Monday, January 04, 2010
Still Grazing (Happy 2010!)
I made a conscious effort to avoid any kind of 2009 round-up or summation of the past decade. Partly laziness and a lack of time on my part but mostly due to an overiding sense of that the practice of reducing everything to top 10 lists simply cheapens everything. My private and symbolic "act of resistance" was reading two books: Still Grazing, the biography of Hugh Masekela and De Capo's Best Music Writing 2009, edited by Greil Marcus. The Masekela book has been rather elusive and I eventually found my copy at a second hand bookstore in Durban. The De Capo book saved me from pulling my hair out whilst with relatives over Christmas.
But enough about me. What about you? What would you like to see here? In many ways our friends at ELECTRICJIVE have taken over the baton of sharing rare South African material and I've told them to reload a lot of stuff I had previously featured here. I'm going to try to share some more rarities, a few more mixes and focus on the building the reissue programme of South African classics. But I'd still love to hear from you.
On the Masekela side check out this track from his great LP Introducing Hedzoleh Sounds
and then check out this tune from J.O. Oyeshiku and his Rainbow Quintet:
Oro re o repete (DOWNLOAD). Spot anything?
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