WE GO AGAIN
KEVIN MCCALLUM: When James Small was in the room, the big wheel turned
The maverick rugby player was SA’s rock star, yet a kind and generous man — and he knew how to make an entrance
On the bus to Ellis Park on June 24 1995, James Small put in his earphones and pushed play on his Walkman. Hymn of the Big Wheel is the last song on the 1991 album Blue Lines by Massive Attack.
The song slid through Small’s head, the slow beat, the joyful pain of Andy Horace’s voice and the backing vocals by Neneh Cherry flowing into his heart and soul.