A TRIBUTE TO WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA – MOTHER OF OUR NATION:

                                                        26/9/1936 – 2/4/1918

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Fierce and Feisty

Who knew the mother you were

Than the downtrodden 

 

Tribute to Hugh Masekela – Rest in Peace Bra Hugh! 

            ( 4th April 1939 – 23 January 2018)

One of our great ICONS of Jazz, Hugh Masekela, passed away this week at the age of 78. Apart from being twice a  Grammy award award winner and playing with great musicians all over the world, he has been one of those artists who has not only given us pleasure through his music but has also been a disciple and commentator of what is wrong with our world. He has indeed been one of our liberators.

Many tributes have poured in over radio and television this week and those who know Hugh Masekela’s music will know “Grazin the grass”.  Stimela (meaning train) has been one of the songs that has played on  many radio stations this week. It is very dramatically presented, simulating the sound of a train as it recounts  the lives of migrant workers coming to South Africa on whose back the wealth of our Gold, Diamonds and Coal platinum and other minerals have been mined.  The jovial character of Hugh has also been much spoken of this week so while this song deals with serious issues, I’ve offered various versions for you to enjoy the art of the musician. Have a great week ahead!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

This song caught my attention this week. A beautiful song which  takes me to a special place. I’ve chosen two great versions of the song. Maysa jazzes up the original version by Luther Vandross. I would love to hear which version you’d pick. Have a gorgeous day/night and enjoy your week ahead.

And this is what it sounds like in a saxophone performance

Today I’d like to introduce my song of the week which may include eclectic genres of music that I enjoy. Mostly though, it is likely to pick out songs which have been covered by various musicians and you can decide which one you like best.

I’ve recently returned from a wonderful Winter holiday in Malta and Venice with a quick introduction of my children to Paris. When our Taxify driver picked us up to take us to Charles de Gaulle Airport, this song by Nadia, was playing on the Jazz radio station our driver was listening to. Though I know the song, I hadn’t heard this version before. Our driver was so exuberant about me expressing my liking for this song that he could hardly contain himself. He lavished us with sweets, took us on a special detour to see the Christmas lights at the Champs Elycees and this experience was just the cherry on the cake to the romance of Paris. Here is Bèsame Mucho – Kiss me alot. This became our family theme song for the remainder of our holiday. I’d love to hear which one was your favorite version. Have a fantastic week ahead!

Whatever the weather or time of day, I hope you will enjoy some of the music I’ve selected for today. It’s also amazing how the year has raced on and besides Diwali and Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we have Christmas at the door. Hopefully, many of you will look back and find some joys to relish for 2017. I’ve no doubt that across the world, it’s been a challenging year. Still, I am grateful for the good things that have come my way and even on dim days, there is always the music. This is my last Soulful Sunday post for the year. I look forward to meeting you here at the same time and same place next year. Happy holidays to my fellow music fan!!❤️ ❤️ ❤️

In today’s post, I thought I’d start off with a tribute to a group who are one of our cultural institutions, the Soweto String Quartet. The original Quartet hail from the historical Soweto where four guys got together to blend western classical music with their own African sounds. Last weekend we enjoyed a fundraiser concert of a youthful version of the original quartet who had us enthralled with a medley of James Bond theme songs and a combo of the African sounds that  get your feet tapping. Today’s collection starts off with one of my all time favorite songs “Summertime” played in Zulu by the original band who were famous for dressing in their Zebra jackets – representing the diversity of our country. Hope you enjoy this and the rest of today’s collection. Have yourselves an awesome week ahead! ❤️ ❤️  ❤️

Are you ready for it? – to sit down and relax with your favourite drink and join me in listening to some soulful sounds. Here’s hoping that you find something you like when the sun comes down on you. Have a lovely week ahead!

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It’s been a cold weekend here in the South and today’s selection, many of them mellow classics, are great accompaniment to relaxing with something to warm you up if temperatures are falling. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a super week ahead!

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