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About struandouglas

Struan was born in Umhlanga Rocks Kwa Zulu Natal to Tessa and Robert Douglas in 1976. After graduating from UCT (University of Cape Town South Africa) with honours in religion and philosophy, Struan worked as a freelance journalist contributing to a variety of publications and radio stations as feature writer and columnist. He is also a self publisher, book editor and author. He returned to study music and music performance. And plays trumpet.

South African Music Rights unravelled in Noseweek



SAMRO are having to let junior level staff go. This can also be understood as positive for the industry as SAMRO operate at over 20% costs which is double global standard. Added to that they have many junior level staff, noted by the resignation of the previous CEO.

Government needs to regulate SAMRO and ensure their membership hierarchy and the 4.6 million times payment difference between top and bottom earner is legitimate. And it needs to be assessed whether the fact that only the board chooses full members has resulted in favouritism in accounting and payment.

What are the monitoring and what are the payment systems?

There is no oversite or regulation at SAMRO, so it cannot be certain which royalty payments are monitored accurately and which are simply lumped into an aggregate assessment where “market share” rather than plays is the basis for apportionment.

This is a ready and obvious reason for the destruction of African music. The individual writer cannot compete with the aggregator.

The solution to this crisis is education, know-how, oversite and regulation.

In the following article first published in Noseweek the “historical legacy issue” of charging for works in the public domain is brought into light. This has been a double edged sword for the industry for more than 55 years re-apportioning both SAMRO clients fees and members royalties according to a “rule.”

The Story of South African Jazz Volume Two

Join the launch events of Story of the Story of SA Jazz to take place in December 2019.
This is a timeous period and what the research in the book describes as “the peak of the 5th ray of SA Jazz.”
This crowdfunding campaign has value to all aspects of arts and culture. Access thundafund campaign here

Exhibition: a number of photographers have donated limited edition images to the campaign. Above is the limited edition poster that accompanies the Soul Jazz Man Reward
Education: The book is built on an archive of interviews and research that expose the power of mentorship in learning https://afribeat.com/sajazz/series/jazzarchive.htm
Know How: This book shares learnings and discovery in the nitty gritty aspects of the music rights business and digital economy.
Event: The crowdfunding campaign is to unleash a series of events, thank BASA and ANFASA for their support in this initiative and bring together multiple generations of practitioners.
All support of this work is much appreciated.

Peter Magubane’s Midas Touch

The unfolding story of photographer Peter MagubaneI first met Peter Magubane on his 84th birthday. Although I was half his age, we were both mentored by the same man, the late Jim Bailey.

For Peter it was 1949 when as a 17 year old he had left school early to get into the ranks of Drum. He started as Bailey’s driver and in typical fashion the eccentric Drum owner and publisher Bailey, only 32 years old at the time assisted Magubane in his emergence as a photographer.

I met Jim Bailey two years before his death in 2000 at the age of 80. I was 19 years old and both his driver and friend. Bailey impressed a love of the country and her people on me and channeled me towards writing.  

Bailey a fighter pilot in World War 2 had found his own transformation in the speak-easy’s or shebeens as they were called of South Africa. He used his wealth and position to purchase Drum magazine from a South African fast bowler and transform it into a liberated gathering of unique people. Met up against the fascism of apartheid, Can Themba in reference to Dickens called this Drum era of South Africa, “the best of times, the worst of times.”

Yet the era produced the iconic work that has never been matched. Lewis Nkosi later reflected on the inspiration as “where the now is all there is.”

To the Peace on Earth launch

Greetings all friends of Music of South Africa’s Freedom Era. The launch edition of To the Peace on Earth an independently produced book on the life and death of the music of the freedom era around 2000AD is now available :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/afribeat/albums/72157708780056596

Launch Images from around the country :

Print Copies supplied on Demand : LULU 

Digital copies : Amazon Kindle 

Digital Epub : Kobo

Also available ibook : Apple ibooks

Contact strubuntu@gmail.com

Media location Blog:

Live Podcast of Joburg launch:

Video overview of Durban launch:

Carol Martin’s Book Review:

afribeat.com Book Research:

RS Douglas : Obituary

The end of an era: A tribute to RS Douglas 17.02.1936 – 09.01.2018

Our father was born in East London in the Eastern Cape. At the age of 3 he became the man of the home when his father went to war and his only brother Malcolm was born.

RS Douglas 17.02.1936 – 09.01.2019

He attended Selbourne pre-primary and College in East London, completed a BA at UCT and Law at Rhodes. Like his famous grandfather’s, the Reverend R.B Douglas on his father’s side and the Reverend William Shaw on his mother’s side he was a great orator and wordsmith.

He was part of the Natal legal fraternity; an advocate registered at the B.A.R and he took silk and Senior Council from the late 80s onwards.

At the age of 23 he began his family life in Umhlanga Rocks, taking residence in Chartwell Drive and Ridge Road.  From 1969 he was on the Umhlanga Rocks Town board, becoming a councillor and eventually mayor in 1976. He stood for the PFP and came 3rd in the elections to Helen Suzman and Colin Egland.

He was a very keen jogger and developed lifelong friendships with fellow joggers Judge John Broom and Jenny and Ernie Keun, Nobby Clarke amongst others. He won medals in two Comrades marathons and a Two Oceans. Yet he was modest to the last and his achievements were nothing compared to the pride and joy he took in his children. We had the best upbringing imaginable with plenty of outdoor activities and sporting endeavours.

He is survived by his four children; Nicci the fine-artist, Ross the international fair producer, Angus, actor and writer, Struan, writer and musician. As a father he valued and supported each of his children’s lives no matter how different and divergent they were from his. Before he died he left two important commands : “I want you all to come together.” 

Friends and relatives sent heart-felt condolences and thanked him for his honour, his efforts in making a difference, his captivating story-telling and unconditional love.

“The good news is Bob (as he was affectionately known) is lacing up his shoes and joining his mates where the marathons are timeless and braai’s endless.”

Listen here to the DADDABOY song