Arts and Culture

Who have we become? A vignette on everyday humanity, or the lack thereof
Who have we become? A vignette on everyday humanity, or the lack thereof
A woman runs down the long descending escalator at the Rosebank Gautrain station while the stairs are in motion. There is no one to push past...
The Lists this week: 'If He Hollers Let Him Go', Jay-Z and the #SoGoneChallenge
The Lists this week: 'If He Hollers Let Him Go', Jay-Z and the #SoGoneChallenge
The Play ListSadat X, Black October: Rather than information and sensibility, it is accent and lilt that draw me to...
‘Noma’ uses an intimate and personal vignette to humanise the land issue
‘Noma’ uses an intimate and personal vignette to humanise the land issue
Have you ever considered taking the risk of occupying land to build yourself a shack? Noma, a young woman, agonises over this idea and eventually...
Talking about language, quotas and processes with Lidudumalingani Mqombothi
Talking about language, quotas and processes with Lidudumalingani Mqombothi
Milisuthando Bongela (MB): What is the aftermath of winning a coveted literary award?
​A runway fit for a queen – powerful West African queen Abla Pokou, in fact
​A runway fit for a queen – powerful West African queen Abla Pokou, in fact
There once was a West African queen named Pokou, or Abla Pokou, who, in the mid-18th century, ruled what is today known as Côte d’Ivoire.
Pablo comes to SA: Kanye West to open pop-up store in Cape Town for three days
Pablo comes to SA: Kanye West to open pop-up store in Cape Town for three days
On Thursday, the famously unpredictable Kanye West announced via his Twitter account that he would open 21 stores across the world for three days...
Trigger warnings are essential and shouldn't be overlooked in film screenings
Trigger warnings are essential and shouldn't be overlooked in film screenings
As part of the Open Design Festival, the Black Filmmakers’ Festival held a screening and discussion session in Cape Town’s City Hall, which...
​Ghostly Business: Apartheid’s ghosts laid bare by an absurd spiritual reckoning
​Ghostly Business: Apartheid’s ghosts laid bare by an absurd spiritual reckoning
Mawlana Abdul Kader Ghoriawalla, a migrant from Namdipur, a village in India, was known as Kader Barber, because his main occupation was to cut...
The unique and layered voice of the versatile virtuoso Bheki Mseleku is remembered
The unique and layered voice of the versatile virtuoso Bheki Mseleku is remembered
For the revered South African musical spiritualist and icon, Bheki Mseleku, an event as modest as an unveiling and tribute concert could only be...
​The Quiet Violence of Dreams – a double exhibition based on the book
​The Quiet Violence of Dreams – a double exhibition based on the book
“Perhaps we do not fear the scrutiny of daylight enough. I walk because of them (the politicians) and all the ugliness they have left us. But the...
Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' is as relevant as ever in the wake of Marikana & BLM
Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' is as relevant as ever in the wake of Marikana & BLM
For a black film and media student at the University of Cape Town, Spike Lee’s 'Do The Right Thing' (1989) was a revelation. I watched it on a...
The Lists this week: Airspace, THEESatisfaction and Amiri Baraka's Black Music
The Lists this week: Airspace, THEESatisfaction and Amiri Baraka's Black Music
The Play ListShabazz Palaces: I’ve had the timeless Black Up, debut album of American...
‘Niggaz’ are scared of revolution: Some artists avoid rocking the boat
‘Niggaz’ are scared of revolution: Some artists avoid rocking the boat
In a recent appearance on Sway in the Morning, a nationally syndicated American radio show, South African rapper AKA told host Sway Calloway that...
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
South Africans apparently don’t read, least of all local fiction. But Mohale Mashigo has blown that belief out of the water; she is preparing for...
Can we get more South Africa in our hip-hop? It’s time to stop picking up stompies.
Can we get more South Africa in our hip-hop? It’s time to stop picking up stompies.
When Atteridgeville-born hip-hop artist JR released his 2009 hit Make the Circle Bigger, conspiracy theorists interpreted it as a diss...

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