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Mo Laudi | through the eye of a Globalisto

He left Polokwane, South Africa, in the early 2000s for London, in search of a global outlet for his broad artistic proclivities. Mr Ntshebe “Mo Laudi” Bopape went on to become a global DJ, producer, sound artist, collaborator, entrepreneur and more recently, clothing designer. In this extensive Q&A he discusses collaboration, Art, Paris, Amapiano, Kimonos and the…

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David Koloane | June 5, 1938 – June 30, 2019

The lauded artist Dr David Koloane died this week at the age of 81. As art collector, businessman and photographer, Mr Saki Zamxaka writes, the old master was the very embodiment of humanity.  One of the highest honours you can can bestow on another person in isiXhosa, is saying ebengumntu. In other words, that he or she was human.…

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Imbawula: The Money Series comes to Sandton

The next show in Imbawula’s The Money Series has been announced and sees a new lineup and the entry of a new venue into the narrative of the storytelling platform. Imbawula is the storytelling movement founded in 2014 at the old Bean Republic in Illovo, Johannebsurg. The shows were founded on the premise that our…

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Ed’s Journal: Caster vs White Supremacy

The concerted campaign against Caster Semenya is nothing more than white supremacy exercising it’s unbridled powers, spurred on by white girl tears, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. It is day two at the court of arbitration in sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where reigning Women’s 800m Olympic champion Ms. Caster Semenya is fighting the International Association for…

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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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