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A scene from the opera, uZiyankomo

Zulu History Inspiring the Classics!

One wouldn’t normally associate classical music with the history of the Zulu monarchy, but the Zulu royal families (like any kingdom anywhere in the world), are full of dramatic tales that make for the perfect inspiration for a classical composer. Or at least that’s what Durban-based Warren Bessey seems to think! Bessey has taken the […]

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Supporting Phansi’s Africademy

A few weeks back SAFM had a really interesting discussion with Paul Mikula, architect and managing trustee of the Phansi Museum in Glenwood. Mikula’s passion for the ubuntuART Museum that’s housed in Roberts House, the building that accommodates Phansi, is infectious. Mikula spoke about everything from the changing of their address from Frere Road to Esther Roberts, and […]

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Uthando

Uthando luyimvelo. Uthando luyamangaza. Uthando luyabekezela. Uthando luhle futhi lulungile luze lukhuthazwe incwadi engcwele. Ukushodelwa wuthando kuvame ukuba nomthelela omubi empilweni yomuntu. Lokhu kusicacela imihla nemihla. Iqhawe laseNingizimu Afrika uNelson Mandela naye waze waphimisa wathi uthando lufika kalula enhliziyweni yomuntu. Asivume ukuthi uthando lumelwe wukugujwa nokunakekelwa. Ngale misho, ngethula inkondlo ka-Anele Buthelezi waseHammarsdale, lapho khona […]

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Gcwalisa Mabhida

Kulenyanga ka Nhlolanja indaba esematheni yindaba yase Moses Mabhida, lapho insizwa yakwa Mpungose ebizwa ngo Khuzani izobe ibambe inqophamlando womcimbi obizwa ngokuthi “Gcwalisa iMabhida” la okuzobe kukhona izinqwele zamaciko omculo wesintu. Lomcimbi ungundaba mlonyeni ebantwini njengoba kuyisenzo sokuqala lesi ukuthi umculi ka Maskandi ezobe ezama khona ukugcwalisa lenkundla la kuzobe kushiyelana khona amaqhawe alomculo inkundla. […]

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The Promotion and Preservation of Indigenous Languages

Last week SAFM held an interesting discussion on the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in South Africa. Radio presenter, Stephen Grootes, debated the issue with Dr Thabo Ditsele, Linguistic PHD student at UCT; Senior lecturer in African Languages at UCT, Dr Tessa Dowling; and Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages and Linguistics at UKZN, and former […]

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Oliver Mtukudzi: 22 September 1952 – 23 January 2019

Last month the continent of Africa lost one of its musical giants with the passing of the legendary Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi. One of Zimbabwe’s most recognised musicians, Mtukudzi didn’t limit himself to simply entertaining people, but rather used his talent to address social ills facing the community, with many of his older songs talking about the struggles […]

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