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The Portfolio: Simphiwe Majozi

The photographer uses the medium to connect with aspects of Zulu spiritual practices

David Ngcobo: A maskandi legend who never got his due

Very little is known of the late guitarist, who was a keeper of a stark and foreboding maskandi sound

Maskandi hit list: Sandile Ngidi selects ten of the genre’s heavy hitters

A genre of distinctive, regional styles, Sandile Ngidi selects a list of some of its most influential players

Q&A Sessions: ‘I will be an actor until my last breath’ — James Ngcobo

Veteran actor James Ngcobo, who is also a director, recently scooped his fourth South African Film and Television Awards accolade for his role as a corrupt leader on Netflix’s Queen Sono

Screen grab: The devil is in the retail

In the true crime docuseries “Devilsdorp”, Cecilia Steyn emerges as an entrepreneur of depravity who monetised white South Africa’s legacy of moral panic about Satanism

Angélique Kidjo puts Africa at the centre

Her latest project, Mother Nature, continues a musical trajectory that reflects on Africa’s history, the world’s perceptions of the continent and its influence on music everywhere

The presidential phone call that never was

A country is in flames. Two of its top men square off to say everything and nothing

The Portfolio: Cedric Nunn

This photographer hopes that wise leadership arises to channel the energy of the youth of today, as did their forebears of 1976, into the actions that are necessary to truly liberate our country

District Six: Unearthing memories committed to the grave

Through a combination of architectural photographs and autobiographical stories, a new book constructs memories of this historic neighbourhood

The duplicitous conceit of innovation

Because of the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of innovation, human foolishness and pettiness are often thwarted in favor and pursuit of the bigger picture which, in its essence, is meant to give them ‘dominion over all the earth.’

Hashtags bear a strange fruit: The visual terror of the #Phoenixmassacre

As vigilante groups stepped in to ‘protect’ their property and families, the visual spectacle of death took on a sinister pleasure in some quarters, with Black lives bearing the brunt of this unbridled proprietarianism

Screen Grab: New Dork City

In the sweetly neurotic world of How To With John Wilson, we discover the awkward core of the Big Apple

Leora Farber: Up close and uncomfortably personal

Leora Farber’s current installation at Iziko South African National Gallery unleashes a plethora of associations and emotions

Wild seed, wild solace: Moonga K finds his footing

Born in Zambia and raised in Botswana, the songwriter’s career is coming into full bloom in South Africa

The Portfolio: Simon Pamphilon

An enthusiastic amateur lucks out on a goofy footer in Port Alfred

Inside the head of a Mutant

A film more about an entire culture than one man’s place in it, Mutant gives new meaning to the phrase ‘bigger than hip-hop’

A leap too far for the imagination

‘Baghdad Central’ lacks authenticity, like so many films about foreign lands made by foreigners

Steve Kekana: Blind, brilliant and bold as love

When news of the passing of one of SA’s most iconic musicians broke, Bongani Madondo revisited his songbook and located him in the global pantheon of the greatest vocalists, ever

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