Arts and Culture

Collab is manifestly dope
Collab is manifestly dope
Ghanaian rapper M.anifest is a serial collaborator. And he seems to have an obsession with South African musicians — he has collaborated with...
​What does it matter if a man is in the room?
​What does it matter if a man is in the room?
There is an associative magic that should accompany brilliant curation. Perhaps even beyond theoretical soundness. I suspect that the interplay...
The poet by whom the English language lives
The poet by whom the English language lives
Derek Walcott, the poet-chronicler of the island life, died, aged 87, in Saint Lucia, Caribbean, on March 17 after a long illness. He set out to be...
The Lists this week: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, King of the Belgians and Spoek Mathambo
The Lists this week: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, King of the Belgians and Spoek Mathambo
King of the Belgians. It’s a pity that the European Film Festival ended last weekend because it means that getting to...
The weekly pop sack: Winter is here
The weekly pop sack: Winter is here
Temperatures may be dropping outside but they have been climbing on Facebook and Twitter. And while the weather makes for soul-crushing small talk,...
Birds of a revolutionary feather
Birds of a revolutionary feather
Eleven artists in white stood atop crates of glass bottles, barefoot and silent, gazing ahead as an audience in Athens watched in silence, a...
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
The theme set by 2017 Venice Biennale’s curator, Christine Macel, is “Viva Arte Viva!”, intended to celebrate artists and “art for art’s...
Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
Afropunk comes to Johannesburg, all grown up. With that comes potential and grown-folk problems.
Blooming reflection of society
Blooming reflection of society
SEASON OF CRIMSON BLOSSOMS by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Cassava Republic)
​Stunning Tangier of past, present and future
​Stunning Tangier of past, present and future
As a writer fascinated by the Beats, Tangier was a destination full of possibility and fascination. Although literature, poetry and cinema remain...
Danger to white cube galleries
Danger to white cube galleries
On the fringe of Johannesburg’s tentacular gentrification, Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio is home to those with critical imaginations and no qualms...
Muyanga settles old scores on a visible stage
Muyanga settles old scores on a visible stage
As the featured artist at this year’s National Arts Festival, composer, librettist and performer Neo Muyanga and several collaborators will...
The Lists: Chimurenga Chronic, Lyric DVDs and celebrating comic books
The Lists: Chimurenga Chronic, Lyric DVDs and celebrating comic books
Manelis: Township Jupiter. Manelis has been tinkering with a new aesthetic pretty much since the Nineties, which is when...

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