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A Stand-out from the Sanctum

  Artist: Tumi Mogorosi/Gabi Motuba Album: Sanctum Sanctorium Drummer Tumi Mogorosi’s Project Elo took the South African and international jazz world by storm, earning him critical praise and a loyal following. Blending epic vocal performances, soaring horns and propulsive percussion that deeply mined the soundscape of South Africa for inspiration, Project Elo was a spiritual [...]

Mandoza, Nkalakatha & A Divided SA

  For a country whose citizens were slowly starting to learn about each other, the late 1990s and early part of a new century were times of nervousness.  The racial divides of the past were profoundly apparent — as much as they are today, certainly —  and the journey into the unknown scary.  Dance-floors and [...]

Circle of Ancestors

  2016 is turning into an epic year for Shabaka Hutchings. Whether performing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with The Enlightenment Ensemble, producing cosmic-electro-jazz with The Comet is Coming, laying down electro-jazz-punk with Melt Yourself Down or exploring emancipatory spiritual jazz with the best South Africa’s young lions, The thirty-two-year-old saxophone and clarinet prodigy from [...]

Calculating the National Arts Festival

  Many theatre-makers on the Fringe of the National Arts Festival often wonder what they need to do to attract audiences in a highly competitive market with more than 300 productions on the Fringe alone, in addition to the Main programme’s offerings. The Festival has released its 2016 attendance figures (“…ticket sales and attendance at [...]