Poetics:Rantings from Rock n’ Rule : upcoming book kaMenzi Maseko

Additional Poems for Rock ‘n Rule Book Rocks, Rules and Righteous Rantings  …Still got my dread crown on Papa was rolling stoned/Ancestral blasphemy will not be condoned …The ancient future is here / the howlin’ how long blues might just up n disappear / we found a way to outmaneuver the fear …But we stillContinue reading “Poetics:Rantings from Rock n’ Rule : upcoming book kaMenzi Maseko”

Between BBBEE and a Harder Place

Ankh em Maat – Living in truth, justice and cosmic order I have just read Andile Khumalo’s article on page 10 of the Sunday Times, August 14 2016/the Business Times section. Titled, ‘Pinnacle ticks the boxes but fails the test: Corporate social investment is masquerading as empowerment‘, the article really made me glad that thereContinue reading “Between BBBEE and a Harder Place”

Ode to Genius: a poem for bhekumuzi hyacinth mseleku

For Bhekumuzi Hyacinth Mseleku, a Jazz poem By Menzi Maseko aka Sankaras Chalice aka Katonda Lisa Mwari  Sing: There is evidence of Light On the horizon hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm mmhmm! Faith is beautiful but Truth We can depend on …again and again, again and again! From the Source of Life we came …Continue reading “Ode to Genius: a poem for bhekumuzi hyacinth mseleku”

Alter-Native Society: Between Kingdoms, Political Structures and Anarchy

“The king was the personification of Ma’at, a word that we translate as ‘truth’, or ‘justice’, but has an extended meaning of the proper cosmic order at the time of its establishment by the Creator …There is in Akhenaten’s teaching a constant emphasis upon Maat …as is not found before or afterwards.” – Cyril Aldred,Continue reading “Alter-Native Society: Between Kingdoms, Political Structures and Anarchy”

In the music: people’s intuitive travels and the paths of rhythm

Inside the sleeve of Nduduzo Makhathini’s newest offering,after the prayer, these words are stated: “Inner Dimensions – Seeks to go deep within the the inner realms of our souls and find those melodies that will bring about harmony, healing and hope for all people. It is a journey to our innermost being that connects usContinue reading “In the music: people’s intuitive travels and the paths of rhythm”

Matters of the Spiritual Heart

An appreciation: Ever-since I was introduced to the ‘jazz’ artists called Kurt Elling, I have become irreversibly hooked. A perfect stranger called Lesego had given us a ride home one evening after the Poetry Africa festival’s final concert. We were all still buzzing from a great performance by Hip Hop Pantsula and some herbs wereContinue reading “Matters of the Spiritual Heart”

Poetics: Global Afrikanness and The Legacy of Eskia Mphahlele

As I have mentioned on one of my earlier posts, I leave books everywhere. I do not only sell them, I also share many books among my friends and colleagues and sometimes perfect strangers. One of my Eritrean friends runs a restaurant called Habesha Cafe’ on 124 Helen Joseph Road, Durban. When I visited last-nightContinue reading “Poetics: Global Afrikanness and The Legacy of Eskia Mphahlele”

Sympathy for the Devils? or Humane Relationships vs Personality Cults

“The ANC is not a socialist party. It has never pretended to be one, it has never said it was, and it is not trying to be. It will not become one by decree for the purpose of pleasing its ‘left’ critics.” – Thabo Mbeki, 1984 ( Saul, ‘Cry for the Beloved Country’, in JacobsContinue reading “Sympathy for the Devils? or Humane Relationships vs Personality Cults”

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