Pelican fantasy: How the iconic Soweto club influenced South African music

A nighttime haunt in the backstreets of Orlando run by a well-known bootlegger should have been a prime zone for nefarious underworld activities. Instead, it nurtured an underground of a different kind

Sidney Poitier: Stone cold when ‘cool’ was not even a factor

Pioneer actor and activist Sidney Poitier, who died at age 94, alchemised the Black condition into a dignified on-screen presence in the 20th century. Bongani Madondo wrestles with his legacy

The Lost Daughter explores motherhood’s complexities

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s new film is best viewed alongside its origin novel by Elena Ferrante

‘Camouflage’: Tales from the powerhouse of modern African writing

An extended version of this anthology promises more writings from Nigeria’s nooks and crannies

‘Be My Baby’ singer Ronnie Spector dies at 78

Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind immortal classics like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain,” died after a battle with cancer.

Unique style: Where meaningful artistic conventions are born

Five artists share their insights on inspiration, perspective, and perfection

High returns put fun in fungi

The cannabis and mushroom market is not yet saturated in South Africa, which means profit is realistic

Dusting off musical gems through the art of the remix

Gallo retraces its steps for new gold in its legacy project series Gallo Remixed

Robbie Shakespeare: A manipulator of space and sound

A master of a sparse, propulsive style, Robbie Shakespeare’s bass spoke volumes

Dolly Rathebe: South Africa’s original black superstar

Dolly Rathebe’s musical legacy is inseparable from the cultural life of Sophiatown.

Robbie Shakespeare: A silence louder than a bomb

A master of feel, Robbie Shakespeare’s bass spoke through the silence

South African artist Lazarusman elated to be part of Grammy nominated album

Slam poet Lazarusman’s vocals feature on and inspired the title of Booka Shade album Dear Future Self.

M&G Thought Leaders’ top books of 2021

The Mail & Guardian asked a few of the regular contributors to the ThoughtLeader platform to give us their views on the top three books they read this year

Paternoster’s palatable (and unpalatable) fare

A gastronomic road trip to the West Coast fishing village uncovers new flavours

Fine-dining in Pinetown: It’s all in the timing

Sustainability and care feed into every aspect of the high-end meals at The LivingRoom

A holiday for the soul: Home is where the beach is

Revisiting a childhood holiday spot — Chintsa in the Eastern Cape — helped to kickstart recovery from burnout and depression

Beach scribe keeps Cape Town perfectly carved

Self-taught beach calligrapher Andrew van der Merwe explains how he has carved a career as a professional lettering artist

The Blue Train: A trip of luxury, stunning vistas and scenes of devastation

Trainspotter Rafs Mayet’s maiden Blue Train voyage evokes his family history and comparisons to other locomotive rides he has taken

Does trad media get amapiano?

The divide between mainstream media and amapiano artists is of both parties’ making