Sihle Mthembu

Dorothy Masuka, a rare gift from our ancestors

The golden-voiced singer, activist and author of such iconic songs as 'Pata Pata' and 'Khawuleza' spoke to Sihle Mthembu a few months ago

Lazarus rising: Strange case of the two uMgqumenis

‘It was like Jesus coming back’ when a maskandi star was miraculously ‘resurrected’. The bizarre events that ensued divided fans and family alike

​‘Kalushi’ is a meeting of history and cinema

Mandla Dube’s film on Solomon Mahlangu resists a political overview and apartheid hero-worship.

OkMalumKoolKat: The case of an escape artist

By not articulating an experience as formative as being in a Tasmanian jail, OkMalumKoolKat affirms the stereotype that men are emotionally obtuse.

Young and his restless endeavour

Sihle Mthembu has a Facebook messenger conversation with filmmaker Roger Young about his 20-year film in the making ‘Love Runs Out’.

‘Black President’, an ironic portrait of an art enigma

A BLK JK has swapped music for film with ‘Black President’, homing in on an artist whose work interrogates power on the African continent.

A sonic journey with Vuma Levin

Guitarist Vuma Levin's music draws on various philosophies and genres that result in a lean, decisive sound.

Madala Kunene: Listen, while my guitar gently speaks

Madala Kunene, one of SA’s most talented musicians, is reluctant to talk about himself – he prefers to let his six-string Takamine deliver the spiel.

Doing it by the Booqe – music in transition

Digital troubadour Mashayabhuqe KaMamba is the shaman of urban escapism for the Y generation.

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