written and filmed; stuff that has to do with imagining an alternative existence for us as Africans — be it through music, dance, or photography and film. Words On the sonic and spiritual worlds of Nduduzo Makhathini As he shared towards the end of the spiritual trip: “We…
Blk Jks Talk About Making Their New Album
Given that you’ve been playing together for so long, how do discussions around a song’s form happen? Does everyone kind of know how it’ll flow, or is there a sit-down beforehand to discuss the approach? You know the story of the hard drives being stolen at Soweto Theatre. By the time we were recording those…
Driving and Dreaming With Famole
In Maseru, a “4+1” refers to a five-seater vehicle used to transport people around town. Drivers also offer long-distance trips, often used by Basotho who have business in Ladybrand or Bloemfontein. One afternoon, Tseliso Monaheng caught a 4+1 from the other side of town to the taxi rank. The single passenger and driver embarked on…
#Fotografi | Johnny Cradle Photoshoot
Hung out on a rooftop with the homies and a 20-litre water container recently. This is what happened. Shouts-out to all involved. Check out the Johnny Cradle website for updates and such.
A Call To Action: Would You Buy These?
Yo! At the moment, I don’t feel that there’s anyone willing to pay for great, cutting-edge African writing that isn’t about politics. Music, for me, has always been a great place to write about intersections — socio-political issues; culutral issues; spiritual issues — not only on the African continent, but worldwide. I’m interested in experimenting with…
It’s a place I call home. The people whose businesses are getting looted and burned, some of them are my acquaintances. I’ve been going through all types of emotions throughout the day because of what’s happening in Jeppestown at the moment.
#Listening | Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time
For bra Peter Makurube…
Tumi Mogorosi – Thokozile Queen Mother
It’s humanly impossible to ignore the beauty of jazz drummer Tumi Mogorosi’s ‘Thokozile – Queen Mother’, a song which carries spirits of the ancients in its DNA. It’s subtle, paced at just the right tempo to control life and all that sustains it. Gabisile Motuba’s divine vocal intervention reconciles one with their maker everytime they…
I got to spend a day recently with some brothers who refer to themselves as Uberman, a fashion-conscious trio based in Pretoria. Besides shooting stills, I got to film some shots which then got edited down into short visual things. This one features music by bassist Herbie Tsoaeli.
Matt Curious (ft. Rob One) – Sidewinder
When he’s not being Rob Boffard and contributing think-pieces on a wide-ranging series of publications, from his work with the Guardian to his contributions in Wired and many more, Rob One writes compelling raps about decadence, and ropes in author/producer Matt Curious to make equally decadent beats in the blues tradition. The results are described as “a ridiculous…