AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Winston Mankunku Ngozi

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Basil Breakey’s images: An important recording of South Africa Jazz

A few weeks ago, the Central Library in the Cape Town made a book maze from books that were intended to be pulped. Inserted in between the stacks of books that were packed on the first floor, coming up to my shoulders, and sitting atop the stack was a book, Beyond the Blues: Township Jazz in the...

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Playlist: South African Jazz for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the man that so many South Africans have come to love, even those who grew up being taught that he was a communist and a terrorist when communism was portrayed as a great evil....

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...

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

R.I.P. WINSTON MANKUNKU NGOZI

I got an email this morning from Johannesburg-based music journalist, Gwen Ansell: “… For those of you who have not already heard the sad news, I’ve just heard from Rashid Lombard in Cape Town that Winston Mankunku...