Were it not for a chance remark by a friend, pointing out that world-renowned multi-instrumentalist Pops Mohamed was performing at a "new Ethiopian restaurant" down the road, I still wouldn’t have discovered Queen Sheba. Given that Norwood is one of the suburbs I enjoy hanging out in, I must have driven past the restaurant a number of times in the past without noticing it. And, contrary to what my friend said, it is not new at all — it has been around for three years. But at any rate, the mention of Pops performing there convinced me to pay the place a visit, and my good friend Mzabalazo Masondo tagged along. The place was packed when we arrived, but the friend who’d alerted us to the performance had reserved a table for us. Before we sat down, the waitress suggested we order drinks right away, as the performance was about to begin. It was a heart-warming moment to see Pops in performance after so many years. He’s still as adventurous as ever. The last time I saw him he was playing ...

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