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We’re cel­e­brat­ing – it’s Fa­ther’s Day, youth month and our birth­day too! TRUE LOVE turns 45 this June, mark­ing years of em­pow­er­ing women with cur­rent and in­spir­ing con­tent. What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with great tunes? And this is­sue is all about song and dance. For me, mu­sic is ex­pres­sive and unit­ing – it con­nects peo­ple from all walks of life. At home grow­ing up, I’d watch my mom and step­dad dance to Wake Up Ev­ery­body by Herold Marvin & the Blue Notes. When they played the duet I Want You by Barry White & Glodean, I knew things were good. But when dad put Beau Wil­liams’ Alv­ina on re­peat from morn­ing till noon, then mom had left him. It’s mu­sic that drove my un­cle, Bra Pa, who af­ter a drink or three, would come back in the wee hours of the morn­ing and play Fly Away by Laid Back on full blast. It’d be a rude awak­en­ing for the fam­ily but we loved it when he danced alone in the dark. That’s what good songs and happy mem­o­ries do – they cap­ture the mood per­fectly. It was Mariah Carey’s cover of I’ll Be There that helped me deal with my first heart­break, and to Buti Ngi­hamba Nawe by Mafik­i­zolo that I walked down the aisle. It’s still a firm favourite in my home; my kids know and love those sto­ries very much. I have no doubt that you too have many mu­sic mem­o­ries... We can’t we talk about singing and danc­ing with­out men­tion­ing our cover star, Ju­dith Sephuma, who’s also cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day this month. Through­out her ca­reer, she’s shown ver­sa­til­ity, and still main­tains lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ac­claim. How­ever, the sad re­al­ity of the SA mu­sic in­dus­try is that only a few make it big, while some end up dy­ing poor. Our in­depth ar­ti­cle on page 98 ex­plores this topic in great de­tail, and how artists can make money. We love hands-on dads and to hon­our Fa­ther’s Day, our writer Phila Tyekana shines a spot­light on fa­thers who’re in­volved in their chil­dren’s lives. As the cold creeps in, this is­sue will bring pos­i­tiv­ity into your life. Mu­sic is in the air – happy read­ing!

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