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Watch Bilal’s Performance on JR’s Feel Good Live Sessions

We didn't see this one coming.

Bilal is the latest album to grace the JR's Feel Good Live Sessions stage. The neo soul legend performs both recent and old songs, including "Sirens II" from his 2015 album In Another Life and "Longing and Waiting" from 2013's A Love Surreal.


The artist, together with his band, handles the performance like the legend he is, singing and performing with ease. His appearance on the popular series took many fans by surprise, as the show normally hosts South African artists (Nasty C, AKA, Riky Rick, Amanda Black and many others have all performed on the show), and a few from the continent (WurlD recently made an appearance).

Watch Bilal's performance in its entirety below:

FEELGOODLIVESESSIONS BILAL www.youtube.com

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End of an Era as Last South African Music Shops Set to Close

South Africa's Clicks Group has announced the imminent closure of its Musica stores—the last music stores in South Africa after 29 years.

South Africans are bidding farewell to Musica, yet another cultural giant which will be closing shop soon. Musica stores, which are owned by the South African Clicks Group, have been the leading music retailer in the sales of physical CDs and DVDs for close to three decades. Musica admittedly provided a home for many South Africans to leisurely browse through their favourite music in very much the same way book lovers do in book stores. However, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and having been outcompeted by the digital music world, all Musica stores across the country will be closing permanently.

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