January 27, 2015

mabi thobejane

Filed under: derek davey — ABRAXAS @ 1:21 pm


took this shot at a Madala Kunene gig on Friday night. The drummer is Mabi Thobejane .. very shamanistic dude!

the venue is African Freedom Station .. nice mix of folk of all colour .. I guess music is the best way for people to forget
their backgrounds ..

I like the mix of emotions and attention in this shot ..

derek davey

the necrologist

Filed under: kagastories — ABRAXAS @ 12:31 pm


keep reading this story here: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue26/FICTION-KAGANOF-26.HTML

balancing the archetypes

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Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 10:49 am

Sound Cloud 2 tracks FREE AS SOUND / ZIMUNGU

with: Pat Matshikiza – Piano Vocals & Grunts / Kevin Gibson & Lulu Gontsana (RIP) – Drums / Zim Ngqawana (RIP) – Sax / Victor Masondo – Bass / Johnny Mekoa – Trumpet.

Recorded in the 3rd Ear / Tusk Music Mobile in Durban by David Marks & Produced by Darius Brubeck,


PAT VUYISILE MATSHIKIZA – (20.11.1938 – 29.12.2014) RIP. Sad to open 2015 with the news that another obscure SAfrican musician friend and legendary jazz pianist has departed into the great unknown, and, unheard of within the confines of our shallow commercial music media mainstream. Pat was an iconic, hidden living treasure. One of South Africa’s jazz greats he was part of a music family dynasty: son of pianist Meekly Matshikiza, nephew to Uncle Todd ‘King Kong’ Matshikiza and cousin to the late John Matshikiza (author & Journalist)from Queenstown, Eastern Cape. 3rd Ear Music suspects that in 2015 the music media and the commercial record industry pack will fall over themselves to look, learn and listen to what Pat Mat The Hat was about; too little too late, again. He was extraordinary – that’s who and what Pat was – and you have only yourselves to blame for missing one of SAfrica’s legendary and colourful jazz musician characters. These 2 tracks were part of a 10 track recording session on the 5th November 1990 and were never issued: FREE AS SOUND / ZIMUNGU featured Pat Matshikiza – Piano Vocals & Grunts / Kevin Gibson & Lulu Gontsana (RIP) – Drums / Zim Ngqawana (RIP) – Sax / Victor Masondo – Bass / Johnny Mekoa – Trumpet. Recorded in the 3rd Ear / Tusk Music Mobile in Durban by David Marks & Produced by Darius Brubeck, and re-mastered in 2006 by David from a VHS PCM Audio tape. HY ARCHIVE AUDIO CDR ONLY – NOT FINALIZED (p)(c) 1990 – 2014.

as is live in blah blah

Filed under: Manfred Zylla,niklas zimmer — ABRAXAS @ 10:21 am


The Lake Isle of Innisfree By William Butler Yeats

Filed under: poetry — ABRAXAS @ 10:02 am

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

chris hedges on the culture of war

Filed under: philosophy,politics — ABRAXAS @ 9:53 am

The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It belittles those who do not exhibit the warrior’s “manly” virtues. It places a premium on obedience and loyalty. It punishes those who engage in independent thought and demands total conformity. It elevates cruelty and killing to a virtue. This culture, once it infects wider society, destroys all that makes the heights of human civilization and democracy possible. The capacity for empathy, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding, the tolerance and respect for difference and even love are ruthlessly crushed. The innate barbarity that war and violence breed is justified by a saccharine sentimentality about the nation, the flag and a perverted Christianity that blesses its armed crusaders. This sentimentality, as Baldwin wrote, masks a terrifying numbness. It fosters an unchecked narcissism. Facts and historical truths, when they do not fit into the mythic vision of the nation and the tribe, are discarded. Dissent becomes treason. All opponents are godless and subhuman. “American Sniper” caters to a deep sickness rippling through our society. It holds up the dangerous belief that we can recover our equilibrium and our lost glory by embracing an American fascism.

keep reading here: http://www.truthdig.com/report/page3/killing_ragheads_for_jesus_20150125


Filed under: i&I younity movement,philosophy — ABRAXAS @ 9:33 am


I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he siimplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

January 26, 2015

wasted! (naar de klote)

Filed under: 1996 - wasted! (naar de klote!) — ABRAXAS @ 11:21 pm


download free here: http://ahapic.com/image/qim

mary corrigall’s best of 2014

Filed under: art,mary corrigall — ABRAXAS @ 10:23 pm

first published here: http://corrigall.blogspot.com/2015/01/best-of-2014.html

night is coming – best of 2014

Filed under: 2014 - Marikana Symphony,mary corrigall — ABRAXAS @ 8:15 pm

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full list is published here: http://corrigall.blogspot.com/2015/01/best-of-2014.html

January 23, 2015

the ontological flaw

Filed under: andile mngxitama,athi mongezeleli joja,philosophy,politics — ABRAXAS @ 10:36 am

“In the weltanschauung of the colonised people, there is an impurity or a flaw that prohibits any ontological explanation. Perhaps it can be argued that this is true for every individual, but such an argument would be concealing the basic problem. Ontology does not help us to understand the being of the black man, since it ignores the lived experience of the black man. For not only must the black man be black; he must be black in relation to the white man. Some people will argue that the situation has a double meaning. Not at all. The black man has no ontological existence in the eyes of the white man. From one day to the next, the Blacks have had to deal with two systems of reference. Their metaphysics, or less pretentiously their customs and agencies to which they refer, were abolished because they were in contradiction with a new civilisation that imposed its own.”
FRANTZ FANON – black skins white masks (1967)

the necrologist is coming…

Filed under: kagastories — ABRAXAS @ 9:07 am


January 22, 2015

professor steven jones on what really happened at 9/11

Filed under: politics — ABRAXAS @ 12:29 pm

welcome back to school card for Mrs Theron (grade 2 teacher)

Filed under: art,caelan — ABRAXAS @ 9:28 am

koki on shiny coated paper
21 january 2014

January 21, 2015

beware of the white man

Filed under: andile mngxitama,music,politics — ABRAXAS @ 8:07 pm

January 19, 2015

threnody for the victims of marikana

Filed under: 2014 - Marikana Symphony — ABRAXAS @ 3:59 pm


January 17, 2015

this is africa top 100 books published between 2010 and 2014

Filed under: literature — ABRAXAS @ 1:09 pm

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keep reading this list here: http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/tia-100-best-books-2010-2014/

adults only – best of 2014

Filed under: literature — ABRAXAS @ 1:05 pm

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the full list is here: http://karinamagdalena.com/2015/01/04/even-better-best-of-second-half-of-2014-book-giveaway/

the hauntology of a solipsist

Filed under: kagapoems — ABRAXAS @ 9:21 am

haunted by the image
of an image of a haunting
reflected back at me through
a two-way mirror called consciousness

i became the thing it was i was reflecting on
a disappearing act
called death
where and
time and
space collided
again and i was by

an image haunted

January 16, 2015

another da development…

Filed under: politics — ABRAXAS @ 11:08 am


Filed under: registered — ABRAXAS @ 10:57 am


greyton crime update

Filed under: Greyton 7233 — ABRAXAS @ 10:54 am


nagmusiek @woordfees

Filed under: stephanus muller — ABRAXAS @ 10:01 am

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more infor here: http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/01/15/alles-wat-jy-moet-weet-omtrent-die-skrywersfees-by-woordfees-2015/

January 14, 2015

greyton, 11 january 2015

Filed under: barking up the wrong tree,Greyton 7233 — ABRAXAS @ 9:57 pm


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