by Christopher Clark / 27.08.2014 / …the next morning I’m on the road again to Mthatha and Qunu. I see all the Mandela sights and ask Velile, my guide for the day, if we can see the grave but he says the security won’t let people anywhere near it. At Qunu, I slide down the same rock slide that Mandela used to ride as a boy. I get the technique wrong and cut my hand. Blood is spattered on the rock when we leave. Three perfectly round drops.
by Morrel Shilenge / 26.08.2014 / “Arise and shine, for your light has come!” These words are spoken on the vocal hook that characterises the hit on beat master Black Coffee’s 2011 album Africa Rising; a triumphant moment on the global house scene, and was one of the most exciting sounds yet heard of the rising African genre.
by Don Pinnock / Images by Arthur Elliott / 25.08.2014 / Cape Town, circa 1900. Arthur Elliot worked hard and long at his obsession. With camera poised, he would wait for hours in the heat of the sun to highlight the curve of a gable or the play of shadows down a sidewalk. Often he would position friends and their children in slightly stiff but aesthetically correct positions to set off his beloved buildings.
Luca Barausse / 21.08.2014 The Miners Shot Down documentary about the brutal Marikana massacre screened at Live The Venue in Durban at the weekend. The story I witnessed left me heart broken, compelled to
Paul Blom / 21.08.2014 We love to compartmentalise ourselves in factions. It’s that tribal instinct. Besides the obvious religious and ideological divides, there are far less deadly ways by which we identify
Paul Hjul / Illustration by Trevor Paul / 20.08.2014 How should an obituary for a comic be written? Do we bury the comedian? Or praise him? Does the notion that tragedy and comedy are different only in timing compel
Karl Kemp / Images by Jaco du Plessis / 19.08.2014 We’re winding through the Hex River Valley, into De Doorns. The landscape rolls by like an oil painting. We pass some beaming youngsters selling grapes; the kind of guys that
Faith 47 / 18.08.2014 Faith 47's murals in the Durban inner-city are complete. “I’m exploring the notion of the informal economy," says Faith of the subject matter she chose. "I was struck by the
Tseliso Monaheng / 18.08.2014 Seated a metre or so from me is Africa's biggest star, Davido. In-between us, various brands of bottled liquor decorate a table made of transparent glass. My humble contribution to
Milton Schorr / Images by Chris Preyser / 15.08.2014 Oppikoppi is a river running through the bushveld, swirling in a circle. In the river are souls, each topped by a pair of eyes, marveling at the sights as they
Jon Monsoon / 14.08.2014 It’s something when accomplished international artists tell you that they are honoured to be part of a great line-up, and to know that they actually mean it. Kudos then to
Joshua Maserow / 13.08.2014 Deep within the aisles of Benoni Discount Stores, the chipped steps of a staircase descend into the heavy gloom of the stockroom. Narrow paths scythe through piles and piles of