I HAVE just read about musician David Mbuso Masando’s passing. He was a member of the band, Soul Brothers, who have released 30 albums since their formation in 1974.
Their music dominated urban music with the mbaqanga sound.
Huh? Never heard of them and I know my music, believe me. The question begs: how do us white South Africans become familiar with black South African music?
We are not exposed to it on local “white” radio stations or on “white” TV stations. It would appear that local content on these stations is Afrikaans music – this is my perception.
Several years ago, a close friend of mine and I went to a tavern in New Brighton with the sole purpose of being among the crowd when Siya Kolisi made his Springbok debut. We wanted to “feel” the vibe.
Following the game, I became mesmerised with a new music sound, African house. Wow! I thought, this is amazing (I am a rock fan and Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever).
The locals explained house to me and I now have a lot of African house in my vast music collection.
But what of the Soul Brothers? I will certainly investigate and listen, but how are we white people who are not familiar with our black South African brothers’ music going to be exposed to it, and know where to find it and what to listen to?
– Gordon Upton, Port Elizabeth
YOU are free to tune into radio stations which play an array of local music on all frequencies.