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Ungovernable: Nandi Dlepu

A former television producer, Ms Nandi Dlepu is the Founder of Mamakashaka – the agency responsible for some of Jo’burg (and South Africa’s) hippest gatherings centered around music, film, fashion, design and women. Her event properties – Pantone Sundays, Feel Good Series, Film Noire, Umi and Bloom – each breathe life into the different cavities of…

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May you have love, may you belong

In this essay, submitted in the Imbawula ‘Love in the time of Social Distancing’ series, South African writer, storyteller and curator Ms Sisonke Msimang – who has lived in Australia with her husband and two children for several years – says that love in the time of Covid-19 looks exactly like it always has.  I can’t lie,…

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On movement, human rights and Covid-19

(This essay was written before South Africa was locked down, but is as poignant now as it was then – Editor) Meditating on human rights and the coronavirus in South Africa, Ms Pumla Dineo Gqola posits that the landscape of freedom after apartheid has cemented an old regime of movement.   On the 60th anniversary…

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Ungovernable: Lindokuhle Nkosi

Ms Lindokuhle Nkosi is a writer, curator and cultural commentator. She walks to a tune all her own, challenging our casually held notions of empathy and love, deep love. She spoke to us about girlhood, Caster Semenya, writing, faux allies and the disrespect of black artistry.  NM: In a sentence, who is Lindokuhle Nkosi? LN:…

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Ed’s Journal: On Vulnerability

Vulnerability is all the rage, a trend* punted by society, podcasts, vlogs, Op Eds and after dinner drink talk for all men to embrace. Yet, our Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye writes, those who preach it, are seldom ready for it. Vulnerability is complex. At once encouraging when you realise how much of your daily existence requires…

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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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Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – 2019): You can put lipstick on a pig…    

The death this week of Karl Lagerfeld has been widely mourned, but this outpouring of love, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye, neglects the fact that there was no phobia too deplorable for him, and he was allowed to flourish by an enabling fashion industry. Mr Karl Lagerfeld, the creative mastermind behind his eponymous label and the…

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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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Ungovernable: Taryn Gill

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the latest in our series profiling women whose paths and minds we admire, we speak to Ms. Taryn Gill, Founder of the Perfect Hair Company,…

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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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