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Tsonga mixtape with love from Sho Madjozi

Sho Madjozi's latest mixtape honours her Xitsonga roots – and Thomas Chauke approves

The Portfolio: Thobani K

The photographer considers water as a healing force as his cow gives birth

Artist Hussein Salim’s journey to find his place in the world

Mary Corrigall meets with the Sudanese artist on the occasion of his largest solo exhibition in Joburg

Half of the National Arts Council’s PESP funding has gone to a connected 12%

Roadies’ report shows members had first dibs on the National Arts Council’s money

‘Photographs In Our Mother Tongue’: The new South Africa under scrutiny

A retrospective of photographic works at the Standard Bank Gallery offers a snapshot in time

Afr(Ind)ian Fiction: Reckoning with belonging

A collaboration featuring Dhruv Sodha, Shailesh Pillay, Muhammad Dawjee and Othnell Mangoma Moyo has lifted up the musicians’ individuality

National Arts Council surplus policy ‘breaks Act’

A funding policy loophole seems to be encouraging feeding at the trough at the NAC

The Portfolio: Lindokuhle Ndlovu meets Mr Mbhele

A chance encounter with a stranger had the photographer rethinking the meaning of scars

Hearing Coltrane: Like watching a grown man learn how to speak

Watching several of Coltrane’s harmonic and melodic experiments at the cusp of the 1960s, Amiri Baraka emerges frightened, yet energised

Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of live and in-person events

Travels in Afrofuturism, Themba Mkhize and an exhibition focusing on Johannesburg’s informal recyclers take centre stage in our weekly events guide

Escape from Pretoria: ‘Our cells were on the first floor, so there was nowhere to dig to’

How Tim Jenkin, Stephen Lee and Alexandre Moumbaris escaped Pretoria Central with a handmade wooden key

Matthew Krouse’s ‘mid-career retrospective of a no career’

An exhibition of Matthew Krouse’s underground films reveal an agitator awed by the tradition of ‘dirty queens’

The voices in Makhafula Vilakazi’s head

A poet raised in transit, Makhafula Vilakazi speaks from the margins, even as he has almost escaped them

The Portfolio: John Phalane’s art ‘gives me a sense of being myself’

Emanating from years spent behind the wheel, the artist’s style is part memory, part imagination

‘Skemerdans’: A mal interpretation of Cape Flats nightlife

Amy Jephta and Ephraim Gordon have written and directed a noir TV series that evokes nostalgia as well as tension and violence

Chichu Art Museum: ‘A site to rethink the relationship between nature and people’

A visit to Japanese art island Chichu is both a meditation and an education

(R)evolution in 4/4: The contribution of South Africa’s urban music to new meanings of freedom

Kwaito and house music have broadened the scope of struggle and stretched the definition of freedom

Cabin Fever: A short story by Phumlani Pikoli

Cabin Fever was originally written in June 2020 and edited by KT

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