freelearning season 3

E01: MASTER PERCUSSION PLAYERS


The passing of the last master percussion player Mabi “Segwagwa” Thobejane brought an outpouring of musical performances. In this episode we profile the contribution of Mabi Thobejane whilst welcoming the contribution of one of South Africa’s greatest contributors to innovative percussion, from Soweto Tebs Lipere.

freelearning season 3

E02: AFRICAN HERITAGE ENSEMBLE

Mbuso Khoza and the African Heritage ensembles interpretation of Amahubo, ancient African songs traditionally sung by Abanguni griots and composers, is an informative way of capturing historically significant moments that future generations can learn from.

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E03: THE XHOSA SPIRITUAL VOICE

The musical journey of Suthukazi Arosi takes into the tradition, meaning and practice of uBuntu in African culture and heritage. From traditional Xhosa music to international acclaim, in this episode we learn from an inspiring journey.

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LONGEVITY THROUGH MASKANDA

Multi award winning maskanda artist Hhashi EliMhlophe records his music in the famous maskanda studio in Downtown. In this episode we take a visit down the legendary hallways of Downtown where the most famous maskanda artists have recorded their hit records to learn the secrets that drive maskanda success from one of the most acclaimed and sustained maskanda artist.

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THE SOUND OF SOUTH AFRICA

A powerful performer, like her father – legend Lucky Dube, Nkulee holds much promise for South African music. This is an opportunity to raise up the importance of reggae music through a new voice profiling the Pan African reach of Lucky Dube, the experience of Nkulee through performing with her father and the fulfilment of the her promised contribution to the

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E06: ISICHATAMIYA

To date Ladysmith Black Mambazo has released sixty albums and are the most successful African group in America, winning five Grammy awards showing how South Africa’s isichatimiya music is international. The third generation are now coming into the spotlight. Of Shabalala’s seventy-five grandchildren, Babuyile, leader of the Young MBAZO group, an acronym standing for Movement Built to Acknowledge Zulu Origins is the first in the family to learn to read and write music.

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E07: PLAN FOR AFRICAN MUSIC

Geoff Tracey is a sangoma, story-teller and music educator. I am helping to reconnect cultures to our spirit practices, our extra-sensory capacities and our ancient wisdom that has always been with us. Geoff is sanctioned and authorised by traditional knowledge keepers to work with the continuous and ancient African practices. And, in this episode teaches us the 5D (fifth dimension) technology of the sangoma and the powerful practices of our indigenous knowledge systems.

freelearning season 3

E08: A PHILOSOPHY OF PAN-AFRICANISM

Artist philosopher and heritage practitioner Pitika Ntuli has produced the work titled Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), reclaiming African spiritual knowledge and fulfilling the need of reinspiring African identity, history, education, religion and practices. African ancestors gained spiritual knowledge through artworks. In this episode we share the spiritual approach to art in a sculpture / musical collaboration with Pitika Ntuli sculpting a piece whilst the Shembe music is performed by the Shembe group from KZN.