Books

Seeking the real Chimurenga
Seeking the real Chimurenga
Three photographs. The 19th-century spirit medium Mbuya Nehanda as she stands defiantly before the gallows; former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe...
​Enigmatic Michael K stripped
​Enigmatic Michael K stripped
Ever since taking up literature studies at the University of Witwatersrand in the late 1990s, author Nthikeng Mohlele has read JM Coetzee’s...
Life and death of a little river
Life and death of a little river
Writing the Ancestral River – a biography of the Kowie by Jacklyn Cock. (Wits University Press, 2018)...
Singapore’s pop culture, pollution cuts no ice
Singapore’s pop culture, pollution cuts no ice
PONTI by Sharlene Teo (Pan Macmillan)
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
BORN TO KWAITO by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu (Blackbird Books)
To hate gays is to hate God
To hate gays is to hate God
I found my Christianity in high school. At the peak of my faith, I attended youth groups every Friday, embarked on an annual church camp to Port...
Rappetti reveals her many selves
Rappetti reveals her many selves
The opening scene of my favourite musical, Rent, begins with Seasons of Love and a familiar piano riff. Characters gather at the...
Forging self-love from trauma
Forging self-love from trauma
Reading this body of poetry has left me with a vulnerability emanating from traumas I have not wanted to confront. For the first time, I’m afraid...
Imperial era’s toxic masculinity in focus
Imperial era’s toxic masculinity in focus
So much has been written about the Jameson Raid as a key moment in South African history, particularly as part of the run-up to the South African...
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi Mazibuko (27) reclines in his chair and furrows his brow. “That’s not entirely true,” says the Johannesburg-based electronic music...
Books that heal and save lives
Books that heal and save lives
Impepho Press is a pan-Africanist, intersectional, feminist publishing house, committed to dispensing literary medicine in the form of stories from...
Essays open a window on the mind’s mysteries
Essays open a window on the mind’s mysteries
In a touching tribute filmed in honour of neurologist Oliver Sacks not long after his death, someone refers to him as having had a “talent for...
Heartbreak in Huhudi
Heartbreak in Huhudi
In our last full week as Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study fellows, Niq Mhlongo and I decided to do something I have long advocated for:...

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