by Samora Chapman / 01.10.2014 / Meet Madala Kunene, the King of Zulu blues. He’s a cheeky old bastard with a wicked tongue and a most infectious smile. At 67, he has nine children (the youngest of which is three), and has been making music for six decades. His powerful life force is expressed in everything from his colourful outfit to his masterful grooves and the spark in his eyes.
by Hagen Engler / 01.10.2014 / Shifty was the label of the Voëlvry movement – a rock ‘n roll movement that challenged the racist apartheid government from within the ambit of white culture. The music gave protest artists a voice, helping to conscientise white hipsters and showed the apartheid government that even their core constituency disagreed with them. The Shifty legacy was celebrated down at Bassline in Jozi last week…
by Karl Kemp / Images by Kahl Kritzinger / 30.09.2014 / Blue Team Leader is telling us that we gotta be like water, flowing up and down the mountain with the same kind of energy that a river has, that we should sing to the plants, imbue them with our positivity. Feel Mother Earth. Soak up her energy. Or was that the impossibly supple yoga instructor from this morning? My streams of consciousness keep crossing.
Karel Kopbeen / Images by Sean Brand / 25.09.2014 Fokofpolisiekar – that legendary group of musicians from Belleville – has defined Afrikaans rock ‘n roll for the last 10 years. The band burst onto the scene in 2003, with
Tseliso Monaheng / 24.09.2014 Tseliso spends a couple days rolling with heavyweight hip hop producer, Brian Soko, and gets an insider's perspective on this side of the music biz...
Lineo Segoete / 23.09.2014 September 5-7, 2014 saw the beginning of a revolution in the politically tense mountain kingdom of Lesotho, with the re-birth of Ba re e ne re literature festival. Ba re
Mooketsi Nthite / 22.09.2014 Mooketsi talks to Jeremy Acton, fervent leader of the Dagga Party, about his crusade for the legalisation of marijuana, and how criminalization of the herb is an apartheid legacy that
Karl Kemp / Images by Pierre Rommelaere / 19.09.2014 There’s something to be said about the state of rock ‘n roll in South Africa (and the world), but it’s not being said by many, at least not out loud.
Don Pinnock / 18.09.2014 There are huge wind farms going up along the Cape west coast. Good news for sustainable energy generation, but bad news for bats... and invariably the planet.
Samora Chapman / 17.09.2014 So it turns out love is the gateway drug to life. Pheromone-soaked Friday night. Summer is here, time to go midnight swimming. Forget my busted psyche, the little black marks
Malini Mohana / 16.09.2014 Men's Health recently published a superlative article called 'What You Can Learn From Her Tatoos'. Not to be outdone, Mahala responds by exposing the truth about okes and their ink.
Matt Vend / 15.09.2014 It’s a typical August Monday morning in Durban – the howling winds are upon us and a whirlpool of rubbish from the weekend is circulating around the inner city, trapped