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How Sam Mathe's love of jazz inspired his 'group portraits' of great SA musicians

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From Kippie to Kippies and Beyond: Group Portraits of SA Jazz, Folk and Pop Artists by Sam Mathe. (Themba Books)
From Kippie to Kippies and Beyond: Group Portraits of SA Jazz, Folk and Pop Artists by Sam Mathe. (Themba Books)

BOOK: From Kippie to Kippies and Beyond: Group Portraits of SA Jazz, Folk and Pop Artists by Sam Mathe. (Themba Books)

Award-winning journalist Sam Mathe had an interest in music, especially jazz, from childhood. He recently produced and self-published an encyclopaedic tome on South African music, From Kippie to Kippies and Beyond: Group Portraits of SA Jazz, Folk and Pop Artists (Themba Books), which had just gone into a second, updated and expanded edition when we met to talk about this work, the origins of which stretch back a long way.

Professor Njabulo Ndebele praised the book's "authoritative range", seeing it as an "affirming addition to the evolving contemporary archive of a people on the rise after a history of great pain".

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