The South African Broadcast Commission has just dropped massive news. It has retuned the music selection policies on all 18 of its radio stations. From tomorrow, all public broadcasting stations will be required to play 90% local music. Continue reading
Every thing is a competition these days. Mainstream music competitions are some of the most popular events in the media. Idols, X Factor, Eurovision and The Voice seem to air constantly, and we watch fervently to find out who the next “big musician” is going to be. But do these competitions really offer musicians a chance at success?
Formal musical training is a distant dream for the marginalised youth in South Africa. They grow up in disadvantaged communities without hope and opportunity. From the gang-infested streets of the Cape Flats to the distant, rural farmlands of Limpopo, millions of South Africans hold little chance of escaping the clutches of poverty let alone forging a career in music. But a beam of light shines in the darkness. It’s a glimmer of hope, and it’s coming from the community churches that are situated in the hearts of these forgotten areas. It is not God. It is something entirely different. Continue reading