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The weekly pop sack: It’s a movie
The weekly pop sack: It’s a movie
The South Africa we’ve come to know, love and loathe is back for another season after a riveting 2016. We’re fast learning that just because...
Shaka epic born anew, in isiZulu
Shaka epic born anew, in isiZulu
One of the principal functions of uNodumehlezi ka Menzi, the late Professor Mazisi Kunene’s original isiZulu manuscript for his widely...
The shebeens of suburbia
The shebeens of suburbia
‘The white people here don’t really want to see three or four black people in or close to their yards,” says Senzo, lying back in an open...
The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
The story goes that the first grapevines were brought to the Cape in 1655 by European traders. Although Portuguese, French, English and Dutch ships...
Soweto wine festival opts for an upbeat mood in sober times
Soweto wine festival opts for an upbeat mood in sober times
In 2015, the Soweto Wine Festival moved from the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus to Walter Sisulu Square near Kliptown. Wine writer and...
The weekly pop sack: Bring back the spotlight
The weekly pop sack: Bring back the spotlight
When does an awkward moment cross over to the dark side, where it’s just too difficult and too unhandy to be innocent? Where the subtext reeks of...
On our Lists this week: Purity Mkhize and Stacy Hardy
On our Lists this week: Purity Mkhize and Stacy Hardy
In the story Bound to Violence: Scratching Beginnings and Endings (in the book, Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in...
Acceptance speech politics
Acceptance speech politics
When accepting his award for best single for his monster song Sidlukotini at this year’s Metro FM Music Awards ceremony, rapper Riky...
Jonker’s poetry set to music
Jonker’s poetry set to music
Fifty years after Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker vanished into the ocean off Three Anchor Bay, her daughter Simone and her spouse Ernesto Garcia...
A TV and film visionary dies too soon
A TV and film visionary dies too soon
This week saw the death of filmmaker John Volmink. He began his career at JP Morgan as an investment banking analyst before founding Diprente Films...
The weekly pop sack: Midweek roasts, appropriation and black excellence
The weekly pop sack: Midweek roasts, appropriation and black excellence
There is nothing quite like allegedly captured politicians being christened members of Parliament — and by extension ambassadors of our...
The Lists: James Baldwin and SA jazz icons Abdullah Ibrahim and Moses Molelekwa
The Lists: James Baldwin and SA jazz icons Abdullah Ibrahim and Moses Molelekwa
Genes and Spirits: Moses Molelekwa. I’m shuffling between Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’s Genes and Spirits, and I...
For better or worse, SA rap has become all about the money
For better or worse, SA rap has become all about the money
On his 2012 hit song I Want It All, AKA raps: “I be running in the streets like a fly Hector Pieterson/ With my Adidas on/ They say the...
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...
​My friend, the Trustafarian
​My friend, the Trustafarian
Robert Kiyosaki launched himself on to my bookshelf in '97 with Rich Dad, Poor...

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