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Bongani Madondo

Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere

The life of blues pioneer Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and her song Black Bottom have been turned into a film. Bongani Madondo laments its anticlimax

Black rebels among the blue bloods of liberalism

Bongani Madondo says the meltdown amid racial witch-hunting portends the beginning of the end of white liberalism itself

I just can’t stop lovin’ you

Michael Jackson’s fans worshipped him even after his death — until Leaving Neverland. Bongani Madondo writes about dealing with a fallen god

Cast the first stone: Our Mary Magdalene of the townships

A feast to paint Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a black nationalist loony and a woman of loose morals kicked into gear even before her body was cold

Winnie: Our Love Supreme

Bongani Madondo on the transitional path of Winnie Mandela from a Princess YamaNgutyana emaMpondweni into ‘Winnie The Great’

Our favourite further mucker

The ‘man boy of all ages’ was one of the very best that South Africa – and the world – had to offer

Buyel’Ekhaya Mtase: This land of ours shrouded in song

Amid the fratricidal political mayhem threatening to rip the soul of the country asunder, a music festival proposes that local is the national

Seer with the devil’s voice now hangs out with angels

Leonard Cohen’s songs evoked the mystical incantations of Bongani Madondo’s youth, but also voodooed music and poetry into a profound creative ritual.

​Shared memories reunite Africa and the Americas on black magic spiritual flights

'If you believe Mutwa is given to buck-wild conspiracies I have an antibiotic fer ya in four words: Dr Ivan van Sertima.'

​From shaman to star man: Bongani Madondo has an audience with Sanusi Credo Mutwa

Bongani Madondo takes a trip across the Kalahari to meet the man and peek into his futuristic past.

Year 2015: The Naafians have landed. Flee or fight?

Bongani Madondo on the fictional Naafians's dark nights - in the shadow of a sacred mountain in the southwestern district of the Z'aniaa Republic.

Class edition: Once we were ‘The Madondos’ – the special ones

Writer Bongani Madondo relates how books have eased the psychic pain of his class-conscious family.

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