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“Semi-forgotten ’70s musician expertly biographed” – Karina Szczurek reviews Scars That Shine

Karina M. Szczurek recently reviewed Donvé Lee’s biography of South African singer Syd Kitchen, Scars that Shine, for the Cape Times.

Skollie, saint, scholar, hippest of hippies, imperfect musician with a perfect imagination, Syd Kitchen was, like all great artists, born to enrich his art and not himself.

Plagued by drugs, alcohol and depression, too much of an outlaw to be embraced by record companies, he frequently sold his furniture to cover production costs of his albums, seduced fans at concerts and music festivals worldwide with his dazzling ‘Afro-Saxon’ mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock interspersed with marvellously irreverent banter, and finally became the subject of several compelling documentaries, one of which – Fool in a Bubble – premiered in New York in 2010.

Lee’s Scars That Shine is an intimate look at one of South Africa’s most remarkable artists.

Read Szczurek’s review here.

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