Sound and Silence

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March 2010

Is ekke beter as Jack Parow of Die Antwoord? ‘n Soutie praat.

Ek’s original, jy’s ‘n copy, ek’s ‘n flashdrive, jy’s ‘n floppy [Jack Parow]

In English, that’s:

Am I better than Jack Parow or “Die Antwoord”? (“The Answer”)
I’m original, you’re a copy, I’m a flashdrive, you’re a floppy [Jack Parow]

WAARSKU! WARNING! De-tox in progress! If you are easily offended, let what lies in shadow lie… Continue reading “Is ekke beter as Jack Parow of Die Antwoord? ‘n Soutie praat.”


Shout SA

I normally steer clear of SA covers of English bands, but this new anti-crime campaign is an exceptionally well worked out re-recording of Tears for Fears anthemic “Shout”.

Shout for a safer S.A. is dedicated to the memory of SA reggae icon Lucky Dube, the concept is put together by Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane.

The cross genre interweavings – rock, soul, hip hop, jazz, and choral, are complimented by a truly outstanding design awareness. And the song in this context has discovered a powerful uniting theme – crime.

As sad as this is, it at very least affords a view through a genuinely nonracial cultural window, and does so with stunning style.

The 2010 Music Exchange, Cape Town

As a “sensitive artistic type” I always get a bit nervous in music industry settings, taking to heart the conflicts expressed in Pink Floyds “Welcome to the machine”. However, when I get over myself, this sort of environment becomes a fascinating and challenging journey of learning and connecting, examining the edges of one’s own perspectives.

Well I overcame, discovered and connected earlier this week, at the 2010 Music Exchange, Cape Town, held at Cape Town’s Protea Hotel, and organised by Peter Lacey and Martin Myers.

Featuring some of the world’s most influential music business minds, the content was a great balance between tried and tested wisdom and the sharp end of progress, specifically regarding the online digital explosion.

Martin Myers and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

From Major Mogul Charles Goldstuck, via Sipho Hotstix Mabuse’s enduring cultural eldership and SAMRO’s Nick Motsatse’s regal command of his domain, a solid foundation was laid. This lead through to Nokia’s own Led Zep frontman, Jake Larsen, Yoel Kenan’s “disruptive technologies” and Dave Duarte’s hi tech take on Facebook Ubuntu (“I store my knowledge in my friends”). Add to this the creative likes of Neo Muyanga, Macstanleys Andrew Macpherson, and music journalist Miles Keylock, the list of fascinating personages goes on and on. Continue reading “The 2010 Music Exchange, Cape Town”

Review: Pádraig Ó Tuama’s “Hymns To Swear By”

“I’ve fucked it up so many times
I’ve fucked it up so many times
I’ve fucked it up so many times
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.” [Maranatha]

These are the facts:

“Pádraig Ó Tuama’s debut album “Hymns To Swear By” blends poetry, spoken word and song in an achingly beautiful way. Many of the poems and songs have been spoken and sung in the context of Ikon in Belfast. They mix prayer and longing and raging in mystical fashion. The album is stripped back with just voice or voice and guitar which somehow makes it all the more potent.”

And here is the truth:

I ache. I yearn. I am comforted. And spellbound. Continue reading “Review: Pádraig Ó Tuama’s “Hymns To Swear By””

Richard Rohr in SA: booking now available

For details please see

If you want to be part of the run up to these events, there is a meeting each Monday night in Hout Bay – see the details in the link.

ANKoXy: An appreciation

I’ve just finished Brian McLarens “A New Kind of Christianity”. I’ll get straight to it:

ANKoXy is seminal. Radiant, packed with promise, extraordinarily incisive. It is a work of profound deconstruction and even more profound rebuilding. It takes particular care with the devils found in detail, while managing the sort of overview only angels might enjoy. It gathers from the most erudite minds in history, and delivers, without dumbing down, something for everyone.

This is a work for the 21st Century, complete with generous pipes leading from the well of history, especially the history of Christianity, and in holding together tremendous, age old tensions, it manages to purify the aquifers of Living Water of toxins that have been running rampant through our blood for 1600 years.

Many people will write many words issuing from McLarens swathe of theses. I won’t do that here; I want this not be to a review as much as an appreciation for what he has achieved. There are a few small problems, I grant (not defining “death”, p 49; some fuzziness around the 3D narrative, chap. 6; and pejorative use of “tribal” chap. 11), but their import is totally eclipsed by the singular integrity of ANKoXy.

But this integrity is not merely “systematic”: it is more the wholeness of the fruit of its own liberation, brimming with clarity, packed with sparkling and practicable ideas, and thoroughout maintaining focus on the central issue – The Love of God and how to experience and share it – while hosting a veritable library of Continue reading “ANKoXy: An appreciation”

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