MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Bubblegum icon Condry Ziqubu returns

Several of the South African music industry veteran’s classic tracks have been re-issued by Afrosynth Records

Pass Over: Waiting for nothing less than a shift

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu’s response to Waiting for Godot is a crystal-clear directive: stop killing us

The Portfolio: Breeze Yoko

Breeze Yoko’s poster for Denderah Rising finds new life as the cover for Georgia Anne Muldrow’s VWETO III

Somi’s Holy Room breaks the sounds of silence

Somi’s latest album, recorded live with a big band, was released as an ode to music-starved fans and empty theatres

Don’t Miss: Our selection of events and shows to indulge in over the Easter break

Fancy figuring how a torn-up shoe inspired Sechaba Morojele’s new film? Or sipping cocktails while listening to Tefo Mahola? Whatever your tastes, we’ve got you covered this long weekend

The Portfolio: Virtual-reality filmmaker Shelley Barry

Shelley Barry’s Here is one of eight virtual reality films being shown as part of RapidLion 2021

Comic Loyiso Gola’s ‘Unlearning’ is superb storytelling, but just that

“How much of your life is just living off other people’s expectations of you?” he asks in his new special. While thought-provoking, the real question is: Is it funny?

Reimagining Rasta, the father of Art Comedy

In theorising his oeuvre, it seems that the ‘people’s painter’ is most likely working in a new mode

Pandemic travel: Tala Game Reserve embarks on a turnaround

Travelling during the pandemic: Tala was rocked by mismanagement and then Covid-19, but proved to be resilient

Dr Nawal El Saadawi: A daughter of Egypt remembered

A fellow Egyptian writer pays tribute to the author, doctor, feminist, radical socialist and dissident, who passed away on 21 March

Colouring outside the box: How local hip-hop artists are disrupting media

Artist-run platforms are overtaking traditional media, but what does this mean for a critical approach?

Review: ‘The Mother of All Eating’ suffers an unworthy restaging

The Market Theatre’s latest incarnation of Zakes Mda’s play is found sorely wanting

The Portfolio: [BR]OTHER by James Oatway and Alon Skuy

In their new book, photojournalists Alon Skuy and James Oatway situate their often harrowing images among contextual writing

Why Indian films are so popular in Ghana — and have been for decades

The history of Indian visual media in Ghana extends all the way to the mid 1950s

Harari: a union of music, defiant politics and African pride

Two pivotal Harari re-releases shine new light on the Soweto Soul movement. Gwen Ansell writes about the ‘Rufaro/ Happiness album’

Review: Restaging the history of Mansa Musa through ‘Sun of the Soil’

This performative documentary restores the historical record of the ‘great king’ of Mali

The Portfolio: Robyn Field’s recurring archetypes

For the artist, creating work helps her make sense of her feelings around complex and heated subjects

The king, Queens and MaXhosa: Ruth E Carter’s blockbuster costume designs

Ruth Carter and Laduma Ngxokolo’s collaborative costumes make ‘Coming 2 America’ easier on the eye

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