Pride of Lionsby Ts'eliso Monaheng / 30.10.2013
The jump-off on the other side of town wasn’t picking up momentum, so a soldier in arms and myself decided to head back to the centre for a show which held the promise of being a return to a childhood spent listening to roots reggae music on the radio – at least for myself. Senzo, Colbert Mukwevho, and Alpha Blondy received as much airtime during those heady days as Tosh, Marley, and Burning Spear.
Mukwevho’s Jozi leg of his Lion & Son o’ Lion tour was at once a return to my childhood and a glimpse into the future – the latter through the reggae/hip-hop excursions of his son P. Postman, and the post-soul riffings of his other son Junior. Nkulee Dube and Kenny Murabi also made an appearance.
When he came on stage, spliff in hand, the eyes of a sold-out audience rested solely on him and his backing band (which includes his wife and daughter as back-up vocalists), daddy Harley (from ‘Harley and the Rasta Family’, his band) expertly employed show-stopping tactics which ensured that, two hours into his set, people were still as enthusiastically receptive of his music as when he made that grand entrance.
The free jazz mastermind Sun Ra’s words reverberate repeatedly throughout the City of Gold’s high-rise buildings and open-plain settlements. There are, indeed, worlds they have not told you about; there are unexplored spaces and unacknowledged ideas floating about, concealed and ubiquitous all at once. Colbert Mukwevho’s performance advanced that idea, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it!
* All images © Ts’eliso Monaheng