Amy Winehouse | Love is a losing game

UbuntuFM | Amy Winehouse

#Feedback #Jazz Amy Winehouse

Reflections on a Jazz revelation. I never latched on to Amy Winehouse when she was still alive. I thought she was hyped too much at the time. Her music was too subtle to reach me thru the noise of the crowd.

Amy’s music is personal to the extreme. She lived the life she expressed in her songs. Her inner eye recorded all her feelings and emotions which she put into poetry, the lyrics of her songs.

Jazz was the vehicle, the means, the meme, to carry and translate the subtleties of her thoughts and feelings into music. It could only have been Jazz. No other genre could have encompassed her talent and

Re-think Global Warming

UbuntuFM | Re-think Global Warming

#Feedback #Society #GlobalWarming #Politics #Humanity #Economy

Are we able to rethink ourselves?The global warming debate keeps on popping in and out of our news headlines. It involves us all, yet not all of us are involved. Why?

Scientists are just like ordinary people. They have dreams, ambitions, and nightmares. They have strength of character and character flaws. Scientists seek the truth, yearn for it, and yet they do lie. Scientists can be spot on and totally beyond the point. So is science.

Science is a reflection, a recollection, and a repository of the collective effort of humanity in its exploration and

Mandela | The Legacy

Mandela | The Legacy | Pres. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

#Feedback #People #Ubuntu Nelson Mandela

A shrewd politician or a visionary or both? As with most larger-than-life figures Pres. Nelson Mandela was controversial. We know of his achievements and follies. But what is his legacy? What will he be best remembered for?

Nelson Mandela had a brief membership in the South African Communist Party and a long-term alliance thereafter with the Communist Party. He was at varying times a black nationalist and a non-racialist, an opponent of armed struggle and an advocate of violence, a hothead and the calmest man in the room, a consumer of Marxist tracts and an admirer of Western democracy, a close partner of Communists

The Fourth Estate

UbuntuFM | The Fourth Estate: on the signficance of journalism

#Feedback #Society #Journalism #FakeNews

On the role of journalism: facts vs. fake newsThe Fourth Estate, mostly referred to as ‘the press’, is the guardian of veritas and has a special obligation as such when compared to ‘bloggers’. Let’s discuss why it matters and why it has this in fact an extremely important role to fulfil.

The term ‘Fourth Estate’ makes implicit reference to the earlier historical division of the Three Estates of the Realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The equivalent term ‘fourth power’, used in many European languages as it historically belongs to European constitutional lore dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, refers to the separation of powers into legislative, executive

The Global War on Humanity

UbuntuFM The Global War on Humanity

#Feedback #Society #Power George Orwell 1984

A brave new worldThe COVID drama that has been unfolding across the globe over the last six months marks the start of a new era, the global war on humanity. Here’s why.

Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation

UbuntuFM | Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation by Mamphela Ramphele

#Feedback #Society #Africa #SouthAfrica

By Dr. Mamphela RampheleIt has taken a tiny organism, SARS-CoV-2, to get even the most conservative traditionalists to accept that state institutions are essential to mobilizing national resources to protect and promote the common good. The fragilities of neoliberal economics have been laid bare.

Institutional capacity in public health care systems, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies, as well as the capacity of the state to commandeer production of essential goods and services, have become decisive interventions in this pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose conservative government had for years underfunded the public sector, confirmed this unequivocally when he

Damian Marley | R&B gems

UbuntuFM | Damian Marley | R&B gems

#Feedback #RnB #HipHop #Reggae #DanceHall Damian Marley

A collection of collaborative R&B gemsDamian Marley is the most versatile and prolific of the Marley family. He bridged the gap between conscious Reggae and Hip-Hop/R&B.

Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley, born July 21, 1978, is a Jamaican Reggae recording artist. Damian is the youngest son of Bob Marley. Damian's nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13. 

Damian Marley has released 4 solo studio albums so far:

  • Mr. Marley (1996)
  • Halfway Tree (2001)
  • Welcome To Jamrock

"I Love You": a bedtime story

Michelangelo | The Creation Of Adam

#Feedback #Life #Love #Humanity Jimi Hendrix

People are capable of love many times over during their lifetime. We are capable of (re-)connecting to a fellow human being in a variety of ways, all of which are good if we are also allowed to disconnect. For all the Lovers...

The Prince of Music

Prince | The Prince of Music | Image credit: USA Today

#Feedback #People Prince

Reflections on the artist formerly known as PrinceI think I must have been 15,16 years of age when Prince’s music entered my life. His music came on a cassette tape a friend gave to me. “Hey man, listen to this!!” So I did. And so did the music enter my mind and opened up doors that would never close again.

The doors I subsequently entered would alter my state of being. The music I experienced set me on a journey of exploration. An exploration of music and of the soul. I would become aware of my surroundings in a totally different manner.

Thus far I had had a keen interest in music. Somehow. My family has somewhat of a musical tradition, that somehow skipped a generation with my parents. I blame