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Ladysmith moves with the times

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It was news that came from nowhere. Ladysmith Black Mambazo were on tour when they heard that someone from New York wished to meet their leader, Joseph Shabalala. That someone turned out to be Paul Simon, who, to their complete amazement, wanted to work with them. At the time, after all, the all-male a capella […]


Jim White dirties up Greek music

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The purists were probably sharpening their knives. Here, after all, was Jim White, famed Australian rock drummer, taking the traditional music of Crete back to Greece, and, being one half of just a duo with George Xylouris’s laouto and baritone voice, there was nowhere to hide. “I was apprehensive,” White concedes of that first time […]


Sarah Snook unlocks her inner teen visionary

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She was improbable to her contemporaries 600 years ago, and she remains just as improbable, now. Joan of Arc bent France’s king, nobility, army and church to her will (turning the tide of the 100 Years War with England), all as a low-born, teenaged girl claiming to be an agent of the Almighty, and in […]