On our Lists this week: Sad girls, Nakhane, and Being Black.

THE PLAY LIST

You Will Not Die by Nakhane: There’s nothing like the moment when a new album becomes as comfortable as softening leather. I gave this album a bit of a break after it came out but I was recently far away from home and it provided the kind of personal church that kept me grounded. I can’t get over how universally captivating By The Gullet is. (MB)

Sad Girls by Nandi Jakuja: I listened to this mix on Soundcloud so many times over the weekend that it feels like my life’s natural score. A few weeks ago on Instagram I saw Jakuja talking about the space she was in when she created this beautiful, balanced mix of upbeat, reflective and mellow music. So strange how the creation from her pain has brought me so much sonic joy. (ZH)

THE READING LIST

Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Angel Kyodo Williams: When I discovered her a few weeks ago, I felt like I had found an ally, an auntie, a teacher and somebody I could never have imagined exists. Angel Kyodo Williams, who embodies a finely matured balance between queer black politics and what she calls “inner work”, is guided by her practice as a Zen Buddhist priest. This book is a pocket guide to approach the often difficult process of doing that inner work. (MB)

The Lists were compiled by Milisuthando Bongela and Zaza Hlalethwa

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