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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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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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Ulwazi Fieldworkers: January 2019

It seems unbelievable that the first month of the year has come and gone already! But with January behind us, we look forward to the month of love! With this in mind, Siboniso Langa’s articles about lobola negotiations seem particularly fitting! January’s stories also featured music and dance. Follow the links below to read about the […]

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The Importance of Language

This Wednesday marks the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on the 30th January 1948. Gandhi, who lived in Durban for many years, believed that in order to be truly liberated, a person must recognise the significance and importance of their own language and culture. In line with this thinking this Wednesday the […]

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