by Russell Grant / 10.03.2014 / Last week I caught Durban’s newest musical add-on, Mickey Burns, at the Roma Revolving Restaurant for The Bose Experience. The Roma Revolving Restaurant is an age old Durban institution. For many decades it has sat atop the Durban skyline, rotating on its gaudy axis and filling patrons with classical Italian food from a menu that I’m sure has never changed. It’s like being on the set of The Godfather.
by Morrel Shilenge / 07.03.2014 / With elections around the corner, politics is taking centre stage. Messages of false hope offering a bright future are uttered, misleading people and drawing them to the polls on false pretenses. A month or a week later, the false prophets vanish… and wait until another election comes. Politics is the new opiate of the people.
by Samora Chapman / Images by Sheldon Wins / 05.03.2014 / It’s New Year’s at Smoking Dragon in the KZN midlands and all the cool kids are out to play. It’s been a long year toiling in the harsh economic sunshine and the youth are more than ready to shed 365 shackles, indulge the senses and metamorph into new beings as the clock strikes midnight. Deep in the mix is one Sheldon Wins, gung-ho photographer and artist, who remembers (in the midst of the madness) that he’s got a photo-shoot to do…
by Christopher Clark / Illustrations by Swishyboy / 05.03.2014 / The immigration officer sat back in his chair and let out a deep sigh, then patted his round belly a few times like a drum, dum-da-dum-dum, staring into space, absorbed in thought. “Do not leave Goma, it is not safe,” he eventually said, “And do not trust anybody. ” Then he lunged forward with sudden force and began vigorously and repeatedly stamping at my passport with his government stationary as if he was trying to oust a particularly fast moving cockroach.
Mahala High Five Brigade / 04.03.2014 Heading down to the local Spur for a steak is not really such a big deal, right? We, the fortunate haves, can generally find the Randelas for a plate of
Kavish Chetty / 28.02.2014 Matthew McConaughey acts with anguished intensity in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) Woodroof lives rough in mid-80s Texas: whiskey, prostitutes, cocaine – and he is suitably gaunt, gruff-throated and
Don Pinnock / 27.02.2014 It began, evidently, long ago and with animal poo. Gentlemen hunters in 14th-Century France needed to identify the droppings of their prey in terms not considered coarse. The invention of
Hugh Upsher / 26.02.2014 Hugh: "I saw you guys when you played Armchair Theatre with Eat This, Horse!" Tutus Guitarist: "Wow. [pauses] That was a while ago, How old are you?" Hugh: "26." Tutus
Christopher Steenkamp / 25.02.2014 "So who are you voting for?" I ask. It’s a tricky line to cross with a stranger, but fuck it, we were both standing in a queue after all. Modernity’s
Kimon de Greef / Images by Belia Oh / 25.02.2014 Sunday, 6pm. We arrive outside Gugu S'Thebe community centre in Langa for the Breathe Sunshine Unity Jam and the dancehall jams are thumping. A guard waves us into a fenced
Dennis Webster / Illustration by Sasan / 24.02.2014 Near to where I live in Sunnyside, Pretoria, is a shopping centre called Sterland. The Ster-Kinekor there seems to be the exception to all rules. Even in Steve McQueen’s emotive
Max Barashenkov / 24.02.2014 Well, you shouldn’t really. That’s somewhere in Europe and we are on the southernmost tip of Africa, so it’s about as relevant to you as monthly rainfall statistics from China.