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Abantu Book Festival: we have a lineup

Abantu Book Festival – Mr Thando Mgqolozana’s defiant middle finger to the literary establishment, and love letter to black authors and readers – will in early December celebrate three years in existence with an ever-glittering and expanding list of festival speakers. The festival for black writers and readers is a hive of vigorous intellectual exchange, laughter…

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The Maker #3 | Anikesh Ramani (MØDERNIST & WASTELAND)

After establishing a solid career in film production, Mr Anikesh Ramani used his love for good design as a segue into the next chapter in his life, as a purveyor of Danish and local mid-century furniture and collectibles. Soon, his two creations – MØDERNIST and WASTELAND – will come together under one roof. In his own…

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Of money, pain, joy and life

Imbawula, the popular storytelling platform has evolved over the years and recently, its latest incarnation, The Money Series, saw the stage set for eclectic, real life money stories, delivered by consummate storytellers.  Money is as unavoidable a conversation as it is awkward. We would rather talk about our most embarrassing personal hygiene challenge, than go down…

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Ungovernable: Makgati Molebatsi

Ms. Makgati Molebatsi spent the better part of her career in Marketing, expertly riding a wave towards and executive position. After attaining this and sticking it out for a decade, she decided to turn her private passion for art into a business, and has become one of the most important voices in the South African…

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No place for ‘indiscriminate mockery’

Comedy, in its ability to elicit laughter, unleashing all manner of positive physiological reactions, is a an invaluable human arsenal in the fight against boredom,  austerity and depression. These benefits dissipate to nil however, if the laughter is at the expense of those that society should be protecting. As MR SIPHIWE MPYE writes, the time for offence for…

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The necessary evolution of Petite Noir

It has been a year since Mr Yannick Ilunga – the Congolese Angolan musician fanatically known as Petite Noir – moved back to his childhood Cape Town after a whirlwind stint of dream gigs and stardom in London, gliding through plaudits from an impressive list of mainstream and independent media. His sound – a fluid mix of 80s synch…

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Of life and the road well-travelled

The comedian Mr Ntobeko Madlingozi (NM) and our editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye (SM) have been friends for over 25 years. They met for lunch in Johannesburg recently – following Madlingozi’s one-man show, SoberSex, in Cape Town – after not seeing each other for a few months. This is the first excerpt from their conversation, about…

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Ungovernable: Sisonke Msimang

Ms. Sisonke Msimang is a writer, activist, speaker and author. Begotten to South African parents and brought up by the world, she lived and was educated in multiple countries, bringing to her writing a wide, considered and evolving view of the world. The Ruth First, Yale and Aspen New Voices Fellow launched her memoirs “Always another…

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King Kong, the Trojan Horse of protest music

King Kong, the musical that is one of South Africa’s preeminent moments of musical protest theatre, was born of a time when a brutal, illegitimate regime strengthened its stranglehold on visible resistance, and the world needed a cultural Trojan Horse to expose the plight of black South Africans to the world, writes MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA.    Music,…

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The Collector | DJ Bubbles

A veteran DJ with deep reverence for not only the groove, but the history, evolution and connectedness of music, DJ Bubbles (MR SAKHILE NDLAZI) commands respect from both colleagues and his legion of sonically engaged fans. He is versatile – spinning soul, jazz, funk, house, hip-hop and unboxed mind jolters – hopping between sets at…

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