I have just returned home from a couple of weeks in Cape Town, not a holiday, but a research-trip related to the Leverhulme project on The Urbanization of Responsibility. An exercise in ‘learning from another region’, that’s how I would characterise it. Anyway, one of the things that happens when I am in South Africa is that I find myself needing to buy something, anything, to listen to, while working and/or driving. As a result, over the years, I have collected an odd assortment of CDs, which have become indelibly connected to South Africa by virtue of being the only thing I had to listen to for weeks or even months on end. So here is my Top 10 “Random songs that I have collected on trips to South Africa”, in no particular order, and with nothing else in common at all:
1). H.W.C. – Liz Phair.
2). Free Nelson Mandela – Special AKA.
3). Rudy – Supertramp.
4). Get on the Good Foot – James Brown.
5). Big Jet Plane – Primal Scream.
6). Nkalakatha – Mandoza.
7). Mr. Soul – Buffulo Springfield.
8). Sindiza Ngecadilacs – Miriam Makeba and the Skylarks.
9). No More Lonely Nights – The Heads.
10). Ndlovu Iyangena – Tokolo.