A few weeks ago I read an article entitled "The Rise and Fall of the Obscure Music Download Blog" at The Awl. I shared this with the electricjive team to stimulate dialogue about how we feel going into the new year and some of the challenges and opportunities ahead. From my side I want to say thank you to Chris, Siemon and Nick for the incredible music, detailed contexts and dedication to keeping this blog the key resource for out of print and archival recordings of South African music. And to our readers thank you for your comments and input - it makes a huge difference when you leave comments.
You might read into this personal reflection a wavering of purpose but it is safe to say that from my perspective there are still many many recordings and perspectives that have yet to be uncovered and shared. I do hope that 2013 will bring some different projects to light. I am preparing the Sathima Bea Benjamin recording for reissue as well as some new ideas associated with the As-shams/Sun archives.
I am keeping the faith (to borrow the Northern Soul mantra) and I know the others are too...the question for me is whether you as our readers and enthusiasts share the same feeling. I'll leave it there for today, my personal message is over. Looking forward to your thoughts, comments and observations.