Category: Features

September 30, 2020 / Features

Abdullah Ibrahim was an adult before he learned his father had been murdered when he, Abdullah, was only four. He’d grown up believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister. Perhaps that’s why his life has always seemed a search for truth; why his greatest album…

September 24, 2020 / Features

She was used to hearing classical or pop music humming from the cream-coloured Bakelite radio that hunched on the Whangarei kitchen’s Formica bench. But on this particular afternoon her 13-year-old ears heard something new. She recognised the song, East of the Sun, yet after the melody the band seemed to…

September 21, 2020 / Features

The presiding doctor at his death assumed he was between 50 and 60. Four possible causes of death were given: perforated ulcer, advanced cirrhosis, pneumonia and heart-attack. In fact Charlie Parker was only 34. In his brief career he’d burned brighter than any comet in the jazz firmament, and this…