I created a playlist a couple of years ago, to collect a series of 70s and 80s re-edits emailed to me in draft form for my feedback. One of the tracks arrived by way of reply to an email I’d sent with a gift of remastered music files, the source material for the re-edit. This was how it was with me and Masimba Kadzirange, Grandmaster DJ Son Of S.O.U.L., Source of Undying Love. For me it was an acknowledgement: among circles which intersected and didn’t in our brief friendship, we had this. A man of extraordinary musical gifts, recollection, insight, technique and experience, he included me among those trusted folks from whom he sought an opinion and whose musical values were understood and shared. I’m honoured by that fact.
It’s been one month since he left us suddenly. I’m grateful to have shared in the wonderful human being he was, while part of me remembers not taking up his invitation to “come through one time” to a recent series of club nights he was putting on only a ten-minute walk from my home. I was too tired from my job or busy tending to the bedtimes and wakeups of our small children. Every time I did get to hear him spin and cut — always with turntables, music on vinyl and no software — I was astounded by his musicality and brought to my feet to dance and sing along.
Masimba made a tremendous impact in his community. He was loved. He will be missed in person, though his memory will continue to be celebrated by those who knew him, and through the music that was a central part of his own celebration of life.
“Pardon the delayed response my brother. You all will see me soon.”
John Adams, The Gospel According to the Other Mary – Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, Gustavo Dudamel
John Luther Adams, Become Ocean – Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot
D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah
Morton Feldman, String Quartet No. 1 – FLUX Quartet
Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!
Philip Glass, The Complete Piano Etudes – Maki Namekawa
Meredith Monk, Piano Songs – Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker
Laura Mvula, With Metropole Orkest Conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios
Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite – Jonny Greenwood, Vicky Chow, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson
Ann Southam, Glass Houses Vol. 2 – Christina Petrowska Quilico
tuku, moonday sessions:the black
Herbie Hancock, The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 (rel. late 2013)
Odyssey, Happy Together (Expanded Edition)
Sly Stone & various artists, I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970