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The weekly pop sack: Life in the time of disgrace
The weekly pop sack: Life in the time of disgrace
OPINIONSouth Africa lost some more moral ground last weekend. It all started at our version of The Jerry Springer...
Need an Arts fix? Don't miss these events
Need an Arts fix? Don't miss these events
Andrew Tshabangu, Footprints at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg....
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Buchi Emecheta (July 21 1944 – January 25 2017), more than anyone else, epitomised the modern Nigerian novel in English during the 1970s, much as...
A surreal sojourn across Europe
A surreal sojourn across Europe
In isiXhosa “ukufukuza” refers to the act, or rather the art, of moving quickly hither and thither. The word is somewhat onomatopoeic,...
​Music initiatives subvert whiteness in Cape Town's city bowl
​Music initiatives subvert whiteness in Cape Town's city bowl
About a fortnight ago, I found myself at a live Mndsgn gig. A chilly breeze and typically late Cape Town sunset set the open-air scene while the...
The river that got lost on its way to the sea
The river that got lost on its way to the sea
I love the feeling of sand between my toes as my feet sink into blond sand all the way from my tent to the bar. A few minutes later, drink in hand, I...
On our Lists this week: Sampha's new album and Paulo Nazareth's artwork
On our Lists this week: Sampha's new album and Paulo Nazareth's artwork
58 Years to the Treason Trial, Keleketla! Library. I have been doing some side reading early in the mornings and late in the evenings researching...
The weekly pop sack: Bittersweet days buoyed by the Bey
The weekly pop sack: Bittersweet days buoyed by the Bey
The internet has become chockful of profiles of baby bumps, twins and doubles of everything. People are posing seated demurely on a bed of wild...
Rixon pushes the sonic envelope
Rixon pushes the sonic envelope
Full disclosure: Thor Rixon and I go way back.
Multiple masculinities reflected in SA’s menswear
Multiple masculinities reflected in SA’s menswear
There was a time not so long ago when the menswear at fashion weeks was the sad, reluctant partner to the women’s shows. Dragged along for the...
Moms in a park is a mother of a story
Moms in a park is a mother of a story
Describe yourself in a sentence.This is such a hard thing to do, so maybe I should quote my Twitter bio: writer, reader,...
Of love, loss and watermelons ...
Of love, loss and watermelons ...
They walked into the place, that place in Obs with the bottomless coffee and black consciousness books, dreadlocked revolutionary artists in...
​Poignant images from postcolonial diasporas
​Poignant images from postcolonial diasporas
The scale of Let Me Begin Again, which is the second edition of South-South, a Goodman Gallery Cape Town instalment of exhibitions focusing on the Global South, floods the senses....

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