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Nompumelelo Ebronah Moholo: The first lady of jazz

Mpumie Moholo (1947-2021), who passed this week, was the engine driving the success of her husband, jazz drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo

Violet Gwangwa: Natural class, nurturing brass

A builder of networks and a tactical freedom fighter, Violet Molebatsi Gwangwa nurtured not only the liberation movement, but also the creative spirit within her family

Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere

The life of blues pioneer Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and her song Black Bottom have been turned into a film. Bongani Madondo laments its anticlimax

Niger museum is eclectic national ‘mirror’

It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo

Meeting DOOM, the man behind the mask

Hip-hop artist DOOM passed away in October, but the world found out only last week. Mpho Moshe Matheolane met the man himself in 2013

The Portfolio: Lewis Holiday

Photographer Lewis Holiday’s late-’90s image of DOOM captures the hip-hop artist’s early experiments with concealment

The rhyme and reason behind DOOM’s villainy

Hip-hop auteur Daniel Dumile’s rapping was fuelled by a remarkable erudition, his multiple characters broaching diverse topics with a beguilling playfulness

Forever dope: Stahhr on lessons from DOOM

DOOM collaborator Stahhr shares game from the masked villain and how they crafted some of hip-hop's dopest songs

Don’t Miss: An update of in-person and virtual events

From ballet, to art exhibitions to podcasts, there’s plenty on offer in the cultural world to capture your attention this weekend

The Portfolio: Percy Mabandu

Writer and visual artist Percy Mabandu talks about the energy of his portrait of Bra Winston Mankuku Ngozi, entitled ‘The Bull’

Excerpt: ‘Taking a Six for a Nine: Sexual imagery in the Trinidad Calypso’

Keith Warner explores the sensual pulse of calypso, focusing on the Mighty Sparrow, in an essay from the ‘Erotique Noire’ collection

The Portfolio: Sabelo Mkhabela

Sabelo Mkhabela, a ‘writer who can take photos’ tells us about the image he took of American rapper Joey Bada$$ at Oppikoppi in 2017

Xenergy: Domiciled in Shane Eagle’s universe

With the pandemic crimping the flow of Xenergy, Shane Eagle has released a virtual performance in the form of a visual album

Picking up threads from the cutting room floor

Lesiba Mabitsela’s multidisciplinary project interrogates the influence of modernity through examining the intersections between fashion and architecture

Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events

From art exhibitions to film festivals, we’ve got your entertainment covered this weekend to the next

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