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Ungovernable | Ayana V Jackson

Having opened “Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment” – her latest exhibition at Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg – last week, Ms. Ayana V. Jackson, the American artist with global tentacles, shares some thoughts on her childhood, black womanhood, her work and more. In her own words, as told to MR SIPHIWE MPYE. I am a Black American…

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Wisdom and shamanic beauty

The legendary bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Mr Ray Chikapa Phiri is no more. As he is remembered today at a memorial in his hometown of Neilspruit and will be laid to rest this weekend, our editor MR SIPHIWE MPYE remembers a wise master of metaphor and melody.      I marveled silently at the lush,…

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A cocoon of urban cool

When the urge or desperate need for a reboot sets in – for the sake of your energy levels, general health and sanity, you had better heed that call and press pause. MR SIPHIWE MPYE took a one night break from his daily madness and spent a night at a stylish urban cocoon that has…

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Growing a beard, unearthing lessons old and new

 MR SIPHIWE MPYE has been obsessed with facial hair since he barely had peach fuzz on his teenage chin. Over two decades later, he reflects on the two years he has patiently grown and nurtured a full beard, and the life lessons this odyssey has reinforced.  Even in my patchiest, earliest recollections, I can recall no clean shaven adult…

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