AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Kyle Shepherd X

Artists loathe hyper-intellectualism. Rationalization tends to eradicate emotion and surrendering passion becomes another way to pay the devil. But then there are those artists whose intellectualism is a birthright, not by choice and inescapable. Take, for example, jazz phenomenom Kyle Shepherd, raised in a provincial Cape Town home where the household language was colonial British

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Live from Grahamstown

Every winter, for 11 days in early July,  the sleepy South African college town of Grahamstown comes alive with art. Artists from all over the world swarm to the tiny town, and every nook and cranny is packed...

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Let’s talk about #cancelColbert

I think Colbert’s stunt itself was incredibly annoying especially as his satire is often based in a smug ironic whiteness--and yes, smug people, I get that it's a character and that's how it's being presented. This doesn't...

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Our Favorite Album of 2013

I’ve had Shane Cooper’s “Oscillations” in my possession for the past four months. From the onset, it was clear that it wasn’t music I’d be content with listening passively to. It was necessary for me to live with...

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Vintage Cru: Challenging the Status Quo in South Africa with Dance

In the South African entertainment hierarchy, dancers are not usually considered to be at the top of the pile. DJs, singers and soapie stars often command greater audiences. Yet there’s a dance group out there that’s changing...

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 57

It’s the weekend, so let’s dig into the internet’s digital crates for some new music. In a video that strings together GIF-like movements and intriguing textural contrasts over innovative beats, UK rapper/producer Mickey Lightfoot makes his compelling...

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

An Interview with South African Jazz Artist Shane Cooper

The best interview subjects often-times turn out to not only possess an affable personality, but also tend to express vast, in-depth knowledge in whatever the topic under discussion may be. Cape Town-based bassist Shane Cooper is one...

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

An Ode to The Mahogany Room in Cape Town

“YOU might call me a catalyst. A catalyst changes everything, but it remains unchanged” — Sun Ra In just under a year, 79 Buitenkant Street in central Cape Town (around the corner from the country’s Parliament) has...

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

10 Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

This list of 10 albums by African artists probably says more about my own musical preferences than it does about all those other “Best Albums of 2012″ year-end lists floating around on the web which didn’t include...

Monday, March 19th, 2012

‘South African History !X’

Fresh off a Japanese tour, Capetonian jazz musician Kyle Shepherd returns with a third album entitled ‘South African History !X,’ which, he explains in the video above, “pays homage to the languages of the first nation people” and...

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Holland is Kaaps

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Zim Ngqawana

Zim Ngqawana (b. 1959), a key member of the second generation of South African jazz musicians, a student of Darius Brubeck, Yusuf Lateef, Max Roach and Archie Shepp and a major influence on the next generation of...

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Our People

This past summer at least three prominent figures of the Cape Town jazz scene–the saxophone players Robbie Jansen and Ezra Ngcukana and, most recently, pianist and historian Vincent Kolbe–passed.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The Liberation of Afrikaans

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...