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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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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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