Does trad media get amapiano?

The divide between mainstream media and amapiano artists is of both parties’ making

Mzansi jaz z breaks free and flies in 2021

A slew of new releases and ideas about jazz emerge as artists beat the Covid-19 blues

What lies in between? Musings on the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation

‘Liminality’ is a buzz word in art speak, but does the current Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation exhibition go far enough in meaningfully unpacking it?

Damon Galgut: ‘If one loves South Africa it has to be a dark kind of love’

Damon Galgut, who was born in Pretoria in 1963 and lives in Cape Town, has been writing fiction since he was 17. Last month his novel, The Promise, won the Booker Prize. Imraan Coovadia talked to Galgut about his winning novel

Zeph Mothopeng: A life hard to embody as flesh and blood

Even in death, the legacy of the Lion of Azania – an uncompromising firebrand – remains contested within the Africanist movement

The Portfolio: On the beauty and importance of joyous Black gatherings

Expanding the scope and reach of Culture Review magazine during lockdown wasn’t easy, but it was necessary

Quiz: How much of 2021 do you recall?

Let the Mail & Guardian quiz test your memory mettle before you consign the year to the past

The scramble for Africa in fine dining

Even if Black cuisine were equally represented, the White diner’s gaze will continue to define it

The bleak shelter of Yellow Shade

Dimakatso Sedite’s poems emerge from the shattered futures of South Africa’s townships

Audible’s new stories from Africa

Audiobooks narrated in authentic voices slowly start featuring on the company’s releases

The tragic loss of seed culture

The proposed seed Bills restrict the freedom of seed users to share, save, exchange or sell seed and creates a dependency on bought, modified seed

The Portfolio: Celebrating a great year in African writing

Brittle Paper’s 50 Notable African Books is the product of extensive year-round reportage

50 Notable African Books of 2021: Selected by Brittle Paper

The online publication’s annual list celebrates not only the sheer abundance of African literature but its daring, new directions

Bra Herbie’s instinctive time travels

Jazz is the winner as Herbie Tsoaeli updates his explorations of time in his new album

Meet De Mthuda, the landlord of amapiano

Amapiano super producer De Mthuda is shaping the soundtrack of summer, but prefers to speak through his music, not to journalists, except in this case ...

Extract from ‘Bantu Knots’: The time of budding breasts

Lebohang Mazibuko’s debut novel, ‘Bantu Knots’ is both poignant and relevant — and speaks to teenagers and adults alike

Children of Sugarcane: Where nothing sweet endures

With a rich plot full of surprises, Joanne Joseph’s debbut novel is bound together by a poetic turn of phrase

Johannes Phokela is on the comeback trail

A new exhibition at Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town should reinstate the talented artist as one of South Africa’s leading painters