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Playlist of the Month from the Hidden Years Music Archive

Our sound archivist, Pakama Ncume, has selected the featured playlist of the month. Listen to it here.

A Ben Segal Compilation


Listening to this playlist, it’s interesting how it prompts a kind of nostalgia, feelings of being brought back to the world that one would think is past. I found myself sinking through my memories and going back in time, back to my high school days. As teenagers fantasizing about a ‘perfect’ romantic world, Mills and Boon and ‘ballads’ were a great combination. The first thing that comes to my mind is not only the events of the time but what we called ‘music books’ that were central to our teenage years. I cannot stop but reminisce about the passion and effort that went into writing and owning one of those books. We spent so much time trying to listen to the songs in languages that were ‘foreign’ to us and writing the song lyrics in our ‘music books’. We collected pictures of the artists and pasted them next to the songs, we made them beautiful. You can imagine the results…errors and all, it never deterred us but it helped us to learn the languages and improve in most cases. We were not really clued-up about the syntax and the semantics of these languages. We wrote and read them our way, just as we heard them. This reminds me of Keith Richards’s quote “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” Music was the only language we spoke and it had the power to connect us with worlds we didn’t know existed.


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For more information about the Ben Segal mix-tape collection preserved in the Hidden Years Music Archive please see the link below

Dancing in the Dust: The Mix-Tape Collection of Ben Segal

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