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The Portfolio: Siyabonga Mahlaba

The Reformed Structures photographic series marries Siya Mahlaba’s love for architecture and photography with his inquiry into segregation in the Dutch Reformed Church

Umshini uyakhuluma: Technology encroaches on the human touch in Nguni Machina

The metric of success for Vulane Mthembu’s Nguni Machina won’t be how many people stream it, but if listeners can’t tell if the music was made by artificial intelligence

Pope Zille speaks her truth: Go woke stay broke

Helen Zille decries using ‘lived experience’ in woke arguments, but does so herself in her latest book, says Shaun de Waal

Women stand-up comedians in Zimbabwe talk about sex – and patriarchy

Regarded as an unserious practice, stand-up comedy in Zim is one of the few spaces where women have an audience

what life; i insist on dying here

Mbe Mbhele meditates on death and blackness on the occasion of his father’s funeral

[BR]OTHER: Xenophobia born of dreams deferred

A new book of images and essays about the Afrophobic violence in South Africa attempts to take the narrative forward

Characters are landscapes in ‘This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection’

The fêted This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection finally hits national cinemas on 21 May. Director Lemohang Mosese speaks about working with Mary Twala Mhlongo, mothers, and more

The Portfolio: Thandokuhle Ngcobo

The photographer’s study looks at appearance-based prejudice

State of emergency: The rise and the alchemy of the people’s hit

South African artists found a musical identity and a way to code political messages in the anxious 80s

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

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