Percy Mabandu

Wycliffe Mundopa: ‘I think the idea of beauty as a kind of grace and finesse is a Eurocentric notion’

Award-winning Zimbabwean painter Wycliffe Mundopa has a reputation as a recluse who prefers to let his art speak for itself. However, he recently agreed to do this Q&A with Percy Mabandu

The current infatuation with portraiture has colonial roots

However, contemporary artists such as Cinga Samson, Zanele Muholi and Mohau Modisakeng found a liberating ally in self-portraiture

Kyle Shepherd confronts the darkness with sound

Reflecting on just how much had been upended, the pianist stepped towards his instrument and summoned the language to grieve

The Portfolio: Percy Mabandu

Writer and visual artist Percy Mabandu talks about the energy of his portrait of Bra Winston Mankuku Ngozi, entitled ‘The Bull’

Ramon’s music is reliable and relatable

Rooted in the Cape Town sound, Ramon Alexander celebrates it’s genealogy

Sho Madjozi’s musical lineage is larger than large

"Sho Madjozi is alive to the marginal condition of Venda and Shangaan languages in the Zulu-Xhosa-dominated Afro-pop culture in Mzansi."

Unchained spirit of Bra Willie

His sharp and progressive pen‚ he contributed in cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning.

​Thandi Klaasen: Defying tragedy to do it her way

From being a starlet in Sophiatown through to a disfiguring assault, Thandi Klaasen’s capacity for resilience meant she just kept on singing.

​Two albums and a resistance

Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ took local musicians to the world and Miles Davis trumpeted ‘Tutu’

Henri Matisse: Clawing at glory and Jazz

The current exhibition could well benefit from the master's links to a widely appreciated art form.

This land is built on sex and power

From colonialism to apartheid and the present, South Africa's fate appears to be guided by its libido.

Testing times for Aids counsellors on campus

As the year gets off to a steady start, Delta Tladi, an HIV/Aids counsellor at the Tshwane University of Technology, is preparing for a busy time.

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