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Zaza Hlalethwa, Lebohang Masango 29 Aug 2019 09:28
Blessings on blessings on blessings (John McCann)
Earlier this week PhD student and author Lebohang Masango sat with Power FM’s Aldrin Sampear to talk about her Master’s dissertation. With Johannesburg as her case study, the topic focuses on how young women navigate love and intimacy in the digital era of capitalism.
“The thing about romance is that [it] requires money,” Masango explained to Sampear.
“There is no engagement in any kind of romance without money.
The Mail & Guardian collaborated with Masango to create a playlist that speaks to what she refers to as “strategic dating”, from women’s point of view.
Listen to it on Spotify
Listen to it on Apple MusicGet the full playlist on YouTube
Ain’t nothing going on (but the rent) — Gwen Guthrie
Quotable: “No romance without finance/ No romance without finance/ Boy, nothin’ in life is free/ That’s why I’m askin’ you what can you do for me/ I’ve got responsibilities/ So I’m lookin’ for a man whose got money in his hands”
Quotable: Can you pay my bills/ Can you pay my telephone bills/ Can you pay my automo-bills/ If you did then maybe we could chill
Quotable: UDed’usebenzile/ UDed’u-achievile
Quotable: “I look like a model/ I’ll do what I gotta/ To stay in the running/ ‘Cause I want your money/ Give me some/ I’ll be the one backstage/ ‘Cause, Munny, I want you back/ La, la, la, la”
Quotable: “They can beg and they can plead/ But they can’t see the light (that’s right)/ ‘Cause the boy with the cold hard cash/ Is always Mister Right”
8 Days of Christmas - Destiny’s Child
“Oh he makes me feel so lovely, so sexy, I’m so in la-la-la-la-love/ How I love him for his generosity, my man, my man, my baby/ Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)/ Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)/ Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Whoa)/ Yes, it feels like Christmas”
Quotable: “While he was scheming/ I was beamin’ in the Beamer, just beamin’/ Can’t believe that I caught my man cheatin’/ So I found another way to make him pay for it all/ So I went to Neiman-Marcus on a shopping spree/ And on the way I grabbed Soley and Mia/ And as the cash box rang I thought everything away”
Quotable: “No, I don’t want no scrub/ A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me/ Hangin’ out the passenger side/ Of his best friend’s ride/ Trying to holla at me”
Quotable: “Used to go to dinner almost every night/ Dancin’ ‘til I thought I’d lose my breath/ Now it seems your dancing feet are always on my couch/ Good thing I cook or else we’d starve to death - Ain’t that a shame?”
Quotable: “She don’t want, ga batle di long convo/ Fak’imali, park’ibakkie/ Where’s the drop top?”
Quotable: “If you ain’t got no money take your broke ass home”
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Lebohang Masango is a writer, poet, an anthropology PhD student researching love and digitality in South Africa Read more from Lebohang Masango
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