South Africa music

" online journal for African music that promotes independence and cultural authenticty. It is a collection of music, musicians, literature, oral and written history / philosophy. Founded in 2000, it is a promotional portal for cultural sharing and the philosophy of togetherness... ." Maintained by Struan Douglas. Based in Durban, South Africa.

Africa South of the Sahara - Music
Directory of African music internet resources.

AfrodesiaMP3 - Gateway To The African Soul
Sells African dance music (many South African artists) through electronic download only. Individual songs are $1.99. Afro-pop, gospel, hip hop, kwaito, reggae, etc. Audio samples.

British Library. National Sound Archive (London)
Search their catalog. For example, a search on Senegal produced over 700 citations to recordings (Senegalese musicians, interview with Youssou N'Dour, bird calls, etc.) You can limit the search to Oral Histories. Copies of recordings can be purchased; "however "recordings which are less than 50 years old are all in copyright and you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner before a copy can be made." The Archive is digitizing ten collections including the D. Rycroft South Africa recordings 1960s-70; the Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings 1949-54; and the BBC World Service African Writers Club.
Online are short audio clips of:

  • Sounds made by the Namib Sand Gecko Recorded near Erongo Mountains, central Namibia, 8 September 1984 by David Watts. [photo of Gecko from commercial site]
  • Sounds made by the African Fish Eagle Recorded at Lake St Lucia, Zululand, South Africa on 8 December 1974 by David Watts.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Workshops. Was formerly the North Sea Jazz Festival.

U-Carmen eKhayelitsha
A South African film, based on Georges Bizet's Carmen, and set in a Cape Town township, wins the top award, the Golden Bear, at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Mark Dornford-May. The libretto was translated into Xhosa. From From

Conference - Theatre in Africa - Africa in the Theatre, 2007 July 10-14, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2006. This is the Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) / Fédération internationale pour la recherche théâtrale (FIRT).

Drakensberg Boys' Choir
Founded 1967, inspired by the Vienna Boys' Choir. Also operates a school for choir members. "The Choir School was one of the first educational institutions in South Africa to enrol boys of all race groups." Cds can be ordered by mail. Has a video/audio clip. [KF]

Independent Armchair Theatre
"Home page for The Independent Armchair Theatre, one of Cape Town’s main live music venues. The site also acts as a resource for information on local musicians and an online store."

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Kwasizabantu Mission
A mission ministry whose goal is to spread the Gospel. Runs a private Christian school and an adult literacy center, offers radio education courses. Has audio music (in Zulu) and sermons, accounts of their Ministers' conferences, photographs. Based in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The closest large city is Durban. [KF]

Lucky Dub
Official site. Biography, discography, photographs, interviews, press articles, tour dates, show reports, lyrics, etc.

Mbuli, Mzwakhe - Campaign for Release of Mzwakhe Mbuli
"This site is dedicated to liberation of Mzwakhe Mbuli, prominent artist and hero of the movement for justice in South Africa, whose poetry fueled a movement and inspires a nation. He was arrested on October 28, 1997 on trumped-up charges because he had knowledge of corrupt officials and complained about police failure to charge anyone for the third attempt on his life." Includes articles, photographs, an online petition. Based in Cambridge, Mass. [KF]
For a BBC report on the case, which includes audio clips and related sites, see:
Biographies, photographs of South African musicians. Links to South African music events. From Making Music Productions cc.

National Anthems and Songs
The African National Congress site has links to The Call of South Africa, Die Stem van Suid Afrika, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, and The Internationale.
South African Government Site - South African government site. Has the text of the South African national anthem, in English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and a history of the anthem. The audio file of Nkosi Sikelel' (as a .wav file) is very slow to download) . [KF]

National Arts Festival [Grahamstown National Arts Festival]
Features "dance, theatre, music and opera to fine art, film, craftart, cabaret and jazz." "Sponsored by Standard Bank since 1984, it is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation, a non-profit making body..."

Peak Performances
Music promoter, artist bookings, event management. Artists include Amampondo, Ross Webb (DJ/VJ), dance groups, comedy, etc. Based in Cape Town, South Africa. [KF]

Site has closed down. "Live, 24-hour, streaming radio from the South African Broadcasting Corporation." Contains discograpies, biographies of the musicians, historical background of the music traditions, selected audio tracks for those with sound cards and speakers, a chat room, an online store to purchase CDs. Includes township, jazz, religious, and neotraditional music. Background article in the New York Times, March 16, 1998 by Lisa Napoli. Sponsored by Quincy Jones.

Recording Industry of South Africa
Information on music piracy.

Screen Africa (Strathavon South Africa)
Monthly news magazine for the South African film, television, video, radio and multimedia industry. Selected articles are online. Has a weekly email newsletter, an extensive directory covering film production, community radio, recording studios, and more, a personal managers association directory to find actors, singers, dancers. In Production is a directory of all the productions in development, pre-, post- and completed in South Africa. [KF]

Selsong Recording Studio
"Selsong Studio is a one man Pre-Production and Top Quality Demo operation, run by Selwyn Schneider. After living in London for 26 years, Selwyn has returned to SA to live in Cape Town."

South African Journal of Musicology (Durban)
"Articles on South African and other musics; reviews of books, scores, software and multimedia products, and recordings; conference reports and other news." Has the table of contents and abstracts for articles. Based at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

South African Music Education Trust
The Trust brings music education projects to music teachers and students in disadvantaged communities in which it works such as Soweto, Alexandra Township, Atteridgeville, Eersterust, Mamelodi, Kuils River, Nyanga, Guguletu, Khayalitsha, Ga-Rankua, Orange Farm. Has issues of their Newsletter. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South African Music Week
Annual celebration of South African music. "South African Music Week is run by the MIDI Trust in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and a strategic partnership has been formed with the Department of Education." Music performance schedules, South African music overview, music career advice, links to related sites. [KF]