James Phillips Johannesburg, South Africa
James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician, bandleader and the voice and conscience of a
generation of white South Africans.
His music was born at the same time as the Soweto Riots and then fused in a strangely comfortable way with the punk musical explosion. His songwriting bloomed through apartheid’s darkest years and into the dawning of the new era.
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