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For sonic explorers
For sonic explorers
Tinariwen: Elwan
Chasing the Trane inside our souls
Chasing the Trane inside our souls
In Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, directed and written by John Scheinfeld, there are parts where you begin to feel...
The people’s war updated
The people’s war updated
Charles Nqakula begins his memoir, The People’s War: Reflections of an ANC Cadre (2017), not with the usual chronological details, from...
Eating through Spain and Portugal
Eating through Spain and Portugal
An ochre-yellow light accents the Sagrada Familia’s odd angles, strange corners and looming cranes. Sitting on a bench overlooking one of...
Spike Lee revives Nola Darling in a TV joint that hits and misses
Spike Lee revives Nola Darling in a TV joint that hits and misses
There’s a scene in the first episode of She’s Gotta Have It — the 10-episode remake of the original Spike Lee film — in...
Surfing the Gqom Wave to oblivion
Surfing the Gqom Wave to oblivion
To call it a wave or anything similarly short-lived is to undermine it. Watching the Gqom Wave documentary, a seeming accompaniment to DJ...
El Anatsui comes back to Africa
El Anatsui comes back to Africa
Over the years I have often found myself embroiled in passionate debates both at home and abroad about what constitutes contemporary art.
A Brazil travel diary: Nova Terra, Nossa Terra
A Brazil travel diary: Nova Terra, Nossa Terra
I am on Ilhabela, which means “beautiful island”. I am here to work in paradise, on a distant shore where my decolonial daydreams have brought...
When pudding is no trifling matter
When pudding is no trifling matter
My first memory of trifle pudding is one of an eat-and-run mission. It was during the height of Visiting Season — the “Festive Season” to...
The gifts of imperfect everydays
The gifts of imperfect everydays
On a good day, like this one, the morning stroll from my home to the main road takes 15 minutes. It’s 5:30 so my sunglasses can stay deep in the...
For good vibes and an Arts fix, don't miss this
For good vibes and an Arts fix, don't miss this
Premier of Ambuya? Zimbabwe’s Queen of Mbira: Ambuya Stella Chiweshe is in Johannesburg at the invitation of Kelekatla! Library...
Building bridges over taken land
Building bridges over taken land
Once upon a Tuesday morning in Johannesburg (the best time to squeeze joy out of the rock that is the gym), I went swimming at my local Virgin...
Boycott predators’ films. Or not
Boycott predators’ films. Or not
A few weeks ago, an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a sketch about a young woman who decides to go to the...

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