Photos
Photo by Tseliso Monaheng.

In Photos: ‘Indaba Is’ Recording Sessions

These images take you inside the recording sessions for 'Indaba Is', a compilation of great compositions from South Africa's creative improvisational music scene, released by London-based Brownswood Recordings.

Indaba Is is a cross-section of the latest greatest compositions from Mzansi's creative improvisational music scene, released by London-based Brownswood Recordings. Featuring 52 musicians in total, the release adds another layer onto a heritage made famous by globally renowned stars—the likes of Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo, Jonas Gwangwa and more.

Pianist and composer Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves On vocalist Siya Mthembu are the project's curators and creative directors and are responsible for what the world is now hearing on wax, in high definition, across platforms.

Keep reading... Show less
Popular
TCIYF (South Africa). Photo courtesy of the band.

20 Black Punk Bands You Need To Listen To

Punk's not dead, and these 20 black punk bands from North America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Brazil & more prove it.

40 years ago, punk rock spread around the world with bands like The Clash and The Ramones gathering a cult following and creating a scene in which kids who didn't fit in found a community.

Punk rock started in the U.K. and the States as a movement against the establishment—a way for working class kids to fight back through music and culture, no matter their lack of technical skills or financial means. Today, most of the remains of that period can be found in museums and it seems like most people have forgotten what the movement was all about.

Black punks stand out like a sore throat and their presence can be questioned. But, in reality, they've been present from punk's heyday with artists like Bad Brains, National Wake and Poly Styrene making history.

RELATED: 6 Iconic Black 70s Punk Bands You Should Be Listening To

Black punks, if anything, are some of the last vanguards of a punk movement that's been co-opted by the mainstream. They fight two battles: to create their own space inside their punk communities, as well as inside black culture.

Black punks have to reconcile these cultures, and are thus more authentic, rebellious, bold and not afraid to be involved politically.

Punk's not dead, and these 10 black punk bands show it.

Listen to our Black Punk playlists on Apple Music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

Shabaka Hutchings on the New Generation of Jazz

UK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings takes us inside Shabaka and the Ancestors' debut album, 'Wisdom of Elders'

Cape Town World Music Festival With Vieux Farka Touré, Okmalumkoolkat, Thandiswa Mazwai & More [Gallery + Recap]

Okayafrica recaps the Cape Town World Music Festival with performances from Vieux Farka Touré, Okmalumkoolkat, Thandiswa Mazwai and more.

Petter Ringbom Talks 'Shield And Spear'

Okayafrica contributor Rob Scher talks to 'Shield And Spear' director Petter Ringbom ahead of the film's African premiere in Durban.

popular.

The Brother Moves On 'Good Times' (Live)

Johannesburg-based African music band the Brother Moves On performs 'Good Time' for the ONE Campaign Agit8 protest music project.