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Playlist: Izigi Zabaphantsi

As the ancestors stir, we can hear their footsteps, this is what they sound like. A selection of contemporary and erstwhile/eternal artists, healers and prophets, appealing to us to listen – to their warnings, their pleas and interventions. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in…

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noted.man Lockdown Vol. 9

Our latest selector in the noted.man lockdown playlist series (Vol. 9) is actor, comedian and music fiend, Mr Ntosh Madlingozi . His palette ranges from jazz to hi-hop, the latter his chosen genre for this offering of mid to uptempo beats to get you into the Spring of things. He said: “I am obsessed with…

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noted.dialogues: The Podcast Episode 1 – Athi Patra Ruga

The Artist Athi Patra Ruga was born in East London in the Eastern Cape, and after years of living and working in Johannesburg and Cape Town, he has re-rooted himself in his home province. He spoke to us from the idyllic surroundings of Hogsback, a stone’s throw away from Alice, where one finds the famed…

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On access and the making of Prisoner 467/64

 As we rose to the sad news of the passing of Mr Andrew Mlangeni this week, we had been working on the third draft of an essay in the filmmaker and noted.man contributor, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba’s ongoing series on access. It is, as you will read below, an intimate insider portrait of the Rivonia trialist through the…

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Kaunda Ntunja was not a ‘Xhosa Commentator’

Kaunda Ntunja – the first black SA Schools Captain, Currie Cup winner with the Cheetahs and a Rugby Commentator extraordinaire – passed away this week. Amid the ensuing news reports, a disturbing but all too familiar tendency has emerged, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye.  As friends, family and rugby fans like myself, who never knew Mr Kaunda…

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Julius: a lesson in access  

In a notorious, now-defunct nightclub, the Documentary Film Director, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba, recalls a lesson in access, delivered by one Mr Julius Malema.  As the music blares in a nightclub, a woman – young and drunk – interrupts me as I make an ambitious plea to Mr Julius Malema to appear in a film I am…

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On these eery streets

Armed with a camera and journalism’s essential service cover, our long-term contributor Mr Lee Molefi recently rolled through the streets of Johannesburg, looking to capture in lockdown, the altered face of streets he knows well. In his photo essay – featuring  landmarks from Braamfontein to Melville often teeming with energy and revelry – we largely find…

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After the event of fire

On the weekend of the 20th of December 2019, while Mr Majola Ganymede was visiting his cousin, children started a fire in the tall grass opposite the residential area of B-M section in Site B, Khayelitsha Township. Later on that day, after firefighters had quelled the inferno, it was decided that building a shack to house…

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‘The grass is green’ subverts historical tropes

Businessman, investor, photographer and noted.man contributor, Mr Saki Zamxaka, opens his first solo exhibition at Constitution Hill this week. Entitled  “The Grass Is Green”, the photography collection is at once emphatic, subversive and hopeful, writes the photographer.  This week, my solo photography exhibition kicks off at Constitution Hill, in the historic Old Fort Ramparts. After months of…

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A series of firsts at Tambo Lives!

Imbawula: Tambo Lives! was awash with firsts, as four storytellers – picked for their proximity to the late struggle stalwart Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo, or for work that mirrors his values – delved into anecdotes, lessons and reflections about life, the Tambo way. Hosted at The Market Theatre’s intimate Mannie Manim stage, this was the…

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