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Bongani Kona

Bongani Kona

    The Brother moves in on black tax
    The Brother moves in on black tax
    The first time I saw the Brother Moves On live they performed an acoustic set at the David Krut gallery in Newlands, Cape Town, in front of an...
    Silence talks with a powerful voice
    Silence talks with a powerful voice
    Voice is central to the struggles of the oppressed. Totalitarian regimes the world over always seek to silence the people they oppress. The...
    Changing focus: The art and activism of Omar Badsha
    Changing focus: The art and activism of Omar Badsha
    It’s early winter in Cape Town, cold and gray, when I take the 1044 train from Newlands station on a Saturday afternoon to meet the photographer...
    Blk Brothers get it together
    Blk Brothers get it together
    The first time I saw the Blk Jks on stage was at the Assembly, a live music venue in Cape Town. This was circa 2009, right about the time of the...
    Embrace the things we share in this scary, polarised world
    Embrace the things we share in this scary, polarised world
    In July 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb made from a mixture of fertiliser and fuel oil in front of a...
    Impressive feat of imagination
    Impressive feat of imagination
    The 1990s — a decade book-ended by two wildly contrasting historical events, the release of Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison and the...
    Music, but not for the masses
    Music, but not for the masses
    In Cape Town, the point where art and commerce intersect can be a strange one. A place fraught with all sorts of uncomfortable paradoxes. Anyone who...
    Live from the underground: Pharoahe Monch in Cape Town
    Live from the underground: Pharoahe Monch in Cape Town
    The closest New York-bred MC, Pharoahe Monch (real name, Troy Donald Jamerson), ever got to the mainstream of American rap was in 1999 when he...
    Local musos weave magic at World Music Festival
    Local musos weave magic at World Music Festival
    There’s a name for it: hallelujah moments. These are moments at a music concert, which a friend of mine likens to a religious...
    Nadine Gordimer: A rich legacy for young artists
    Nadine Gordimer: A rich legacy for young artists
    In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in 1957, Albert Camus said: "The writer's role is not free from difficult duties. By definition he...
    The strength in Armatrading
    The strength in Armatrading
    British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joan Armatrading (64) is three years younger than my mother, and the first thing I say to her...
    The old dreams are dead, but the Brother Moves On
    The old dreams are dead, but the Brother Moves On