Arts and Culture

On ten years of 'Faces and Phases': 'We are making history here'
On ten years of 'Faces and Phases': 'We are making history here'
An air of ordered chaos follows Zanele Muholi’s entrance into Juta Street’s Stevenson Gallery. Although unassuming and dressed in loose-fitting...
Viva la deliciousness as Mexico meets SA
Viva la deliciousness as Mexico meets SA
"Are those the escamoles?” I ask the waitress, in a whisper. They are crisp, unlike the soft ant larvae I’ve eaten before. “Yes,” she...
New life recalls 'mad' SA hero
New life recalls 'mad' SA hero
EMILY HOBHOUSE: BELOVED TRAITOR by Elsabé Brits (Tafelberg)
‘Healing’ poets up for Sol Plaatje Poetry Award
‘Healing’ poets up for Sol Plaatje Poetry Award
Three poems have been shortlisted from the more than 600 submitted for the 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.
Want to heal society? Look within yourself first
Want to heal society? Look within yourself first
One late summer day, some years ago, a friend of mine invited me to gong meditation — a form of kundalini yoga. Well, he actually invited me...
Rami Malek's Emmy victory is deeply important and marks a milestone moment for Arab or Egyptian Americans in Hollywood
Rami Malek's Emmy victory is deeply important and marks a milestone moment for Arab or Egyptian Americans in Hollywood
Narrow conceptions and caricatures of Arab identity are deeply rooted in Hollywood. The hijacker and the terrorist, the opulently wealthy oil...
​The puppet guy reinvents Chester
​The puppet guy reinvents Chester
A lot has happened in puppeteer ventriloquist Conrad Koch’s life since he took on Steve Hofmeyr in a court case that saw the singer lose...
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
"Culturally, when you would be given a name, you’d be given the name of a hardworking person in the hopes that you would contribute to the society...
Globe-trotting humanitarian Angelina Jolie files for divorce from actor husband Brad Pitt
Globe-trotting humanitarian Angelina Jolie files for divorce from actor husband Brad Pitt
Actress Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her attorney said in a statement on Tuesday, signalling the end of one of...
Celebrating Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Inside mam' Winnie's birthday concert
Celebrating Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Inside mam' Winnie's birthday concert
There is something transcendent about singing in communion. Different pitches in unison. In harmony. Voices tease, hide, come out and play. In a...
Warm, friendly Zambia should be on foreign tourism radar
Warm, friendly Zambia should be on foreign tourism radar
Almost suddenly, the savannah landscape, with countless baobab trees, yields to the land of valleys. Three hours ago, a perfect orange sun emerged...
​#CulturePop: Mourning Mandoza amid data woes, bad feminism and gifted surgeons
​#CulturePop: Mourning Mandoza amid data woes, bad feminism and gifted surgeons
Unhappy endings ushered us into and out of last week. From the anniversary of the death of Steve Bantu Biko at the hands of apartheid’s wolves...
Indigenous African foods: five forgotten super-foods
Indigenous African foods: five forgotten super-foods
Throughout history, Africans have depended on super foods for sustenance and folk medicine for offsetting a multitude of ailments. Now, modern...
​The world delelas Africa at its own peril
​The world delelas Africa at its own peril
On Monday morning before leaving for work, I picked up my phone only to see unsolicited activity on it from Google Maps, telling me that traffic to...

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