"The way we speak is so reflective of our fused culture. It’s the same Afrikaans and English as everyone else, but it’s just different when coloured people speak it. AmaSwati have isiSwati and the French have French. As coloured people, we have our language and our music (among other things). There’s a sound that resonates with us. It’s a gospel harmony. The magic is in the chord progression. I can’t even put my finger on what it is but it reminds us that we’re with our people; that we’re home. Whether in Mitchells Plain or Australia, that music is universal for coloured people.
My dad started a gospel band and I’d jam on my plastic guitar while they jammed. You see, no matter what, music is part of being coloured. It’s part of our heritage.
As a South African Jazz musician, I’m very conscious of where my musical culture has come from. We have our own music theories, background and heritage; we don’t need to look across the world for inspiration. Instead of taking influence from the world, I want to take my influence to the world." We all have a heritage, a culture, a story and these stories make us South African. This Heritage month discover the stories from different South Africans and celebrate the uniqueness in each and every one of us. #WeAreZA
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