Friday, April 9th, 2010

Bhekumuzi Luthuli

The maskandi musician Bhekumuzi Luthuli passed away Wednesday after a long illness. He was only 48. Maskandi music is associated with the rural parts of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the music of Zulu migrants to Johannesburg. Luthuli, along with another musician Ihashi Elimhlophe (Bheki Ngcobo) did a lot to gain the genre mainstream

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The Ghostface Killah School of Music

Listen to the tune in this Vampire Weekend video (forget the aesthetic) and you’ll immediately identify the South African maskanda borrowings. But rapper Ghostface Killah (who should know better?) thinks otherwise. Q: Vampire Weekend is a group...