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I'm a writer, musician, performer, creative, closet academic and out and out football fan. Our band is called SunshiP, after one of John Coltraine's last records - which is also the name of a song we do as a tribute to him. It's one of about 30 originals, some of whom are stupendously good, and almost 40 reinterpretations of others' work which include total reworks of over half a dozen Robert Johnson's, a couple of Muddy Waters' tracks, Peter Green, Howling Wolf, JJ Cale, bla bla. The world of music opened up for me as an active lifestyle at 41 when I started playing drums and fulfilling a childhood dream. Childhood dreams are fundamental truths, I've found. I'm fully pro environment, loathe mining, pesticides, logging, fracking, the petrochemical industry and branding. I believe that great products make good brands and not the other way around, find the notion of people as brands nauseatingly Joan Collins, and don't tweet ever! If we are to break the human experience into tiny digestible morsels, well tyhen we may as well bleat!

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East Cape Blues

Thank you to neofundi and my good friend Socs - a friendship now into its 35th magnificent year - for providing such an amazing platform for me to share some of my thoughts ... and now my music.

So ... emboldened by my friends' positive reaction to my posting of one of our band's songs "My Death" yesterday, today I'm posting the vid of one of our live performances earlier this year. The song's called "East Cape Blues" and was shot exclusively on iPhone and edited on laptop by good…


Posted on July 18, 2012 at 16:00 — 1 Comment


Having blogged intermittently about the 2012 Grahamstown National Arts Festival; and written bits and bobs for the last year about SunshiP - the band I drum in - finally I have something to show my friends in Jozi, most of whom haven't seen me play - in fact all of whom knew me before my exit from Jozi and mid-life existentialism drove me to finally actualise the dream I've had since childhood. 

So ...

SunshiP is the band; and "My Death" is the single that appears below. The…


Posted on July 17, 2012 at 16:42

National ArtFest Days 8,9,10, 11 - More Than One Could Ever Imagine

So its over. The ArtsFest for 2012 is done. As am I. I'd hoped to write daily updates - to put you right inside the glorious kaleidoscope that the Grahamstown National Arts Festival always is. I couldn't. This year was just too big, too much, too busy, too full, too intense, too constant. My god! Every day was so full, that by evening what had happened just that morning felt like it was days, even weeks, old.

Having worked as a wordsmith for a dozen years, I pride myself at being able…


Posted on July 10, 2012 at 16:30

Days 6 & 7: Creative Heaven

In our little normally secluded corner of the Eastern Cape, when Fest rolls into town, everything changes. Obviously! But it's more than the obvious influx of shows and people. It's almost as if the town's DNA,and that of its people, is irrevocably altered - a kind of creative cosmic shift, where the largesse of what is all around us somehow infuses itself into our bloodstream through our pores. For a while, like plants, we grow by osmosis. For some in Gtown, Fest is the annual cash express…


Posted on July 5, 2012 at 15:51

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At 11:06 on June 10, 2011, Mr. Alpha said…
Ola Chollo..
At 11:24 on June 10, 2011, Kally Boyiatjis said…
Stratos!!!! How are u? xxx
At 21:32 on August 10, 2011, Chantel Green said…
My Disco king...meeting you in the cyber world....miss the dance floor and your presence...

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