Selfies with a Sax

  Downstairs in the foyer of the Sandton Convention Centre, a stage loaded with mute instruments offers Joy of Jazz festival-goers the chance to grab their very own selfie as a jazz star. Hop up, grab a sax – never mind if you don’t know where your hands go – “Oooh, I didn’t realise: this [...]

How Mabuse Made His Sticks Hot

  Burnout is more than just a song by Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. It is a singular signifier of what it meant to be South African in the 80s. The slow-building, passionate delivery and the unforgettable keyboard riff resonated with pretty much everyone who heard it. Kids in the township reclaimed it, throwing their own nonsensical [...]

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