Author            : Sam Mathe

Publication    : BODY OF WORK


Sam Mathe is a South African journalist, writer and publisher. He was educated at Kwamanala High in Mpumalanga and Wits University in Johannesburg. His journalism career started in 1994 at the now defunct PACE magazine. He then joined Drum and later Sunday Sun as a senior writer. Since then his articles have been published in various South African media titles including True Love, City Press, Rapport, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and Afropolitan – which he edited for three years. Mathe is a Mondi Paper Magazine Award finalist (1996). He is also a recipient of the Platinum Award (2007), bestowed by the music industry of Swaziland for his support of the gospel scene in that country. He is a founding editor and publisher of Jazz Life Magazine as well as contributing author of South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs (MME Media/GIBS, 2010) and Brenda Fassie: I Am Not Your Weekend Special (Picador Africa, 2014). His latest role in the media includes writing articles that reflect South African cultural history and heritage. He is a regular contributor in The Star, a TV columnist in the Sunday Independent and book reviewer in the Cape Argus. His book, From Kippie to Kippies: Portraits of SA Jazz, Soul & Pop Artists is published by African Perspectives Publishing and will be launched in February 2019.