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Broadway Phenomenon The Color Purple Gets A Rousing Response in South Africa

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:28:19 +0000

It has to be said that for all the noise that there is about a lack of audiences in South African theatres, producers are starting to see that if you want new audiences, you need to start telling stories that represent them. There’s a new development in local theatres that is seeing a budding of […]

Chiwetel Ejiofor Is Filming Malawian Feel-good Story “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:59:51 +0000

According to Shadow and Act the film adaptation of the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is currently being filmed in Malawi. The best-selling book, based on a true story, details the ingenuity of a Malawian boy who saves his village from famine by building a windmill from the […]

Who are we if not for those before us? A conversation with Lebohang Kganye

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:28:38 +0000

There’s a mixture of vulnerability and anxiety that comes with having your photograph taken. For South African photographer and visual artist Lebohang Kganye, it’s been a matter of using that sense of discomfort to create art that speaks to the complexities of ancestry and identity. What makes the young artist’s work stand out is her […]

Congolese-Canadian Pierre Kwenders Makes AfroFuturist Music At The Nexus of Pleasure And Pure Artistry

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:27:04 +0000

  For me, Pierre Kwenders is so many of the sounds I know and love, and some of those I didn’t know would fit together. Pierre Kwenders a.k.a. José Louis Modabi, is a Kinshasa-born polyglot who sings in five languages: Lingala, Tshiluba, Kikongo, English and French.  The Montreal, Canada-based artist, with his leopard print Mobutu-style […]

Celebrating The Legendary Sibongile Khumalo On Her 60th Birthday

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:19:48 +0000

This South African Heritage month, we honour legend and national treasure, Sibongile Khumalo, who celebrates her 60th birthday with a concert series called More Than Three Faces at the Market Theatre from September 22 to 24.  It’s a three-day documentation of musical heritage with ‘passing on the baton’ as the thread that runs through it. […]

Seven Multi-Talented Creatives Share Their Wisdom and Experience

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:41:43 +0000

Shike’s FB post really hit home for me, and I wanted others to gain some perspective from what he said, and so I decided to also ask other creative folk I know and have always admired to share their experiences and wisdom gained in their respective fields. Enjoy. Shike Olsen Gaborone Media maven, photographer, music […]

Challenging Kenyans Over Naked Political Ambition is Kingwa Kamencu’s Revolutionary Message

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:32:44 +0000

She’s a leader with the word ‘King’ in her name, and not only has she dared to challenge the political landscape, but writer, actor, former presidential aspirant and satirist Kingwa Kamencu recently brought forth a lighthearted look at Kenyan politics by doing what everyone was talking about yet not really doing – getting to the […]

Kwasukasukela: The Jobie Clarke Zulu Love Letter We All Need Right Now

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:23:36 +0000

Black people have always done storytelling well. Our love affair with stories as history, as balm, as entertainment, stories as information, representation, lesson – in our oral history, poetry and music – testifies to the esteem that we place on this art form. Stories have long been our classroom, our unifier, our way to be […]

Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola in New SA Musical “Calling Me Home"

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:00:57 +0000

  Picking up the phone for our telephonic chat, Zolani Mahola’s voice is accompanied by a whimper of a tot probably pining for the comfort of its mom. She asks me to hold for a few seconds while she reassures the child before being taken away. It’s a heart- warming, human moment. The chat comes […]

Neo Muyanga and Nancy Mounir’s Cape Town Meander With Cairo In Mind

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:27:35 +0000

Cape Town art gallery Youngblood will host a once-off music performance, by Neo Muyanga & Nancy Mounir titled, ‘Once when Cape strung Cairo’ on Saturday, 5th August.  Many know Muyanga as a very talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, who has given life to diverse artistic investigations such as African opera and was also previously one half of the indie duo Blk Sonshine, […]