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

The Portfolio: Shooting the maestro

It took two shoots to nail down a worthy Barney Rachabane portrait

Spinning into control

Original Creative Breed’s new documentary tracks the trajectory of the underground automotive sport

Malcolm Jiyane: A tale of two albums

The jazz musician’s album comes with a backstory as good as the music itself

Queertopia: In pursuit of an expansive queerness

The reimagined, three-day country of Queertopia dares to imagine a world ‘designed by and for queer communities’

Singer-songwriter Theuns Jordaan dies after short struggle with cancer

The distinctive quality of Theuns Jordaan’s voice meant he became a standard part of the South African music landscape, particularly the Afrikaans market

The refreshing nostalgia of Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic’s adventurous nostalgia is not a testimony to older music being better but rather the artists offer a listening experience that is refreshing because it is so different to what popular ears have become accustomed to

Abdulrazak Gurnah: Nobel prize honours a self-effacing and unassuming talent

Not many knew of the unheralded Zanzibari author who has steadily produced 10 novels

Lewis Nkosi: The physical bearer of the offending word

In his lifetime, Lewis Nkosi arguably saw little effort in terms of intense engagement with his controversial critical inputs. In a review of a new anthology, Unathi Slasha tries to correct that

Hullo, Bu-Bye, Koko, Come In shapeshifts into another dimension

Koleka Putuma’s triumphant adaptation allows audience to see stagecraft influence poetry

The Portfolio: A return to eMbo

Artist Noncedo Gxekwa on the image Isambulo, part of the exhibition Lightworkers: The evidence of things unseen

The Grief of Strangers

Through Umhlobo Wenene’s ‘Imiphanga’, writer Lidudumalingani remembers his mother connecting with the pain of others

The many faces of death

The grief of others can ease our pain in these calamitous times

‘He is taking photographs of your house!’

Why grotesque graffiti the inheritance of the living in Soweto?

In the castle of Bheki Peterson’s care

A master of anecdotes, the late Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson raised a generation of black thinkers

Imraan Coovadia on ‘The Poisoners’ and keeping science honest

Imraan Coovadia’s new book examines how poison has shaped political affairs in Southern Africa