Tuesday, December 19, 2006

RIP Taliep Peterson

For those who didn't hear, Taliep Peterson was murdered in his home this past Saturday. Apparently, police are declaring it was an orchestrated hit, rather than a random act of violence following a home robbery.

If you haven't heard of him, Taliep was one of the greatest composers of musical theatre - a Cape Town based musician who brought in styles like the ghoema into his compositions, and collaborated with David Kramer.

I've only had the pleasure of hearing one of his full-length albums, Deur Dik & Dun, but it showcases a brilliant artist who writes beautiful, fun music.

This is the second major musical loss this year in South Africa to murder. Saxophonist Moses Khumalo, one of the bright young stars of South African jazz, was killed earlier this year.


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