Album Review: Tresor Reminds Us Of The Refreshing Sound of Nostalgia

Tresor’s Nostalgia is definitely up there with some of the very well written and composed bodies of music reviewed on this website. The project is a testament to the diversity of the contemporary African sound as it offers an alternative joy to the pulsating and algorithmic “afrobeat” sound. Much like Pierre Kwenders, Chino Amobi and Beatenberg, Tresor via Nostalgia expands the scope of what our lives as Africans can sound like. Indeed, this is made possible by grounding the album in the music of his childhood drawing of the intrinsic rhythms and melodies that are enveloped in his memories of the past, made fresh by the voice of the present.

Album Review: South African Band Presents Compelling Vista of Indie-Pop on “12 Views of Beatenberg”

South Africa’s darlings on indie-pop, Beatenberg, are back after 4 years with glistening and serenading grooves from Cape Town. The South African trio, made up of guitarist Matthew Field, Robin Brink on percussion and Ross Dorkin on bass, follow up the highly successful major label debut, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg (2014) which exposed the world... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Foreshadowing the fall of Jacob Zuma in “The Giant Is Falling”

The giant fell. Today’s viewers of the 2016 South African documentary The Giant is Falling will be aware of this. Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President in February 2018 after unrelenting pressure from various citizen and political movements. However, with the benefit of hindsight/foresight, ‘The Giant is Falling’ plays like a cautionary tale warning that the giant only fell. It wasn’t slain.

SUPER 16: Short Films From the Jozi Film Fest You Should See!

This special edition of SUPER 16 comes to you from the Jozi Film Festival which took place from September 21 to 24 in Johannesburg screening over 50 films from all over the world. Our fave comrade, Nkgopoleng Moloi was in attendance and decided to put together some brief notes on her impressions of the films screened at the festival.

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