PICTURE: SUPPLIED In May 1993 my friend Saul Molobi took me and Lucky Mosia — both of us still newish to the bright lights of Jo’burg — to see the great Vusi Mahlasela playing at the popular Tandoor in Yeoville. Nearly three decades after he started recording his gentle and evocative sounds, Mahlasela is still the original SA folk music hero.The gig was wild. Yeoville was a hippy enclave then, and Tandoor was the place of worship.The shadow of apartheid was lifting. A new country was being born.The mood was optimistic. The following year we would have elections. In that cramped space in Yeoville that evening, blacks and whites who had fought against apartheid whooped and hollered and enjoyed a great evening of music. In the early hours we spilled out into the streets and made our way home.The best thing to do after a night out like this, said Saul, was to get a shawarma. And so he took us to the Nedbank Building in Hillbrow where we walked up the steps to Mi-Vami, a Mediterranean re...

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