Long Read | Drunken piper – Spokes Mashiyane’s pennywhistle knew no bounds
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Arts, Culture and Sport Long Read | Drunken piper – Spokes Mashiyane’s pennywhistle knew no bounds

Kwela pennywhistler Johannes “Spokes” Mashiyane (1933-1972) is one of the most influential names in African music. Sitting atop the loose genealogy of South African movements from kwela and mbaqanga to kwaito and amapiano, Mashiyane is also an old head in the township music renaissance of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho and other scenes.