That the classical music scene would be hit by the current round of race-carding seems obvious now. The wonder is that it took so long, actually. I remember something of the fuss Hendrik Hofmeyr created by daring to name a work Sinfonia africana, even though this work was deemed to be devoid of “African” material.
Ravenna is a city which has been inhabited for longer than the Bantu-speaking peoples have been in South Africa. It was here that the Roman Empire finally came to die, when ultimate power in the Western Empire was handed to Theodoric the Goth in the fifth century. The place seems oddly appropriate. Europe is still
If you ever see a man carrying a gun putting down the KFC, avoid if at all possible. These people have greasy trigger fingers, and a low self esteem. Take, for example, the case of R113. I met R113 in the park one day while he was putting down some KFC, balancing the box on
The Groningen Museum is a remarkable building, a masterpiece of early Babylonian Mechano, with a significant nod in the direction of neo-Chaldean Barbie chic. Its central pylon looms gloweringly against the Friesland sky, a dour pastel-yellow affair the shape and texture of a butter dish balanced on end. No one knows why. Nonetheless, it has
It’s hip to listen to electronic music. People who like wearing those “I wish I was Scandinavian” square glasses and who have really CLEAN girlfriends with vintage fascist underwear hidden beneath the kind of vintage McCarthyist frock that really did it for America until Marilyn Monroe taught us all how to whistle – those people
Walk softly and carry a big Stick. Make sure it is the biggest and shiniest Stick you can find, so that everyone who sees it will want one. Take your Stick to functions and introduce it to influential people: friends and enemies. Give your Stick a black Mercedes Benz. Make sure it is the biggest,
I last saw that paragon of Russian folk art ensembles, the Terem Quartet, when they played at the WOMAD festival in Benoni eleven years ago. After last night I am certain that I am one of only two people who hold the absurdly elite honour of having been to both of the performances given by