Mac McKenzie

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Music / The Struggle

In the 1980s The Genuines (“South Africa’s only black rock band“) ruled protest band music in Cape Town. (They had some competition from jazzmen Robbie Jansen, Basil Coetzee and  to some extent from white rockers Bright Blue). The Genuines consisted of the very talented Mac McKenzie (bass and leader), Hilton Schilder (keyboard player), Gerard O’Brien (guitar) and Ian Herman

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The Music of Alex van Heerden

This month is the first anniversary of trumpet player Alex van Heerden’s sudden passing last January. When he died he was recording music with a band of farm workers, the Delta Optel Vastrap Band (that’s them above)....

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Day (Tweede Nuwejaar)

Around this time every year I miss the place where I was born and grew up. (I make it there every other December). Right now I am in northern Wyoming where it is cold and snow turned...