Vox pops: September Jive


Cue reporter Mandisa Mpulo asked a few people about their top 3 South African albums or artists at September Jive, a display of 150 of the most interesting, important and beautiful sleeve covers. Read more about the exhibit here.

Professor Robert van Niekerk (Head, Institute of Social and Economic Research)

  • Winston Mankunku Ngozi – “Yakhal’Inkomo”
  • Johnny Dyani – “Song for Biko”
  • The Blue Notes – “Blue notes for Mongezi”


Hombisa Saliwa (Plantation Manager)

  1. Lebo Sekgobela – “Lion of Judah”
  2. Nqubeko Mbatha – “Heaven’s Ways”
  3. Sifiso Ncwane – “Wethembekile Baba”


Cathy Bennie (Finance Manager)

  1. Solomon Linder – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
  2. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Homeless”
  3. Johnny Clegg – “Scatterlings of Africa”


Sue Bennie (HR Learning and Development Consultant)

  1. Mandoza – “Nkalakatha”
  2. Johnny Clegg – “Impi”
  3. Mango Groove – “Dance Some More”


Muhammad Dawjee (Saxophonist of Kinsmen at the Festival’s Fringe)

  1. Abdullah Ibrahim – “Mannenburg”
  2. Abdullah Ibrahim – “Woza Mntwana”
  3. Kyle Shepherd – “Hannover Park”



Natasha Laurent (Architect)

  • Carlo Mombelli – “Songs for Sandra”
  • Miriam Makeba – “Aluta Continua”
  • Mango Groove – “Dance Some More”


Orla Quinlan (Left – Director of the International Office at Rhodes University)

  • Hugh Masekela is a big artist for me. We had exposure to him. We heard him and Miriam Makeba. Because I wasn’t growing up here and it was the exiled musicians who actually brought South African music into that sphere.
  • If you move into the more contemporary – Paul Simon and “Graceland” – that’s where I would have first got exposed to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • But since I’ve been in South Africa, I’ve become familiar with Abdullah Ibrahim again because my partner, who is a big collector – and I, were based in Cape Town, so I’m thinking of Mannenburg and all of that. As you live in places, you become familiar with all of these different musicians and then of course there’s endless South African music that I’m familiar with but I wouldn’t have known who they were exactly they were.

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Friends Narissa Govender (Student) and Nia van Niekerk (Right) couldn’t think of 3 South African albums or artists to mention when asked on the spot but gave thoughts on vinyl .

  • Narissa Govender (University student)

Listens to music on her phone. “The exhibition was enlightening. You don’t really realise the history of South African music, you’re not really exposed to it so this was really eye-opening, I thought.

  • Nia van Niekerk – (High school student)

My dad loves vinyl so I grew up with it. I really did like this exhibition. I thought the displays were beautiful and I thought this sort of informal tour was also quite good because it was more intimate. I did really like this.