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African music creators

There was a time when a leading African recording artist took the American team that produced the largest selling album of all time to court, for not giving him credit (and royalty payments) for using a chant from one of his major hits on the aforementioned record....

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One man’s meat….

As I strolled through a leafy park in Sydney, Australia with some fellow Black performers from London, one of the women noticed a wallaby in the bushes. “Oh!” She exclaimed. “Isn’t it lovely?” One of the men in our group – a mischievous cove, said “On a bed of rice,...

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Suit of armour

I’ve been wondering why I’ve remembered several illuminating exchanges with tutors from my old conservatoire recently. Could it be that I’m going through a creative rejuvenation? I would like to think so. I’ve heard before that most people in positions of authority...

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As seen on TV

Since I’m an old ham, I enjoy performing in all sorts of settings. I also get a kick out of the backstage process, if it doesn’t involve too much sitting around, waiting for things to happen. Not everyone shares my brazen attraction to the roar of the greasepaint and...

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Believing in permanence

Is there any genre of music that truly stands outside the demands of changing time and trends? Musicians who perform classical, folk or religious devotional idioms tend to believe that their styles are timeless, but when one listens closely to the goings on in those...

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Pushing the boat out

On two separate occasions, I’ve found myself in situations where mentor figures told me that certain proverbs and myths from Yoruba sources would not make sense to people brought up with a Western Judeo-Christian mindset or worldview. The first time this happened, I...

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