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Albertyn (C. ) ed. KEEPING TIME, 1964-1974, the photographs and Cape Town jazz recordings of Ian Bruce Huntley
159pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Durban, 2013. R620
A selection of photographs of South African jazz musicians from the Ian Bruce Huntley archive, together with the discography of live jazz recordings he made in Cape Town between 1964 and 1972. All these recordings can now be listened to, for free, through the Electric Jive blog. Musicians include Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Kippie Moeketsi, Tony Schilder, Chris Schilder, Roy Petersen, Cliffie Moses, Selwyn Lissack and Morris Goldberg.
Ballantine (C.) MARABI NIGHTS, jazz, "race" and society in early apartheid South Africa
247 pp., illus., paperback, CD, Second Edition, Pietermaritzburg, (1993) 2012. R255
An updated and expanded second edition od Christopher Ballantine's study of South Africa's marabi-jazz tradition. Includes new chapters on gender relations and music in the context of forced migrant labour in the 1950s, a critical study of the Manhattan Brothers that positions their music in relation to the apartheid system, and an account of the musical, political and commercial strategies of the local record industry, and a CD of historic sound recordings.

Foreword by Sibongile Khumalo.

"There are not many books like this, to which you can dance." John Lonsdale, Trinity College, Cambridge

"There is no doubt that 'Marabi Nights' is one of the few seminal works in South African jazz history. It made a very significant contribution to mapping South African proletarian history when it first appeared and remains an important work of cultural historiography." Gwen Ansell, author of "Soweto Blues: jazz, popular music & politics in South Africa"

Christopher Ballantine is Emeritus LG Joel Professor of Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Bruinders (S.) PARADING RESPECTABILITY, the cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa
205pp., illus., map, paperback, Grahamstown, 2017. R260
Sylvia Bruinders draws on her own background as well as her experience of being a band member to present a social history of the Western Cape Coloured communities' centuries-old practice of ushering in Christmas through music.

"This book will fill a gap in existing scholarship. It has relevance to the humanities in Africa in general in its attention to the impact of colonialism and the attendant marginalization of this population group to the point that this tradition emerged as a vehicle to establish a semblance of 'respectability' in reactions to a negative stereotype." Diane Thram, International Library of African Music, Rhodes University

Sylvia Bruinders is a senior lecturer and Head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the University of Cape Town. A former Fulbright scholar, her dissertation on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape received the Nicholas Temperley Award for Excellence in a Dissertation in Musicology at the University of Urbana-Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Charry (E.) ed HIP HOP AFRICA, new African music in a globalizing world
390 pp., map, illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2012. R425
A collection of essays on youth culture in Africa, and the popularity of hip hop, and other musical genres like reggae, ragga, gospel music, and drumming.

Includes the essay, "A Genre Coming of Age: transformation, difference, and authenticity in the rap music and hip hop culture in South Africa" by Lee Watkins.

Eric Charry is Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.
115pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R95
A book of lyrics published to accompany a double album of the same name. The album was recorded live in 2018 at various venues in and around Cape Town. All words by Toast Coetzer. All music by The Buckfever Underground, a South African spoken word band formed by Toast Coetzer and Gilad Hockman in 1998.

Two CD set available for R290.

Lyics in English and Afrikaans.
Coplan (D.) SOUNDS IN SOUTH AFRICA, School of Human and Social Sciences Annual Lectures, University of Venda, 2017
113pp., illus., paperback, Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) Book Series 127, Cape Town, 2018. R140
David Coplan was the 2017 guest speaker at the School of Human and Social Sciences, University of Venda. This publication includes the five lectures he delivered:
"Life in the Field: anthropologist as refugee"
"God Rock Africa: thoughts on politics in popular Black performance in South Africa"
"Sounds of the 'Third Way': identity and the African Renaissance in contemporary South African popular traditional music"
"Nkosi Sikekel' iAfrika and the Liberation of the Spirit of South Africa"
"South African Radio in a Saucepan".

David Coplan is Emeritus Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of In Township Tonight! South Africa's Black city music & theatre and In the Time of Cannibals: The word music of South Africa's Basotho migrants.
Coplan (D.) text & Gutiérrez (O.) photo. LAST NIGHT AT THE BASSLINE, a tribute
168pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R280
Bassline was a performance space for live jazz that opened in in Melville, Johannesburg in 1994(founded by Brad and Paige Holmes). During the nine years it was open a non-racial audience flocked to experience the performances of people like Louis Mhlanga, Gito Baloi, Abdullah Ebrahim, Johnny Fourie, George Piri, Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka, Lulu Gontsana, Moses Molelekwa, and many others.

"In this creatively moving and well-crafted narrative of a society coming of age, David Coplan tells a story of a people who, through the music, the culture, the imagined future and all that jazz, defied the odds in their quest to break free from the cultural and racial barriers erected by a despot system...This is the story of a music venue that re-lived and repatriated the music of a people and social life long banished from the city back to a place where a community of cultural enthusiasts and activists gathered to unknowingly re-incarnate a cultural renaissance last experienced during the Sophiatown era " Sipho Sithole, from his foreword

David Coplan is also the author of "In Township Tonight! Three centuries of black city music and theatre" and "In the Time of Cannibals". He is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Photographer and photojournalist Oscar Gutiérrez spent many hours at the Bassline photographing performancers.
Coplan (D.B.) IN TOWNSHIP TONIGHT!, three centuries of South African black city music and theatre
455 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, (1985) 2007. R275
A completely revised, expanded and updated edition of David Coplan's social history of black South Africa's city music, dance and theatre.

David Coplan is professor in and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of "Lyrics of the Basotho Migrants" and "In the Time of Cannibals: word music of South Africa's Basotho Migrants".
117 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R85
A title in The Youngsters series of pocket books that feature prominent young South African voices, edited by Mandy Wiener.

Singer, songwriter and producer Danny K discusses his influences and his experience of the music business.

"They say there's no business like show business. And that's not because of the fame or the money. It's because of just how hard it can be." Danny K
227 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R347
Dominica Dipio analyses gender relations around three categories of female characters in African films: the girl child, the young woman and the elderly woman.

Dominica Dipio is an associate professor of literature and film based in Makerere University, Kampala.

Douglas (S.) THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ, volume one
337 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R355
Straun Douglas's self-published book on South African jazz. It includes a history of jazz in South Africa and extracts from conversations Struan Douglas has had with Abdullah Ibrahim, Morris Goldberg, BarneyRachabane, Vince Colbe, Ezra Ngcukana, Robbie Jansen, Feya Faku, Johnny Fourie, Marcus Wyatt, Gita Baloi, Zolani Mkiva, and Moses Molelekwa.

Struan Douglas is founding director of, a free music website.
364pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R370
The second volume of Straun Douglas's three-part series on South African jazz. It draws from interviews, articles, commentaries and oral history.


"Beautiful beautiful story of South African jazz" Shadow Twala, South African radio DJ, journalist and radio and television producer

The Story of South African Jazz, volume one is also available.

Struan Douglas is founding director of, a free music website.
du Pisani (K.) et al (eds.) JAN SMUTS, van boerseun tot wȇreldverhoog, 'n herwaardering
575pp., illus., map, hardback, Pretoria, 2017. R395
A collection of essays that re-evaluate the role Jan Smuts played as an intellectual, a military commander, a politician and cabinet minister, and a statesman.
Eyre (B.) LION SONGS, Thomas Mapfumo and the music that made Zimbabwe
362pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Durham, 2015. R635
A biography of Zimbabwean singer, composer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo. Born in 1945 in what was then the British colony of Rhodesia, Mapfumo created a new genre of music called 'chimurenga' (struggle music), based on traditional Zimbabwean music, including the sacred 'mbira', and African and Western pop music. The Rhodesian government banned his music and jailed him. In the 1980s and 1990s he grew increasingly critical of Robert Mugabe's dictatorship and in 2000 he left Zimbabwe and now lives in exile in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

"In 'Lion Songs' the reader follows Thomas Mapfumo's career as a singer/songwriter and uncompromising social critic through the last gasp of colonialism in Rhodesia, the liberation struggle, and the aftermath of independence. A skilled storyteller, Banning Eyre integrates his perspective on these events with his experiences performing as a guitarist in Mapfumo's bands, deftly interweaving his accounts with the perspectives of Zimbabwean, European, and North American observers and interlocutors. Against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's political history and the global flows of the popular music market, Eyre provides an intimate view of the bands' touring musicians and dancers. He explores their artistic practices, their interpersonal relationships, and the relentless challenges they face in Zimbabwe, in Europe, and in America, where Mapfumo currently lives in political exile. 'Lion Songs' is also the history of the creative genius of Mapfumo himself, and the moral complexities that surround his life." Paul Berliner, author of "The Soul of Mbira: music and traditions of the Shona people of Zimbabwe

Writer and guitarist Banning Eyre is senior editor and producer of the public radio programme Afropop Worldwide. He is also the author of "In Griot Time: an American guitarist in Mali" and "Playing with Fire: fear and self-censorship in Zimbabwean music".
Gimenez (L.) & Vambe (M.) eds. PERFORMING ZIMBABWE, a transdisciplinary study of Zimbabwean music
343pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2018. R625
"This book, which brilliantly interweaves the precolonial and postcolonial history of Zimbabwe by African Zimbabweans, is long overdue. The historical and contemporary perspectives are quite beautiful, as is the robust critique of Thomas Torino's "The Middle Class, cosmopolitan and popular music in Harare, Zimbabwe" (2003). The focus on gender is excellent, so is the splendid analysis of music in culture, and culture in music. 'Performing Zimbabwe' has integrity and a place among the existing academic literature on Zimbabwe, not only in Africa but in the Western world as well." Chartwell Dutiro, traditional Mbira master and teacher at Bath Spa Univerity

Luis Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.
Maurice Vambe is Professor of African Literature in English,English Department, University of South Africa.
368pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R330
Autobiography by operatic singer and director Angelo Gobbato. Born in Milan in 1943 he emigrated to South Africa with his family in 1948. He taught at UCT Opera School, was Artistic Director of CAPAB Opera and helped create Cape Town Opera.
157 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
A collection of eight essays in which Pumla Dineo Gqola explores the public lives of South African singer Simphiwe Dana.

"Near every sentence in this book is a piece of soul music. I was left impressed, envious, and excited. While it claims to be about thinking of Simphiwe Dana out loud, the book is really a beat for millions of gifted, young, uncontainable Simphiwes who dare reimagine our society. I know of very few scholars who can make feminism sound so clear, enjoyable, hip, right and black, all at once." Kopano Ratele

"Pumla Gqola's mind exhilarates. The tone of this book is as conversational as it is probing and insightful. Doors of insight open up page after page with daring freshness. Here is a literary presence that makes thinking a pleasure." Njabulo Ndebele

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor of African Literary and Gender Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa" (2010).
Harrow (K.) AFRICAN FILMMAKING, five formations
301pp., paperback, East Lansing, 2017. R570
"Harrow has assembled an excellent volume detailing the histories of five cinema formations - Francophone African cinema, Anglophone West African cinema, Egyptian cinema, Maghrebian cinema, and South African cinema - from the Lumière brothers' screenings in Egypt in 1896 to the present moment. Informative and lucidly written, the chapters describe major changes in production and distribution practices and survey key films. This important book represents a valuable introduction to African cinema as well as an essential addition to the African film scholar's library." Carmela Garritano, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Film Studies, Texas A&M University

Contributions include Film Production in South Africa: histories, practices, policies by Jacqueline Maingard.

Kenneth Harrow is Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University.
Haupt (A.) et al (eds.) NEVA AGAIN, hip hop art, activism and education in post-apartheid South Africa
536pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R320
A study of South African hip hop culture and activism. Contributors include scholars, activists, and the hip hop artists themselves: Prophets of da City, Shaheen Ariefdien, DJ Ready, DJ Eazy, DJ Azuhl, Emile YX?, Janine 'Blaq Pearl' van Rooy-Overmeyer, and others.

Adam Haupt is Professor of Media Studies at University of Cape Town.
Quentin Williams is a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape.
H. Samy Alim is David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Emile Jansen is a founding member of Black Noise and Heal the Hood.
Heyneman (L.) & Gueller (S.) comps. & eds. A CENTURY OF SYMPHONY, the story of Cape Town's orchestra
176pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, CD, Johannesburg, 2014. R400
A history of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1914, the orchestra celebrated its centenary in 2014. Includes a CD with excerpts from historical recordings made by the orchestra between 1923 and 2012.

Louis Heyneman has been CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000.
Shirley de Kock Gueller is strategic marketing consultant with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She is on the board of the Cape Town Concert Series and the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa.
Higgins (M.) ed. HOLLYWOOD'S AFRICA AFTER 1994,
274 pp., paperback, Athens, 2012. R325
A collection of essays that examine the West's and Hollywood's representations of Africa in the postapartheid era.

Contributions include:
"New Jack African Cinema: 'Dangerous Ground'; 'Cry, the Beloved Country'; and 'Blood Diamond'" by Bennetta Jules-Rosette, J.R.Osborn and Lea Marie Ruiz-Ade
"'It Is a Very Rough Game, Almost as Rough as Politics': rugby as visual metaphor and the future of the new South Africa in 'Invictus'" by Christopher Garland
"'Every Brother Ain't a Brother': cultural dissonance and Nigerian malaise in 'District 9's new South Africa" by Kimberly Nichele Brown
"Coaxing the Beast Out of the Cage: secrecy and disclosure in 'Red Dust' and 'Catch a Fire'" by Jane Bryce.

MaryEllen Higgins is Associate Professor of English at the Greater Allegheny Campus of Pennsylvania State University.
Impey (A.) SONG WALKING, women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland
284pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R730
The women of western Maputaland used to sing when they walked through the mountains and flood plains of this borderland region situated at the juncture of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Impey reveals the impacts of internationally-driven transboundary environmental conservation on land, livelihoods and local senses of place.

“Readers of this wonderful historical ethnography may never walk the same way again. Impey demonstrates how women’s walking songs, mouth harp playing, and foot trails express and shape their attitudes toward the injustices they have experienced during more than a century of exploitation and dispossession. Weaving together historical documents, the memories and songs of older women, and the policies of a transnational conservation preserve, she argues convincingly for a more activist, inclusive, and transdisciplinary ethnomusicology.” Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

“This fine book traverses the landscape of conservation politics, land rights, and apartheid history. Its analyses of harsh struggle and vexed memory are balanced by Impey’s quiet love of the land and by the extraordinary women who walk and sing through her text. Scholars of development and of the aural arts will especially appreciate its achievement.” Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Angela Impey is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and convenes the MA in Music in Development at SOAS, University of London.
Jorritsma (M.) SONIC SPACES OF THE KAROO, the sacred music of a South African coloured community
201 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R250
Marie Jorritsma studied the choruses, choir music and hymns of three congregations of coloured people in the rural town of Graaff-Reinet, South Africa, in order to present a history of the people's religious and cultural identity in song.

"This groundbreaking book gathers together centuries of history, culture, gender issues, racial politics and the religious music of an appallingly neglected people of our country into one great sweep, and its appearance could not be more timely." Christine Lucia, Extraordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch
Kirby (P.R.) MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, third edition of 'The Musical Instruments of the Native Races of South Africa'
395 pp., map, illus., hardback, Revised Third Edition, Johannesburg, (1934) 2013. R415
The original edition was published in 1934. The second edition was published in 1965. The changes to the revised third edition include reworking the musical examples, redesigning the layout, changing the title and including new reproductions of the historic photographs. Kirby's text, concerned with detailed information on the making and playing of each instrument, is unchanged.

Foreword by Michael Nixon, Head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the South African College of Music. Also includes the prefaces to the first and the second editions.

"This pioneering text, produced in a short time span, has great historical value, and constitutes a kind of baseline for research into southern Africa's musics. Riches abound in the text, which is not negated by dated theory and language." from Michael Nixon's foreword

South African ethnomusicologist Percival Robson Kirby was Professor of Music at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1921 to 1954. Together with his colleagues Raymond Dart and Louis Maingard, he undertook a comprehensive study of the musical practices of the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. He managed to purchase many of the instruments he encountered on his research trips and this collection, now known as the Kirby Collection, is housed at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town.
Kyker (J.) OLIVER MTUKUDZI, living Tuku music in Zimbabwe
290pp., illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2016. R560
A biography of Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi (1952-2019), a Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist and composer who performed worldwide and released some 50 albums. Mtukudzi blended Zimbabwean traditional sounds with South African township music and American gospel and soul to compose what is known as Tuku Music. Kyker examines his distinctive performance style using the Shona concept of hunhu, or human identity through moral relationships, as a framework.

“This is an excellent expanded professional biography of Oliver Mtukudzi, the famous Zimbabwean popular band leader, composer, and troubadour. Jennifer W. Kyker has dedicated many months of tireless on-site research in Zimbabwe and internationally to provide this kind of loving detail. The results of such a wealth of interviews and interactions with a range of participants in Mtukuzdi's career as well as Mtukudzi himself are richly evident not only in the main text but in the 'dialogue boxes' of selections from interviews and other materials thoughtfully provided at the end, along with several appendices and a photo gallery.” David Coplan, author of In Township Tonight!

“Informed by two decades of intimate engagement with Zimbabwean music and religion, Kyker’s study offers the first sustained examination of Oliver Mtukudzi’s oeuvre, and reveals the rich political literacies at work in local and diasporic practices of listening. Kyker illumines how audiences and performers collaborate to make meaning. Along with exemplary analyses of his musical idiom, this work shows how, like deep Shona proverbs, Tuku’s lyrics are frequently transplanted into varying contemporary commentaries. Innovative, meticulous, and exquisitely attentive to historical context, this study will be a must-read for the fields of ethnomusicology, African languages, and new African diaspora studies.” Tsitsi Jaji, author of Africa in Stereo: modernism, music and Pan-African solidarity

Jennifer Kyker holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester.
Lee (D.) SYD KITCHEN, scars that shine
281pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
South African guitarist, singer-songwriter and poet Sydney Kitchen (1951-2011) was born in Durban. He released nine albums, including "Africa's Not for Sissies" and "Across", and performed at "Splashy Fen" each year from 1990–2010. He also published a book of poetry and prose, "Scars that Shine".

Donvé Lee is also the author of the autobiographical novel "An Intimate War".
269 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R225
An autobiography by South African musician, journalist, filmmaker and playwright Roger Lucey (1954-). In the 1980s Roger Lucey's music career was destroyed by South African Security Police (BOSS) officer Paul Erasmus, who confessed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that he used criminal methods against Lucey because his protest songs were considered a threat to the apartheid regime.
Mabandu (P.) YAKHAL'INKOMO, portrait of a jazz classic
119pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R200
Yakhal’Inkomo is a jazz composition recorded in the winter of 1968 by Cape Town born saxophonist and composer, Winston Mankunku Ngozi. This monograph studies the song and its composer.

Percy Mabandu is a columnist and feature writer. His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines including City Press, Blaque Magazine, the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Chimurenga Chronic. He is a regular television and radio commentator on art and culture issues. Mabandu lives in Ga-Rankuwa, a township outside Pretoria.
Madondo (B.) ed. I'M NOT YOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL, portraits on the life+style&politics; of Brenda Fassie
255 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A collection of reminiscences, criticism, essays and appreciation by family, friends, ex-lovers, academics, critics and fellow musicians.

Foreword by Hugh Masekela.

Contributors include Njabulo Ndebele, Charl Blignaut, Themba Fassie, Sam Mathe, Melvyn Matthews, Janet Smith, Tholang Tseka and Oscar Bathandwa Tyumre.

Singer Brenda Fassie (1964-2004) released several solo albums, including "Now Is the Time", "Memeza", and "Nomakanjani". Most of her albums became multi-platinum sellers in South Africa and "Memeza" was the best-selling album in South Africa in 1998. Referred to as MaBrrr by her fans, she was dubbed "Madonna of the Townships" by Time magazine in 2001.

Bongani Madondo is a senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He co-wrote the musical review, "MaBrrr: the musical".
Maluleke (S.) THE LIFE AND TIMES, SOUL BROTHERS, through the eyes of Black Moses Ngwenya, edited by Max Mojapelo
124pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2017. R305
Soul Brothers, a South African mbaqanga group, was formed in 1975, with David Masondo on vocals and Black Moses Ngwenya on keyboard. They successfully fused the mbaqanga sound with soul music and with the township jive sound. They continue to perform, record albums, and go on tour.


Sydney Fetsie Maluleke was born in 1990 in the village of Muyexe in Limpopo. Currently he teaches English at a school in Soweto.
Mapaya (M.) MMINO WA SETŠO, indigenous African music of Bahananwa
226pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Hermanus), 2019. R290
Madimabe Mapaya discusses the musical culture of the Bahananwa of Kgoli (King) Maleboho. The Bahananwa are a group of the Tswana peoples and reside in what is now Limpopo Province.

Madimabe Mapaya is currently Head of the Music Department and a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda.
Mapaya (M.) & Mugovhani (N.) eds. JOHN BLACKING, and contemporary African musicology, reflections, reviews, analyses and prospects
240pp., paperback, Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) Book Series 126, Cape Town, 2018. R330
Contributions include:
"Connecting the Past and the Present: musical language of Mato and invocation of ancestral presence in healing amongst the Vhavenda of South Africa" by Mudzunga Junniah Davhula
"Indigenous Protest Lyrics in Women's Musical Performances: a perspective of a kind of gender activism" by Elelwani Ramaite-Mafadza
"Folklore: a foundation for cultural performances with reference to the indigenous music of the youth of Limpopo Province, South Africa" by Mokgale Makgopa
"From Dusty Streets to Educational Institutions: a case of Northern Sotho indigenous music" by Moloko Sepota.

Madimade Geoff Mapaya is Head of the Music Department and a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda.
Ndwamato George Mugovhani is Professor in Music and Head of the Performing Arts Department at the Tshwane University of Technology.
Martin (D-C.) SOUNDING THE CAPE, music, identity and politics in South Africa
443 pp., illus., paperback, Somerset West, 2013. R220
Denis-Constant Martin examines the history of music in Cape Town and demonstrates that musical creation in the city has always been nurtured by contacts and innovations made possible by exchanges, despite efforts made by racist regimes to racially categorize, separate and divide people.

Denis-Constant Martin is Outstanding Research Fellow of the French National Foundation for Political Sciences attached to the centre "Les Afriques dans le monde", University of Bordeaux, and a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, Wallenberg Centre, University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of "Coon Carnival, New Year in Cape Town, Past and Present".
Masekela (H.) & Cheers (D.M.) STILL GRAZING, the musical journey of Hugh Masekela
394pp., illus,. paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2004) 2015. R225
Autobiography of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

"Even though 'Still Grazing', Hugh Masekela’s biography, carries a subtitle that refers to his musical journey, the book is, in a word, the spiritual journey of black South Africans. Very few people have straddled so many eras, from the early sixties before the teeth of the Group Areas Act started biting, during a period of renaissance in the arts, through the years of exile that spanned almost three decades, to the years in post-apartheid South Africa. While a well-known raconteur and bon vivant, Hugh Masekela's journey is a representation of the invincibility of the human spirit. He has endured everything life could throw at him, from reaching stellar heights in his musical career to trawling the depths of desperation in active addiction. In all these different circumstance, Masekela has conducted himself with singular courage. His story, then, told in an accessible language that connected with all walks of life, is a story of a man who refused to be defined by circumstances that had defeated many of his peers. Anyone who has worked with him will attest to a greatness of spirit of a man who spurs us to excel in all our strivings. To the people in the international arena, Masekela's name is synonymous with the name of the country of his birth, South Africa." Mandla Langa

"He lived to put his native South Africa on the front stage. Not with a gun, but with his trumpet. Singing and playing deep into the heart of apartheid darkness; bringing light and hope. Laughter and rebirth. Touching lives. Giving hope. Helping to rebuild the land of his birth. Sharing his vision for a better world for the children of tomorrow. Hugh Masekela ... A genius of our time ..." Don Mattera

"Music is the soaring theme that carries a rough ride … Hugh Masekela has survived it all, tells it all ardently, ribald and honest, from his admirable perspective of wisdom gained." Nadine Gordimer

"A wild tale as forceful and engaging as a Masekela trumpet solo." Paul Simon

Mason (J.E.) photo. & text ONE GHOEMA, ONE BEAT, inside the Cape Town Carnival
128 pp., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2010. R210
Historian, photographer and musician John Edwin Mason spent three seasons with one troupe, the Pennsylvanians Crooning Minstrels and came to know several other troupes, including the Fabulous Woodstock Starlights. In this book he explores the Cape Town Carnival's history in an eight page introduction and records its public and private moments.

John Edwin Mason teaches African history and history of photography at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA.
McGregor (M.) CHRIS MCGREGOR, and the Brotherhood of Breath
242 pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Revised Second Edition, Grahamstown, (1995) 2013. R389
A biography of South African jazz pianist, composer and band leader Chris McGregor, written by his wife, Maxine.

Chris McGregor was born in 1936 in Somerset West, the son of a Scottish missionary. He grew up in what was then the homeland of the Transkei, where he was exposed to Xhosa music. In the early 1960s he put together the famous sextet, The Blue Notes, with Mongezi Feza, Nik Moyake, Johnny Dyani, Louis Moholo and Dud Pukwana. Harassed by the apartheid authorities, they left the country in 1964, establishing themselves on the European jazz circuit. In 1969 he formed the big band, The Brotherhood of Breath, which was essentially an extension of The Blue Notes and included several European free jazz musicians. Chris McGregor died in France in 1990.

"He really enlightened me that people are all the same, blue, black, pink, yellow...he was a very good composer. He was a godsend actually, he was a very good arranger, a very good man...he had a very big heart, he worked very hard, he loved people, he lived life...and he somehow changed the world" Blue Note drummer Louis Moholo on Chris McGregor, interviewed in 2013
Meintjies (L.) text & Lemon (TJ.) photo. DUST OF THE ZULU, Ngoma aesthetics after apartheid
338pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham & London, 2017. R495
"Louise Meintjes traces the political and aesthetic significance of ngoma, a competitive form of dance and music that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Contextualizing ngoma within South Africa's history of violence, migrant labor, the HIV epidemic, and the world music market, Meintjes follows a community ngoma team and its professional subgroup during the twenty years after apartheid's end." from the back cover

Includes over one hundred photographs of ngoma performances, the majority taken by photojournalist TJ Lemon.

"'Dust of the Zulu' is hands-down among the very best ethnographic works ever written on the politics of aesthetics. Commanding, rewarding, challenging, and shattering in turns, equally gorgeous and unflinching in its evocations, it is above all poignant and virtuosic in its performance of criticism and compassion. This is a hugely important book for South African history and aesthetics, for anthropologies of the body and voice, for cultural studies of music, sound, and dance, and for experimental ethnographic writing and imaging. A stunning book." Steven Feld, author of "Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: five musical years in Ghana"

"Louise Meintjies brilliantly salvages Zulu dancers from the demeaning, colonialist stereotypes of sweating, bellicose, and largely anonymous men. Readers who have long been frustrated by the dearth of serious studies of African dance will welcome her comprehensive theoretical grasp, analytical rigor, and sheer intellectual potency. A terrific work that will have a lasting impact, 'Dust of the Zulu' will reinvigorate dance and performance studies everywhere. Meintjies makes South African studies proud." Veit Erlmann, author of "Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the west"

Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and the author of "Sound of Africa! Making music Zulu in a South African Studio".
Photojournalist TJ Lemon is based in Johannesburg.
Mombelli (C.) PULSES IN THE CENTRE OF SILENCE, composition scores and artistry concepts
228pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R525
96 pieces composed between 1983 and the present by South African jazz musician Carlo Mombelli.

"Carlo Mombelli's music is that of a quintessential Prisoner of Strange. It's visionary, emotional and experimental in a society that doesn't applaud artistry and integrity. His music sits on the cusp of sanity, where madness and brilliance share space, where true art resides. Mombelli has found in his music the expressive soul of the developing world mixed with the technical profundity of the classical world." The Sunday Independent

"Mombelli, now in his early 50s, is still very much in rude creative health. He is still pushing the limits of sound and writing challenging, beautiful work. As an educator, he is molding and mentoring the next generation of South African musicians. Carlo Mombelli is nothing short of a national treasure - you cannot argue with the depth, passion and inventiveness of his music." The Mail & Guardian

Bassist, band leader and composer Carlo Mombelli has taught at the Richard-Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, the Berklee College of Music in Boston and annually at the Jazz Musik Akadamie in Basel. He lives in Johannesburg and is an NRF-rated Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mombelli (C.) comp. MOMBELLI'S INTERGALACTIC BASS PROGRAMME, vol. 1, scales and arpeggio shapes with finger placement for the bass guitar + jazz theory crash course
243pp., 4to., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2011) 2019. R525
"Mombelli, now in his early 50s, is still very much in rude creative health. He is still pushing the limits of sound and writing challenging, beautiful work. As an educator, he is molding and mentoring the next generation of South African musicians. Carlo Mombelli is nothing short of a national treasure - you cannot argue with the depth, passion and inventiveness of his music." The Mail & Guardian

South African bassist, band leader and composer Carlo Mombelli has taught at the Richard-Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, the Berklee College of Music in Boston and annually at the Jazz Musik Akadamie in Basel. He lives in Johannesburg and is an NRF-rated Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Muller (C.A.) & Benjamin (S.B.) MUSICAL ECHOES, South African women thinking in jazz
348 pp., illus., paperback, Durham, 2011. R450
A biography of the South African jazz vocalist and composer Sathima Bea Benjamin. Born in 1936, she came to know and love American jazz and popular music, especially the voice of Billie Holiday. In 1962 she and South African pianist Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ebrahim) left South Africa together for Europe, and moved between Europe, New York City and South Africa until 1977, when they settled in New York and declared their support for the African National Congress. In New York Benjammin established her own record company and recorded her music independently from Ibrahim. She has released a dozen recordings including "Dedications", "Cape Town Love" and "Musical Echoes". In 2004 Thabo Mbeki honoured her with the Order of Ikhamanga Silver Award, in recognition of her musical artistry and anti-apartheid activism. "Musical Echoes" is based on twenty years of archival research and conversation between Benjamin and South African musicologist Carol Ann Muller.

Carol Ann Muller is Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the authour of "Focus: music of South Africa" and "South African Music: a century of traditions in transformation".
Muller (S.) NAGMUSIEK, 3 volumes
221 + 142 + 521pp., (li + 832pp. continuous pagination), b/w & colour illus.(some folding, some loosly inserted), stiff card covers, hardback and a 32pp. musical score in pocket at the back of vol. III, slipcase, Johannesburg, 2014. R970
Stephanus Muller's "book is both a scholarly study of the Afrikaans composer Arnold van Wyk and a work of fiction in which the author/biographer - who is and is not Stephanus Muller - highjacks his own literary undertaking. It is an extraordinary meditation on the art of biography, on South African classical music under the apartheid regime, and on the complicated retalionship between life and fiction".

Vol. I: Katalogus en werklys van musiek 1925-1983; Vol. II: Eindnotas, Bladwyser (algemeen), Bladwyser (Van Wyk werke); Vol. III: [Biography/novel]. Text in English and Afrikaans

Stephanus Muller teaches musicology at the University of Stellenbosch, where he is also the founder and head of the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS). He is the co-editor of "A Composer in Africa: essays on the life and work of Stefans Grové" and "Gender and Sexuality in South African Music".
Ndabeni (E.) & Mthembu (S.) BORN TO KWAITO, reflections on the kwaito generation
215pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R240
A collection of essays that reflect on the meaning of kwaito music for black South Africans in post-apartheid South Africa. Includes an essay on the history of 'Tsotsitaal' and 'Scamtho' and interviews with Mandla Spikiri, Kabelo Mabalane, Robbie Malinga and Lance Stehr.
195pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
Autobiography of South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana. He writes about his impoverished and politicised background, with two uncles imprisoned on Robben Island, and his current life in USA, singing on the world’s top opera stages. Born in 1984 in Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth, he came to singing through church choirs. He was the Grand Finals winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, graduated with honours in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town, and is also a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.
Olsen (K.) MUSIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA, maskanda past and present
221pp., hardback, Philadelphia, 2014. R1150
"Kathryn Olsen's 'Music and Social Change in South Africa' captures much of the fascinating 'spirit' of maskanda as a nuanced musical expression of the highly politicized discourses of black South African repression and emancipation. Olsen has much to offer in terms of documenting and describing a selection of commercially recorded music by musicians who approach maskanda from different life perspectives. Her book is important, as it informs an understanding of the musical and cultural practices of this genre as being dependent on not only the relationship between the various representations of it that emerged during apartheid and after but also the contextual richness of transformation in South Africa today." Martina Viljoen, Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Free State

"'Music and Social Change in South Africa' is a valuable book on maskanda. It brings together many strands in the interpretation of a popular genre and practice in South African music, presenting it as both a regional and a world music. Olsen allows the music and the musicians to resonate with a rich sense of presence. The music, its meanings, and its histories are discussed with sensitivity to a range of issues. Olsen synthesizes complex cultural and sociopolitical issues at play in a large time swathe of South African history with individual lived experiences and both musical and textual analysis. This is an extensive account of a major popular music genre in a large region of the world" Christine Lucia, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa

Maskanda is a form of neo-traditional Zulu instrumental music performed primarily with voice and special type of guitar-playing, also other instruments such as concertina, violin, and piano accordion are sometimes used. The word maskanda probably derives from the Afrikaans word for musician, 'musikant'.

Kathryn Olsen is a lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Olsson (G.) & Vuković (S.) CONCERNING VIOLENCE, Fanon, film, and liberation in Africa, selected takes 1965-1987
146pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Chicago, 2017. R340
First published in Paris in French in 1961.

Preface by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

Combines photographs from "Concerning Violence", Swedish filmmaker Göran Olsson's documentary on the anticolonial struggles in Rhodesia, Mozambique, Angola and elsewhere in Africa with passages from Frantz Fanon's book "The Wretched of the Earth"
Parow (J.) & Engelbrecht (T.) JACK PAROW, die ou met die snor in die bar
240pp., b.w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R200
Autobiography by Afrikaner rapper Zander Tyler aka Jack Parow.
Powers (P.J.) & Thamm (M.) HERE I AM,
164 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A memoir by South African musician P.J. Powers.

PJ Powers was lead singer for the rock and roll band, Hotline, formed in Johannesburg in 1980. Hotline was the first all-white band to find a receptive audience amongst black South Africans, who gave her the nickname Thandeka (the loved one). After Hotline disbanded in 1987 PJ Powers pursued a solo career. One of her biggest hits with Hotline was "Jabulani", written by bass guitarist, George van Dyk. In 1995, she recorded the Rugby World Cup official song, "World in Union", with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Editor, journalist, columnist and author Marianne Thamm is also the author of "I Have Life: Alison's journey".
Roos (H.) THE LA TRAVIATA AFFAIR, opera in the age of apartheid
271pp., illus., paperback, Oakland, 2018. R680
A history of the Eoan Group, a Coloured cultural organization that performed opera in the Cape from 1933 until 1980. Hilde Roos also explores questions of complicity, compromise, and compliance; assimilation, appropriation, and race.

"This is an exciting and important project that helps uncover the larger picture of the arts in South Africa from a wide swath of the twentieth century. From 1933, with the colonial British occupation, through the rise of the National Party and the creation of apartheid, this study focuses on the history of one of the premier cultural agencies in South Africa, the Eoan Group." Naomi André, Associate Professor of Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program, University of Michigan

Hilde Roos is the General Manager of Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University.
Schonstein (P.) SING, AFRICA!, poems and songs for children
134pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R355
This new edition merges two now out-of-print publications, "Sing, Africa! poems and songs for children" (1990 and 1993) and "We Call the Whales, ecological poems and songs for children" (1993).

Suitable for children aged three to ten and as a pre-school and lower primary resource book.
Steingo (G.) KWAITO'S PROMISE, music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa
307pp., illus., paperback, Chicago & London, 2016. R755
Gavin Steingo discusses kwaito's development alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. He also explains kwaito's ambiguous relationship with politics, power, and the state. His analysis is based on ten years of ethnographic research that included living for a year in Soweto, kwaito’s birthplace, and performing and recording with kwaito musicians.

Kwaito’s Promise delivers more than it promises. The book is not simply an account of the rise of a popular genre that provided the soundscape for South African township youth in the first years of freedom. It ventures boldly into an uncompromising, complex analysis of how this amorphous style of music gave form to the cultural imaginary, indeed to the very lives of its consuming creators. Heita!” David Coplan, University of the Witwatersrand

Gavin Steingo is Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University.
Strydom (C.B.) & Segerman (S. 'Sugar') SUGAR MAN, the life, death and resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
285pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R435
Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, tell the story of their efforts to find out what really happened to Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American musician whose music, although almost unknown in the USA, had been extremely popular in South Africa in the 1970s. Although rumoured to have committed suicide in 1998 they finally tracked him down, alive and well, living in Detroit and working as a labourer, and brought him to South Africa for a series of concerts. The books discusses Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's determination to make the documentary, "Searching for Sugarman", that won the 2013 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Also ncludes information on Rodriguez's background, political activities, and the recognition that he received after the film's success.

Craig Bartholomew Strydom is a freelance writer.
Stephne 'Sugar' Segerman is a music writer and co-owner of the record store, Macu Vinyl, in Cape Town.

Thompson (K.D.) ZIMBABWE'S CINEMATIC ARTS, language, power, identity
237 pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2013. R335
Katrina Thompson explores "questions of culture that play out in broadly accessible local and foreign film and television", demonstrates "how viewers interpret these media and how they impact daily life, language use, and thinking about community." from the back cover

Katrina Daly Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and an affiliated faculty member in African Studies, the Center for the Study of Women, and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Thram (D.) ed. FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music
104 pp., map, illus., paperback, CD, Grahamstown, 2010. R525
Published to accompany the travelling exhibition, first shown at the Origins Centre Museum at Wits University, 2010.

From the early 1920s through the 1970s ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) made field recordings of music from southern and central Africa. He founded the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University in 1954, and became its director.

Includes a CD of some of the music Hugh Tracey recorded and archived.

Contributions include:
"For Future Generations: an introduction" by Diane Tham
"Hugh My Life" by Gerhard Kubik
"Some Instruments in the Hugh Tracey Collection" and "Some Memories of My Father" by Andrew Tracey
"The 'Sound of Africa' for Future Listening" by Noel Lobley
"Andrew Tracey: a colleague reflects" by Christopher Ballantine

Also includes a portion of Hugh Tracey's previously unpublished report to the Carnegie Foundation on his first major research project, "The Native Music of Southern Rhodesia" (1932).
Trudgeon (R.) RODNEY TRUDGEON'S CONCERT NOTES, a selection of favourite orchestral masterpieces
251pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020. R250
A collection of short essays on composers and their most performed works, covering the Baroque period to the 20th century.

"A must-have for any concert-goer...informative and impeccably researched." Pieter Schoeman, Concertmaster, London Philamonic Orchestra

Radio presenter and producer Rodney Trudgeon has worked in classical-music broadcasting in South Africa for over 40 years. He is the Classic Breakfast host and Programme Manager for Fine Music Radio in Cape Town.
van der Merwe (S.) ON RECORD, popular Afrikaans music & society, 1900-2017
192pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2017. R475
Historian and musician Schalk van der Merwe investigates the interplay between popular Afrikaans music and the unfolding of Afrikaans culture politics from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Includes sections on Anton Goosen, Voëlvry, Fokofpolisiekar, Gereformeerde Blues Band, Koos Kombuis, David Kramer, Die Antwoord, and Steve Hofmeyr.

Schalk van der Merwe teaches history at Stellenbosch University. He is also a professional bass player.
van Nierop (L.) DAAR DOER IN DIE FLIEK, 'n persoonlike blik op die geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse rolprent
467pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R350
Leon van Nierop discusses the development of the Afrikaans film industry in South Africa.

Leon van Nierop is a well-known radio personality, film critic and novelist. Two of his novels, "Wolwedans in die skemer" and "Ballade vir 'n Enkeling" have been made into films. He was head of the film school at Tshwane University of Technology and often lectures on film and creative writing.