Last week I had the privilege of watching a dress rehearsal for RMB Starlight Classics — a South African arts fixture that, as readers of this column will know, I can’t recommend highly enough. I shared the occasion with a few thousand other people; such is the renown of Starlight Classics that even tickets to dress rehearsals are highly prized.

Of course, there were the usual musical thrills, the genre crossover magic, the singing talent, the big orchestra, the lights, and bells and whistles. But this being a dress rehearsal, there were also a handful of glitches. A few seconds of dead air here and there. Famous MCs fluffing their lines. A video feed cutting out...

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