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Category: South Africa

Friday, July 9th

sounds of South Africa

Black Motion, live, South Africa, published 7/8/21



random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook)

Friday, March 12th

sounds of South Africa

Black Coffee (DJ), live (“You Rock My World” [feat. Soulstar], “Flava” [feat. Una Rams and Tellaman], “Wish You Were Here” [feat. Msaki]), South Africa (Johannesburg), published 3/11/21


Friday, September 30

sounds of Mali and South Africa

Twelve strings, two voices—that’s it.

Habib Koite (Mali; lead vocals, guitar), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa; vocals, guitar), “Africa,” live (studio performance), Seattle, 2016




reading table

Deep autumn—
my neighbor,
how does he live, I wonder?

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Wednesday, April 22nd

sounds of South Africa

Fantasma, “Basbizile,” live, London, 2015


Another take (Free Love, 2015)

Monday, March 11th

two takes: “Vana Vasesi”

Mancingelani (South Africa), 2010


Theo Parrish Remix, 2011



found words

I love America but America don’t love me.

—a guy sitting in front of me on the ‘L’, over and over

Monday, 7/16/12

sounds of South Africa

Why not start the week with someone you may never have heard before (as I hadn’t until the other day, when I bumped into her on WFMU-FM’s Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture)?

Madosini (1922-), “Uthando Luphelile” (Power to the Women, 2005)

Sunday, 2/6/11

In March of 1977, when he was 49 and I was 24 (and newly married),
my father died of a brain tumor; at his funeral, this filled the air.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Amazing Grace” (with “Nearer My God To Thee”)

Vodpod videos no longer available.


Here (Al Green).

Here (Grandpa Elliott).

And here (Aaron Neville).

Sunday, 9/5/10

Need a lift?

Rebecca Malope, “Inkosi Inothando”


Happy (1st) Birthday To Us!

If it wasn’t for the music, I don’t know what I’d do.

“Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”



art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, Art Institute of Chicago, through 10/3/10



Sunday, 8/22/10

I have no idea what they’re saying.

It makes no difference.

I could listen to this all day.

(That’s why God made “replay.”)

The South African Gospel Singers, live, Wales (Brecon Jazz Festival), 2006

Thursday, 7/15/10

Music can be made anywhere—a street corner, a subway station, even a bathroom.

Shiyani Ngcobo

“The Bathroom Recordings,” live, France (Nantes), 1997


“Izinyembezi” (Introducing Shiyani Ngcobo [2004])



I’d like to make a plea for a new concept—elastic precision.  It’s what [South African musician] Shiyani Ngcobo has, and what so many musicians have: an absolutely determined (in both senses of the word) and precise groove, with infinite, fractal variants that relate to what comes before and after. . . . Perfection may be infinitely seductive, but it’s the flaws and differences that make the beauty.

—Ben Mandelson, liner notes, Introducing Shiyani Ngcobo (2004)

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