Keorapetse Kgositsile


“Home is where the music is” is drawn from Keorapetse Kgositsile’s poem “For Hughie Masekela”, dedicated to the South African trumpeter, composer and bandleader. The poem ends with the lines, “This then is the rhythm / and the blues of it / Home is where the music is”. The poem was published in the 1974 collection, The Present Is A Dangerous Place To Live, however it was presented to Masekela earlier. Bra Hugh then recorded a double album titled Home Is Where The Music Is, with artwork by South African abstract expressionist Dumile Feni, released in 1972. The album features the song, “Blues for Huey”, which evokes the lamentation and longing of exile in Kgositsile’s poem, interweaving New York and Maseru, revealing continuities across the Atlantic.

We are delighted to present the latest addition to the Chimurenganyana series, Home Is Where The Music Is by Uhuru Phalafala.

Join us for the launch of this book in the form of a listening and conversation with Uhuru Phalafala, Bongani Kona and Asher Gamedze, at the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town), on Thursday, 02 September 2021 – from 5:30pm.

As soundtrack to the writing, Uhuru has assembled a sonic documentary, which can be listened to here:

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This Way I Salute You – a live broadcast for Keorapetse Kgositsile

On Friday 19, from 6pm we gathered in the Chimurenga/PASS radio studio on Long Street to give thanks to Keorapetse William Kgositsile (19 September 1938 – 3 January 2018). The session is hosted by Uhuru Phalafala and Bongani Kona and features contributions by Harry Garuba, Karen Press, and Julie Nxadi. We also listened and broadcast recordings of his performances, interviews etc, and the work he often made reference to: Dyani’s bass, the words of Baraka and Neruda etc. Please join …  ( continue reading

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