Ride shotgun with Doc MacLean as the world's wildest blues tour plays sixty shows across Southern Africa...

Photo Credit: Stefan Hurter

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Nganga Blues Tour Closes: Virus Fears & Public Safety Cancel Remaining Dates

Like this place, I'm slowly being swallowed by the jungle, and I, too, am half heartedly resisting the sweet dampness of night, the thick air of the day.

For the last couple of weeks the world has also spun more rapidly here: Africa: KwaZulu Natal. My Nganga Blues Tour falling from sold out shows to a dozen people and a couple of dogs. Shows by candle and lantern because the power has been so often lost. Beautiful moments. My years as a busker providing me enough power to sing and play without microphones. The show always went on. And now: only the noises of the cane fields and the jungle around me.

Eighteen shows cancelled. This Tour shutting down now now. It's been fading for ten days, but now- like the rest of the world- the Tour is hiding, waiting, wondering. And I'm surrendering to the jungle.

My current digs, this caravan. Captain Moreland was ship wrecked on this coast a couple of hundred years ago. Now, I too, am a castaway, foraging in this place without means or expectations. Free for the first time in years.
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Doc MacLean

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Reception at the Canadian High Commission

A classy, diplomatic event at the Official Residence of the Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa. A reception was held to celebrate my N'ganga Blues Tour. Representatives from several countries attended, as did members of the media, and persons from the business and entertainment communities.

Conversation was marvellous, and attendees were treated to two sets of the blues, as well as a guest appearance by South African singer songwriter, Tim Parr. I'm pictured here with Canadian High Commissioner, Kim Butler, and his partner Tyler. My thanks to everyone involved.

Doc MacLean

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

N'ganga Roads

Blues skies over this African summer, and the Tour has had a relatively uneventful run across the Western Cape. Indeed, I'm settling in to this place. Neither Africa nor I are as exotic as we once were, but we still laugh and thrill each other as new lovers do.
Communication has been a major problem. Facebook has refused all links to this site as it "violates" their "community standards." And you can't contact a real person to fix it. Both my public email addresses have stopped working. International banking remains impossible. Most posts to this Blog vanish. They say you can do it by phone, but you can't get away with more than one picture, and a scrabble of text.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sharp Street Studios, Cape Town

Sharp Street Studios, Cape Town

I had a great day yesterday at Cape Town's Sharp Street Studios. Owner-engineer Willem Moller has produced and recorded a who's who of the South African music scene. The tracks will tell the tale! I'm excited about moving forward with this project. Definitely, some cool stuff! I recorded nine songs that I'd never heard before. My own songs- I've just never had a chance to hear what they sounded like from the other side of the mic. Tonight I'm on Long St., at Sgt. Peppers...

Doc MacLean

Taking Wings in Cape Town

Taking Wings in Cape Town