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Twenty-Five Years On: Tracy Chapman

Talking About A Revolution, the opener of Tracy Chapman’s eponymous album, is over in something like two and a half minutes. A fist pumped full of energy, it describes the jubilant moments of standing at the precipice of unprecedented change. In 1988, when the album came out, the same year of Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday, [...]

CD Review: Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail

Back after a five-year absence, Billy Bragg vents about love and politics with an American twang Billy Bragg is a lover and a fighter. His songs are equal parts politics and love, the mostly unrequited – though less so of late. As the lyrics from January Song, the opening number of Bragg’s brand new album, Tooth & Nail suggest, he [...]

The Last Days of the Bohemian

A stalwart of the Johannesburg live music circuit, the Bohemian, closed down last weekend, The Con was there for one last gig As I stumble up to the gate that is the entrance to Johannesburg’s Bohemian, I am greeted by the toothy smile of Eddie, adorned in his Springbok rugby jersey. His long dreadlocks surround his [...]