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Bongani Madondo

Bongani Madondo

    ​Shared memories reunite Africa and the Americas on black magic spiritual flights
    ​Shared memories reunite Africa and the Americas on black magic spiritual flights
    By their nature, columns, like poetry, are a tricky lot. As with the heart of verse, columns tend to expose the columnist — they reveal more...
    ​From shaman to star man: Bongani Madondo has an audience with Sanusi Credo Mutwa
    ​From shaman to star man: Bongani Madondo has an audience with Sanusi Credo Mutwa
    Sanusi, philosopher and cosmic visionary Credo Mutwa’s influence can be discerned in just about every facet of 21st-century pop culture and...
    Year 2015: The Naafians have landed. Flee or fight?
    Year 2015: The Naafians have landed. Flee or fight?
    God gave Noah the rainbow sign:...
    Class edition: Once we were 'The Madondos' - the special ones
    Class edition: Once we were 'The Madondos' - the special ones
    The Great Gatsbys we weren't. Nor were we the Motsepes, the Ramaphosas or even the Zumas of the time, although you wouldn't tell by the way my...
    Apartheid: Defiance was a dapper struggle, too
    Apartheid: Defiance was a dapper struggle, too
    In scale and ambition, Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is the Noah's Ark of visual...
    Enwezor turns a wanderer's eye to the bureaucracy of everyday apartheid
    Enwezor turns a wanderer's eye to the bureaucracy of everyday apartheid
    Almost two decades after he first arrived, worked in, and ruffled some huge feathers in the South African art world, Nigerian-born curator,Okwui...
    Bonfire of the vanities: Divorce, death and designer dresses
    Bonfire of the vanities: Divorce, death and designer dresses
    You see, from the get-go, the scribbling was on the wall: 2013, Mene mene tekel u-fucked up! Big time. It wouldn't take long to...
    The curious case of Enoch Mgijima
    The curious case of Enoch Mgijima
    'No, no, no. You don't get it, my brother," says the sharply dressed Lwazi Mgulwa, the church elder assigned to chaperone me to...
    Jub Jub: The life and trial of a South African child star
    Jub Jub: The life and trial of a South African child star
    The storybook tragedy starring Soweto's once beloved child star and now its chief villain, Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, is a mashup of...
    Slikour on keeping it unreal
    Slikour on keeping it unreal
    The expression “keep it real” is not only an open-ended expression to which anyone can attach their own meaning, it is also a crucial,...
    Bitch, please: I'm a hustler
    Bitch, please: I'm a hustler
    Gold-digger, noun: “The person, usually a woman, who uses charm to extract material benefits from a man,” says my pocket-sized Oxford...
    Deep Read: Go tell it on the mountain
    Deep Read: Go tell it on the mountain
    Marikana 2012. How many lives were snuffed out in those three minutes of hell? The papers say 34 and 78 wounded. That's the deadline statistical...