Arts and Culture

Capitalcentric art fairs are not for artists
Capitalcentric art fairs are not for artists
Africa’s relationship with art is a complicated and tumultuous one. A commonality among European colonial powers was their attempt to achieve...
All that is solid turns to currency
All that is solid turns to currency
"Yes, I heard of it, like everybody else. Whether there is such a plan or not, I don’t know. All I can say is I hope the rumour is unfounded. My...
Nation’s loss is literature’s gain
Nation’s loss is literature’s gain
Money, capital, resources, property: all these are as much part of South Africa’s literary landscape as its economic one.
A thousand tales span 100 years in Jozi epic
A thousand tales span 100 years in Jozi epic
Copywriter, playwright and novelist Harry Kalmer is at home with words. In his new novel, A Thousand Tales of...
​My friend, the Trustafarian
​My friend, the Trustafarian
Robert Kiyosaki launched himself on to my bookshelf in '97 with Rich Dad, Poor...
Mashonisas and the middle class
Mashonisas and the middle class
In 2003, Sebastian Mvundla* lost his job as a security guard at a black-owned advertising company in Sandton. The developers were expanding the...
A surreal sojourn across Europe
A surreal sojourn across Europe
In isiXhosa “ukufukuza” refers to the act, or rather the art, of moving quickly hither and thither. The word is somewhat onomatopoeic,...
We’re living La La Land
We’re living La La Land
La La Land deserves its record-breaking 14 Oscar nominations, I realise. When I saw the movie, I wasn’t blown away.
Art fair ­offers more than sales
Art fair ­offers more than sales
Art fairs, as fancy and glamorous as they seem, are annual sobering reminders that art, which is fondly framed as having “cultural value”, is...
The weekly pop sack: Life in the time of disgrace
The weekly pop sack: Life in the time of disgrace
OPINIONSouth Africa lost some more moral ground last weekend. It all started at our version of The Jerry Springer...
Need an Arts fix? Don't miss these events
Need an Arts fix? Don't miss these events
Andrew Tshabangu, Footprints at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg....
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Buchi Emecheta (July 21 1944 – January 25 2017), more than anyone else, epitomised the modern Nigerian novel in English during the 1970s, much as...
​Music initiatives subvert whiteness in Cape Town's city bowl
​Music initiatives subvert whiteness in Cape Town's city bowl
About a fortnight ago, I found myself at a live Mndsgn gig. A chilly breeze and typically late Cape Town sunset set the open-air scene while the...

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