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Appeasement, renewal and the ancestral realm

The photographer MS. THINA ZIBI took some time out to share with us the inspiration behind her solo show currently on display at the Agog Gallery in Johannesburg, exploring the ancestral realm, ritual and understanding. In her own words… Andindedwa is Xhosa term meaning I am not alone, and in this particular context it acknowledges…

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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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Challenging colonial futures

It seems like we blinked and Zimbabwean artist Mr Kudzanai Chiurai had transcended his status as one of the most urgent young artists on the continent, and become an established voice with a distinct narrative foothold on the post colony. That narrative will be extended at the end of August with the opening of his latest exhibition, ‘We stand in silence’.     …

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Ungovernable | Ms. Zukiswa Wanner

Ms. Zukiswa  Wanner is a Zambian-born, Kenyan-residing author with a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother. Her debut novel The Madams was shortlisted for South African Literary Award’s  K.Sello Duiker Award in 2007 and she would go on to win the award for her fourth novel, London Cape Town Joburg. Her third novel, Men of the South, was shortlisted for…

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The Mbira | a story of appropriation and dilution

On the 37th anniversary of Zimbabwean independence, MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA charts the history of the colonial capture and appropriation of the Mbira, arguably the Shona nation’s most spiritual musical instrument.   Cultural performance, music and rhythm have always been vehicles that transport (even teleport) humanity through the highways of spiritual linkage. Whether it is travelling to the past, communicating…

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Depression, whoring and a problematic Cucumber

Tiger Meremela at Imbawula

TIGER MAREMELA is a non-gender conforming digital artist and marketer. This story from the Imbawula storytelling archives – recorded live at the dearly departed Bassline – looks back at a depressive episode complicated by a problematic, attractive boy called ‘Cucumber’.         Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share…

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The Collector | Lidudumalingani Mqombothi

MR LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He is the winner of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing and in the same year, was awarded the Miles Morland Scholarship. He was recently at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban and took time out to chat to us about his obsession with…

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The Makers # 1 | The Ninevites

MS. NKULI MLANGENI is a visionary, creative, dreamer, traveler, mother, lover of black culture, organiser and maker of things. In an eclectic career she has juggled creating, consulting, studying, DJing, promoting shows, styling and recently, as a maker of exquisite rugs under The Ninevites brand. One of which, The Sankara rug, was recently voted South Africa’s most beautiful…

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Hip-hop, paranoia and finding home

Mr Lebogang Rasethaba is a Filmmaker whose work illuminates the Black experience through history, popular culture and identity. He is the acclaimed Director of the documentaries “The People Versus The Rainbow Nation” and “Prisoner 46764: the Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni” and is currently in edit for the sequel to perhaps his best known film, “Future Sounds of…

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