The songs, books and sequence that helped us get by…


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On our playlist

Bernard Kotzé
Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell and Moanin’ by Artwork Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. These YouTubers digitise outdated jazz LPs. It comes with the unique cowl artwork so it seems to be nice for those who put it in your TV. It’s rather a lot just like the expertise of an LP with out the effort. It turns into an occasion. Your TV will get hijacked and turns into a phenomenal album cowl. A few of them are even signed by the artists – (Bernard Kotze).

Ferial Haffajee
After all, it must be Jerusalema by Grasp KG, that includes Nomcebo!

Haji Mohamed Dawjee
The catalog of Moondog aka The Viking of sixth Avenue – it’s messy and actual and surreal all on the identical time and I turned obsessed together with his life and thoughts and story after I learn an article within the New Yorker.

At Least for Now by Benjamin Clementine. Clementine’s lyricism and depth actually spoke to me at a time of loss.

The discography of the Scorching eight Brass Band. There aren’t quite a lot of albums however, rattling, they’re enjoyable.

And I obtained quite a lot of work performed listening to Kyle Shepherd Trio’s album, Dream State, particularly the tracks Xamissa and The Painter.

Janet Heard
I Cried for You by Katie Melua; I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin; So A lot Hassle within the World by Bob Marley; Trickle Down by Fats Freddy’s Drop; A Luta Continua by Miriam Makeba and The Remaining Countdown by Europe. 

John Stupart
Danheim, Heilung, Wardruna
. These three Viking people steel teams have given me 2020’s Norse equal of Enya. It’s like karma on your soul, in case your soul wished to go drink ale with the chosen in Valhalla, slay giants and trek as much as the therapeutic mountain.

Run the Jewels has been my go to throughout lockdown-enforced house exercise periods. No one Communicate additionally has a unbelievable music video.

Marushka Stipinovich
Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground

Pauli van Wyk
In lockdown I found Tinsley Ellis, Champion Jack Dupree and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Rebecca Davis
For the entire yr, I’ve had Bruce Springsteen’s 2019 album Western Stars on repeat. I discovered its gentleness deeply soothing.

Styli Charalambous
The A Star Is Born album

Nicole Williamson
Days Like This by Dermot Kennedy.

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The podcasts to obtain now

Bernard Kotzé
Rating –
The Podcast

In-depth interviews with large movie composers. A bit area of interest maybe, and straight-forward, however stable high quality and entertaining/informative interviews.

The beauty of podcasts is that they’re good for niches. Should you like one thing bizarre passionately, odds are there might be a podcast about it. It could differ in high quality however it means that you can join with a neighborhood that loves your loopy pursuits as a lot as you do. These are at all times essentially the most enjoyable podcasts to take heed to.

Ferial Haffajee
Don’t Shoot the Messenger. So fantastically produced and curiously instructed. Additionally Fashionable Love, which is a set of typically stunning micro love tales; and This American Life is a weekly teach-in on methods to inform tales.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee (producer of Each day Maverick‘s podcast, Don’t Shoot the Messenger)
Clearly compensate for Don’t Shoot the Messenger, however I’m biased. And actually any true crime or chilly case podcasts. A present fav is Feminine Criminals. It’s simply pure escapism and doesn’t make me really feel like a podcast is figure, to be truthful.

Janet Heard
In case you missed the primary few suggestions… Many times! Don’t Shoot the Messenger – from the professional group, to recap on the yr’s large points.

John Stupart
My Dad Wrote a Porno

Should you’re planning lengthy drives these holidays and also you don’t have youngsters within the automotive, this podcast will go away you rolling with laughter and in full tears. One intrepid son found his salesman father wrote a pornographic novel. It goes about in addition to you’d count on.

We Have Concerns

You’ll chortle, however you’ll additionally study one thing. Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni are a hilarious comedic duo, however they focus on actual phenomena on this planet that warrant consideration. Chook pranks, canine buttons, the lifetime of lab mice, Zeptoseconds. They cowl all of it.

Each day Maverick’sDon’t Shoot The Messenger’, as a result of it was ranked by Apple as one of many yr’s greatest new reveals! (Rebecca Davis)

Styli Charalambous
The Dropout.
ABC’s investigative tackle the rise and fall of Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes.

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On our bookshelf

Bernard Kotze
A Historical past of the World
by Andrew Marr

Actually the one guide I’ve learn this yr and I haven’t even completed it. I’ve actually loved the elements I’ve learn although.

Ferial Haffajee
I learn a fantastic deal however the guide Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has stayed with me for the richness of the characters and the sketch of place. I do know I used to be late to it, however the yr gave me a possibility to learn books I’d been piling up.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee
Alain de Botton’s College of Life.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. The Mind: The story of you by David Eagleman. Concerning the Ache of Others by Susan Sontag. Sontag: Her life and work by Benjamin Moser. 

All these books and plenty of extra have been learn or re-read for analysis functions however I extremely advocate studying them for those who haven’t already as a result of all of them have one factor in frequent: reminiscent of a time of true storytelling, uncooked emotion, factual data, empathy and personhood.

Non-fiction: For the Document by Anton Harber. It’s onerous to place down this riveting and revealing guide – which is an account by an investigative journalist who turns his muckraking eye to house turf, ethics and the media throughout a time of State Seize in SA. It must be obligatory studying for all journalists and journalism college students. However it is usually related to most of the people, and really readable too.

Janet Heard
Novel: Atonement by Ian McEwan – I lastly obtained to learn this guide, and it didn’t disappoint; a great choice for a lockdown learn.

John Stupart
Journey Mild, Transfer Quick
by Alexandra Fuller

A fast learn for poolside literature. Fuller is a dry, witty author who has refined darkish humour to a honed level. On this guide she displays on her father’s life as a banana farmer in Zambia and Zimbabwe. You’ll be able to learn this in a single or two sittings.

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

This one you can not learn in a single or two sittings. It’s a 14-book sequence and is extremely dense. That mentioned, affected person readers are rewarded with a fantasy world wealthy in historical past and an array of characters I’ve by no means skilled within the style earlier than. If Conflict & Peace went to Center Earth, you’d have the Wheel of Time.

There’s additionally a sequence popping out primarily based on the books, so these of you who loved Sport of Thrones might need to get a head begin on this, so you may sound cool in entrance of your mates afterward.

Marushka Stipinovich
The 12 months of Magical Considering
by Joan Didion. “Life adjustments quick. Life adjustments within the on the spot. You sit all the way down to dinner and life as you realize it ends.” The inimitable Joan Didion carries one by heartbreak and the lack of somebody dearly beloved. This yr, greater than ever, the phrases resonate throughout many ranges of how life adjustments with the blink of an eye fixed and the aftermath of grief and surviving it.

Nicole Williamson
Untamed
by Glennon Doyle. You probably have ever struggled with low vanity, insecurities or issue in trusting and believing in your self, this guide will change your life. I discovered myself nodding in settlement as I learn every web page and gasping in disbelief that another person might describe feelings I’ve felt with such understanding. Doyle’s account of her battle with nervousness and unhealthy coping mechanisms is uncooked, sincere, actual and… untamed.

Pauli van Wyk
Soiled Tobacco
by Telita Snyckers

Evan Ratliff’s investigative journalism guide a few South African prison, Paul le Roux – The Mastermind. Medicine. Empire. Homicide. Betrayal.

Patric Tariq Mellet – The Lie of 1652: Decolonised Historical past of Land.

I’m now busy with my first fiction shortly, Deon Meyer’s Donkerdrif. Can’t. Put. It. Down.

Rebecca Davis
My stand-out learn this yr was Kiley Reid’s Such A Enjoyable Age. Essentially the most skillful skewering of white liberals I’ve ever encountered – I used to be cringing in self-recognition.

Styli Charalambous
No Guidelines Guidelines: Netflix and the Tradition of Reinvention
by Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings. Revolutionary corporations are constructed on foundations of a tradition of excellence and buyer focus. This guide shares the stunning methods Hastings employs to get the very best out of the very best.

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Small display

Bernard Kotze
Arrested Growth
– in relation to US politics in 2020.

Ferial Haffajee
With out Netflix, I’m not certain how we’d have gotten by lockdown.  It saved us knowledgeable (glorious documentaries on the histories of pandemics and fast takes on Covid) and entertained (Narcos, Queen Sono, Kings of Jo’Burg).

Schitt’s Creek – it was the antidote to 2020. Slapstick, heat, loopy, social and never one thing I might often watch.

If there’s a set of documentaries that actually resonated, it was Ava DuVernay’s majestic 13th and When They See Us.  The previous brilliantly linked slavery to incarceration and the Black Lives Matter motion. The latter is prone to develop into an epochal movie (or sequence) concerning the American civil rights motion.

Then Michelle Obama’s Turning into, the movie concerning the tour of her guide of the identical title, was an insider perspective of this phenomenal girl.  The three collectively made black lives matter.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee
Mrs America
. Just because I believe it was a reminder of how feminism hasn’t truly come so far as we predict it has.

Janet Heard
Browsing doccies, to maintain a steadiness and perspective. Unnur by Chris Burkard (Iceland) – a delicate, feel-good surf movie with a distinction (it has a significant narrative).

Adapt? by Kyle Buthman (US, a dystopian takeout throughout Covid, a three min shortie).

John Stupart
Bruce Gold: The Final of the Nice Browsing Hippies
– (rewatched this throughout lockdown, to make me smile).

Chernobyl involves thoughts. That, and for the exact opposite, Totoro 1 is a superb escape from the fact of our yr.

This yr we binged the massive trilogies: The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, The Matrix. That final sequence in all probability has the best bearing on 2020.

Pauli van Wyk
Not a lot of a TV-watcher, however do take pleasure in Netflix sequence Soiled Cash – investigative journalists company crimes. Proper up my alley!

Diana Neille and Richard Poplak’s Affect is the very best documentary I’ve seen in a very long time.

Rebecca Davis
The trashy however riveting Netflix actuality present Love Is Blind, which got here out in February, and which featured strangers attending to know one another from inside particular person ‘pods’ they couldn’t go away. Speak about foreshadowing.

Styli Charalambous
The Queen’s Gambit
. Trauma, setbacks, expertise, teamwork and surprising wins. DM/ML

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