AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

#Belated: Tumi And The Volume

Their stage act resembles an inside joke; they play tricks on the audience with a wry sense of humour which underlies the whole scenario. The guitarist will sommer play a lick off of a well-known song of theirs (‘76’ and ‘People of the light‘ come to mind) before bouncing right back into material from their

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

New Sounds from Mozambique

Most of Mozambique’s music stars and musical genres known abroad come from the south of the country and the capital Maputo. That’s why Wired for Sound—the mobile recording studio we wrote about previously—toured the central and northern regions...

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The music that changed my life

The Cape Town suburb of Observatory is known for being a small bohemian enclave, providing low cost housing for students, artists and ‘free spirits’ of all sorts. Walk down Lower Main Road past the quaint mini-Victorian houses...

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

For young musicians in Mozambique, “a career in music is a pipe dream”

Young musicians in Mozambique don’t have much opportunity to record and distribute their music. “Wired for Sound,” a mobile recording studio that currently tours northern Mozambique seeks to change that. The team of the founding member of...

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Eating Nando’s in Gaborone

I spent part of last month at the biennial gathering of historians organised by the Southern African Historical Society. The conference at the University of Botswana was fantastic. Gaborone was, well, less so.* I think that the city is best...

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion: Chief Boima at The Apollo

This Saturday I’ll be djing between acts at The Apollo Theater’s Africa Now! Concert. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with the Apollo’s director about the different African crowds in New York (last year they had Tiken...

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Renouncing the Rhino

I used to like Rhinos, I never loved them, but I thought they were pretty cool. I once even saw a couple in the wild with my parents in Kruger National Park. Sadly, like so many other...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mugabe’s a Chicken

I don’t care much for Cape Town group Freshlyground’s muzak. But you can’t deny the cleverness of the video for their new single, “Chicken to Change.” They recruited the puppets–especially Robert Mugabe–from the intermittently funny, online South...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Toto meets Mango Groove

FIFA and the South African organizers of the World Cup yesterday unveiled the official World Cup tune. Sorry K’Naan. You’ll always have Coco Cola. The song, with an “African” beat (trying to figure out from where) and...

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Guest Post: Bongani Madondo on Busi Mhlongo

Last week I put up a short post about singer Busi Mhlongo’s struggle with cancer. This week my man Bongani Madondo, who is spending lots of time with Busi sent me a long “conversational piece” that is...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Day (Tweede Nuwejaar)

Around this time every year I especially the place where I was born and grew up. (Last year this time I was in Cape Town). Right now I am in northern Wyoming where its cold and snow...