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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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Of warrior women and resistance

As we mark the end of Women’s Month in South Africa, MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA revisits the role some of the most powerful woman leaders in the history of the African continent. These warrior women, as with contemporary women, faced tremendous odds, yet were fierce in battle, astute in thought and influential in their varied leadership roles, changing…

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The Priest King of myth and misunderstanding

European fascination with a submissive Africa and its people has led to centuries of misguided and misinformed details of the precolonial continent. Even in its attempts at telling the real story of Africa it has never been able to avoid falsehoods, hyperbole and the perpetuation of myth, as is the case with the legend of the…

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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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The limitations of outrage in the absence of answers

In a recent issue of the Mail & Guardian’s excellent ‘Friday’ Arts supplement dedicated to the question of masculinity, our editor MR SIPHIWE MPYE contributed a deeply personal account of his path in being part of the solution to gender based violence. We publish here an updated version. “South African men are trash, that’s who we are. If we don’t…

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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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