South Africa, Maverick Life

Podcast: Hilton Schilder’s Catheter Symphony 

By Sound Africa 5 January 2017

In this Sound Africa podcast we follow colourful pianist and composer Hilton Schilder, a familiar name in Cape Town jazz circles. Hospital bed compositions and irreverent humour help this colourful and quintessentially Capetonian artist get through the hard times. By SOUND AFRICA.

As in any fight for liberation, music was put to the service of the anti-apartheid movement. The struggle catapulted to the front the finest of its generation. It made martyrs, but it also made great musicians who helped galvanise a generation. Schilder was one such product of the struggle.

Sound Africa’s Lars Overland takes a jazzy journey through the Mother City and Schilder’s hyper-creative mind, getting a musician’s-eye view of what it was like growing up in the Cape Flats under apartheid, and a glimpse into his current struggle against cancer.

Schilder’s music exposed the absurdities of apartheid and spoke of the mundane hardships and brutality faced by South Africa’s majority, but it also had a light side. And it was his light touch that softened the day to day blows delivered by a domineering, racist state. And, no doubt, it is this lightheartedness that helps get him through his current battle.

Sound Africa is an independent South African podcast collective. The podcast above is part of our inaugural season, and we’re pleased to announce the imminent release of our second season, Nuclear SA, which will be published on the Daily Maverick website early in 2017. Visit to find our more about us and support independent media in SA.


Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.


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