Tag Archives: Hugh Masekela

Moving BLK Brothers

  Phrases like “Africa’s new band” or “the first black South African rock band” will always be affixed to the BLK JKS. It could be amnesia, or just plain ignorance of encountering something for the first time, that leads to people assuming it must be new. It’s no exaggeration to say that when the band […]

Brenda Fassie: The Gender Context

  I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie Edited by Bongani Madondo (Picador Africa)   Botswana: 1983. Arriving from the UK, jet-lagged, all I want to do when I hit my dusty faculty flat is sleep. It’s not to be. Across the road, masked by bougainvillea, the University of Botswana campus […]