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To conform, or not to conform

Every community has notions about what is regarded as genteel behaviour. Individuals can opt to conform to that way of being, or they can choose to live on the margins. When a person has more than one set of cultural practices to consider, he or she has to exert more...

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Gigging in local eateries

It feels like almost a lifetime ago, when I returned to band leading after taking a break from it for nine years (2000-2009). Reconnecting with colleagues from my days as an emerging musician led to a process of playing songs in public from the wide repertoire of my...

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Demands of the festive season

As the time of festivities draws closer, many of us are  probably looking forward to the time when we don’t have to deal with the daily grind of commuting to reach our places of work or business, but what actually happens in those moments when we are not preoccupied...

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Effort in social settings

Why is there so much preoccupation with the idea that some people need to make an effort to fit in, while others can go wherever they want and behave as they please? History has shown that those who go to particular places looking for validation usually end up at the...

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Dealing with passive aggressive energies

It’s interesting, the way that some human beings search for ways to channel feelings of envy into creating controversies based on prefabricated issues, so they can justify the use of destructive energies. Over a decade ago I was commissioned to compose a piece of...

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Extending the boundaries, with friends

The first ever performance of Afonja’s Minstrel at Longfield Hall was a highlight of 2018 for yours truly. The opportunity to extend the boundaries of my artistic practice was truly enjoyable, but it was also a great pleasure to see many people in the audience from a...

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