MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Don’t Miss:Your guide to in-person and virtual events

Art, theatre and literature events to feed your soul this long weekend

Whither the arts in South Africa’s permanent crisis? The flawed logic of singling out Nathi Mthethwa

It is the ANC as a whole that maintains a bureaucratic view of the arts, failing to afford it its proper place in society

Is online the new home for theatre?

Moving to digital platforms has enabled theatre to survive, but audiences have been slow to follow

Bunny Wailer – the stone that the builders refused

Not as commercially successful as his bandmates, Bunny Wailer was a consummate songwriter

Reward outweighs the risk for artists daring to go it alone

The success of galleries owned and run by the artists themselves has led to a re-examination of the business of art

The Portfolio: Deseni Soobben

Deseni Soobben’s sensibilities have changed over the years, but she keeps revisiting the composition and design techniques she learned from her mentors

The many guises of Rami Chuene

Author, actress, philanthropist, singer and translator Rami Chuene fits a lot into her life

The Happenstance at the House on the Hill

During the grind of lockdown, musicians exchanged notes on modes of creating through the barrier

Album review: ‘Indaba Is’, a rite of remembrance

The collaborative album Indaba Is, facilitated by Siyabonga Mthembu and Thandi Ntuli, is greater than the sum of its parts

What lengths would you go to to pay off your debt?

In this extract, from the anthology Upshot curated by Lauren Beukes, the author imagines rich people and voters at home deciding on his character’s fate

The Portfolio: Vulane Mthembu

Well versed in many styles, the producer drew on vintage drum ’n bass to win an international remix competition

Remembering Rosemary Karuga: Artworks of alluring simplicity and extraordinary detail

The Kenyan artist, who recently passed away, was one of the most influential of her generation

Aliens in Lagos: sci-fi novel Lagoon offers a bold new future

Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Lagoon’ is an immersive reimagining of Nigerian society that transports us into a future where queerness is normalised

Lerato Shadi: The body, the land and the toll of unsung labour

The artist continues to give voice to unrecognised labour through her expanding practice that includes durational performance, installation and video work

‘Pictures From the Inside’: The power of the thinking photograph

Through the Lens Collective works away from the ‘instant’ photographer and the exploitative history of the medium

‘Ethos’ and ‘Caryatis’ by George Tatakis reveal a rich tapestry of Greek tradition

As he travels the length and breadth of the country, George Tatakis uses a painterly approach to photography that breathes new life into the traditions and culture of rural Greece

‘I wanted to get to the soul’: Dick Fontaine on his approach to documentary filmmaking

After pioneering ‘truth cinema’ and at least 40 documentary films later, British director and producer Dick Fontaine has settled in Durban

Afro Story: Africana at the push of a button

A new reading app plans to make relevant literature easily available

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