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​Urban Village is not a band, it’s a collective of underground artists
​Urban Village is not a band, it’s a collective of underground artists
Soweto-based band Urban Village’s sound can perhaps be best described as polyglot, for it attains its originality through a mix of languages both...
Storm in a beer can jams Jo'burg road
Storm in a beer can jams Jo'burg road
Last Saturday Ricardo da Fonseca, in all innocence, strapped a beer can to a streetlight pole. He did not, everyone now agrees, intend it as an act...
Migrants: Unexpected guests trapped in time and space
Migrants: Unexpected guests trapped in time and space
Parts of the Western world are gripped by a crisis of strangers. Men, women and children – collectively we describe them as civilians, citizens and...
Art and the grey area of 'betweenness'
Art and the grey area of 'betweenness'
The self-reflective phase South Africa finds itself in 20 years into democracy is a precarious place between the end of one era and the beginning...
On being an 'artist'
On being an 'artist'
Every time I have had the privilege of sitting with an artist, be they of the visual, performance or literary fields, I have always...
[Video]Spoek Mathambo: Beyond Afro-futurism
[Video]Spoek Mathambo: Beyond Afro-futurism
Spoek Mathambo talks to the M&G about his latest release, his position in the SA music industry and an upcoming collaboration with Gorillaz.
South African artists: A shabby state of affairs
South African artists: A shabby state of affairs
Many years ago, a state funding agency suggested to playwright Nadia Davids that her one-woman show about Muslim women, At Her Feet, was...
Denmark's hippie haven under threat
Denmark's hippie haven under threat
Deftly rolling a joint, 14-year-old Trygve says he revels in being able to light up freely in Christiania, Copenhagen's "free city" and Europe's...
What are the playmakers saying?
What are the playmakers saying?
Seven world premieres of new South African drama will be staged at the main festival this year. Brent Meersman spoke to the artists behind some of...

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