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Where do you go to, oh traveler?

One of the leading exponents of Juju music – a Yoruba popular music genre, sang about someone who travelled all over the world. The traveler mentioned in the song was a schoolmate of my father’s, I was surprised to discover. Back in the day, the wayfarer in question...

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On and on with the repetition

In the days when I led bands, it was always interesting to hear the musicians from a French speaking African background referring to a rehearsal as a repetition. Depending on the techniques used by various artistes, repetition could be regarded as a key element in...

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The cart and horse in performing arts

A colleague who has moved on to a different way of life was once inspired to start a performing arts company. She was diligent in selecting a suitable business model and went through all the required steps to formally constitute her enterprise. Gifted at networking,...

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Seeing the culture from a different angle

Many years ago, I attended a performance presented by students from the same course I studied at Music College. After the presentation, I had a conversation with one of the course tutors. The main thing I remember from that chat is that we both agreed that there...

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Flowing information

I have learnt in recent times that many human beings function mainly on our subconscious thoughts, only choosing to be present or conscious for about 5% of the time. Sometimes I wonder if this information can account for the fact that a person can understand an idea...

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Who is an African?

In my neck of the woods, as a young adult I was part of a loosely connected local counter cultural community. All of the same age range, we had folks from a diverse range of backgrounds, including a guy from the USA, who would have baulked at the idea of being...

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