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Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
There are two ways to define the hive mind concept. In science fiction, this is when the unified consciousness of aliens helps them gain control...
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
For better or worse, Sandy B has always been an artist ahead of his time. In 1994, the Durban-based artist released Amajovi Jovi —...
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
Two takes on the kwaito legacy
BORN TO KWAITO by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu (Blackbird Books)
Weeping before the choir
Weeping before the choir
There is a haunting sorrow which can sometimes accompany gospel music. When it arrives, it is cold and devastating, especially if your faith is...
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
In 2017, after watching an EPK named Gqomwave (the title of both Maphorisa’s and Rudeboyz’s releases; you can guess who coined it...
Better together, and closer apart
Better together, and closer apart
In a defining cover story for Surface magazine last year, Antwaun Sargent declared “Solange is not a pop star”.
Global Citizen: Global force or global farce?
Global Citizen: Global force or global farce?
There is a video in which Hugh Evans speaks about the modus operandi of his philanthropy group Global Citizen, which is hosting a huge charity...
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
In 1985, South African music legend Ray Phiri collaborated with a number of other South African artists on Paul Simon’s legendary Graceland...
Drummer Ayanda Sikade unearths the lost gem 'Movements'
Drummer Ayanda Sikade unearths the lost gem 'Movements'
Ayanda Sikade is not a tall man in stature. In fact, on some bandstands, he seems to disappear behind the drum kit and then into the music. Perhaps...
Beyoncé and co paint the Louvre proudly black
Beyoncé and co paint the Louvre proudly black
About a week ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z released their joint album, Everything is Love, while on stage during the European leg of their On...
The sky’s the limit for ‘DIY’ Eagle
The sky’s the limit for ‘DIY’ Eagle
Shane Eagle is the latest rapper to receive the coveted best hip-hop album trophy at the South African Music Awards (Samas). “It was about...
Beyoncé, Jay-Z release joint album on marriage and identity
Beyoncé, Jay-Z release joint album on marriage and identity
Music's most famous couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album, a long-rumoured collaboration that celebrates their...
The public intimacy of M.I.A.
The public intimacy of M.I.A.
When life confronts you with its (our) messiness and contradictions, it’s generally unpleasant. It is sometimes, to quote Sianne Ngai’s work,...
Jazz festival gives Soweto a boost
Jazz festival gives Soweto a boost
Large-scale, tourist-attracting festivals and celebrations, such as Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter...

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