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Divas come to town

The Redd's Diva Explosion, taking place indoors at the Johannesburg Stadium, writes Riaan Wolmarans.

Recharged and ready

<b>CD Review</b>: Battery 9: <i>Sondebok</i>

Not even a gifted amateur

Jonathan Jones assesses the creative talents of Saif al-Islam Gadaffi.

Boogie back in time

Retro Fresh puts the sounds of South African pop and rock of years gone by back on the shelves. Shaun de Waal spoke to Fresh's Benjy Mudie.

A little Irish goes a long way

Despite the overload of slow songs, the die-hard Ronan Keating fans in the audience had a good time, writes Riaan Wolmarans.

A voice to admire

Riaan Wolmarans reviews Josh Groban's self titled debut.

Tough choices

FNB Vita Art Prize judge Kathryn Smith looks at a winning work that makes something out of nothing.

Comic art of war

The American comic book industry has come back to life with its reflections on the September 11 attacks, writes Joel Pollak.

Renaissance man


An original silence?

A legal dispute has arisen owing to a noiseless track on the Planets's album, <i>Classical Graffiti</i>, called <i>A One Minute Silence</i>, writes Steven Poole.

Ship of fools gets arty

The Trinity Session, has let out that it is involved in colouring the new <i>Big Brother</i>environment with work donated for free by some of the country's biggest artists, writes Matthew Krouse.

Totally gross

Small-to-big-screen transfers have bad form in Britain — but Ali G may just be winner, writes Jason Solomons.

Trucked off

<b>Movie of the week:</b> There is not a lot to say about John Dahl's thriller <i>Joy Ride</i>, except that it is a good movie of its kind, writes Shaun de Waal.

Books for Africa

A 'hit parade' of Africa's best books has been selected. Shaun de Waal reports.

Looking for respect

<b>CD Review</b>: Ronan Keating: <i>Destination</i>

Music of Life

Nicole Temkin sampled some of the films on offer at the Encounters festival, and was entranced by the creativity and insight of Africa's documentary makers.

Poetry, rock and religion

The poet, author and performer Saul Williams — visiting South Africa as part of the Urban Voices festival — has a consuming obsession with the meaning of life and the abstract realm of the afterlife, religion and, well, music, writes Thebe Mabanga.

For the love of a bear

Niki Daly's latest book, Old Bob's Brown Bear is a sensitive account of a triangular relationship between a girl, her grandfather and a bear....