by Nikhil Gilbert / Illustration by Sasan / 30.07.2014 / Diamonds hold a prominent position in the 21st century culture of engagement and courting. Walking through a shopping mall or flipping through glossy magazines, we will almost certainly come across a slender, elegant, digitally edited model advertising these sparkling gems that are meant to lure would-be suitors in to buying ridiculously over-priced stones for their spouses to be. This surely prompts one to wonder what makes these gems such expensive, invaluable cultural institutions…
by Jon Monsoon / 29.07.2014 / Fletcher Beadon (aka ‘Fletcher in Dub’, ‘Bra Fletcher’, or just ‘Fletcher’), has been putting Cape Town electronic dancehall on the global map since around 2000. He has just announced the release of his latest nugget of studio trickery- the Hayibo! riddim.
by Iain Robinson / Images by Matt Vend / 28.07.2014 / Friday’s march through the Durban city centre was a strange time-warp; part history, part present, part future, all at once. Palestine’s future was the cause, South Africa’s present was the setting and South Africa’s history was the impetus. The reason for this latest show of our democratic right to protest? Apartheid.
Images by pop skiet / 27.07.2014 / Last Sunday, umemulo coming of age ceremony, Kamberg, KZN.
by Kavish Chetty / 26.07.2014 / The setup for this film could not be more gripping for anyone interested in anticolonial and radical African history: nine chapters in which Lauryn Hill narrates excerpts from Algeria-based psychiatrist and anti-colonial theorist Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, set to archival footage of anti-colonial vengeance in various stages and locations across Africa.
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BYE BYE KITTY | THE LAST NUB

by Alastair Laird / 26.07.2014
Okay, so we have a bit of a violent history. But when the Mzansi take on the term 'necklace' ends up in a Hello Kitty kids' dictionary in the UK
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Shield and Spear | DIFF 2014

by Matt Vend / 25.07.2014
Shield and Spear tells the story of the dreams and aspirations of local artists and musicians in post-apartheid South Africa. Mzansi is a country still torn and divided, still suffering
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Beti and Amare | DIFF 2014

by Kavish Chetty / 24.07.2014
The Ethiopia of Beti and Amare has the slumberous atmosphere of a world that has long since surrendered to the apocalypse. Director Andy Siege, a young man who lived his
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Sick Nick

by Mooketsi Nthite / 24.07.2014
Mo catches up with Mzansi's freestyle motocross legend ‘Sick Nick’ De Wit, Africa’s number one FMX rider and world number 5, hailing from Jozi. This cat is more fearless than
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THE LOVE GOT ME BAD

by Marie-Claire de Villiers / 23.07.2014
Marie-Claire de Villiers dances herself crazy at the Cape Town World Music Festival. The sounds of Vieux Farka Touré, Los Tacos, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mix ‘n Blend and others left crowds
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TIK IN THE PLATTELAND: PART I

by Karl Kemp / Images by Jaco du Plessis / 22.07.2014
Worcester, just beyond the Boland wine region, is two hours northeast of Cape Town. It’s the first notable dorp heading into the Klein Karoo platteland – a quiet, rural farming
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COSMIC SOUNDS

by Matt Vend / 21.07.2014
Entering the Pinetown taxi rank after dark is comparable to entering a post-apocalyptic warzone. Litter and debris is scattered throughout the streets as the last surviving humans loiter and wander
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THE KOOLEST KAT

by Tseliso Monaheng / 18.07.2014
It was only a matter of time before a European label scooped Okmalumkoolkat. He tested international waters with 2010s collaboration with Hyperdub’s L.V (entitled Boomslang) and always projects the image
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Roskilde Roaring

by Kevin Goss-Ross / Images by Kevin Goss-Ross & Christoffer Rosenfeldt / 17.07.2014
After giving Mahala the finger a few years back, I approached the Ed for tickets to Roskilde with my tail between my legs, a day before press accreditation closed, thinking
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ROCK, ART, PHUZA

by Hugh Upsher / Images by Dirk Steenkamp / 16.07.2014
With the amount of sophisticated wine drinking going down, the First Thursdays art happening can now claim the title 'Phuza Thursdays For White People'. I carved out a manageable schedule
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