by Hugh Upsher / 04.05.2015 / Heino Retief has been in the Cape Town live music scene for close to a decade now, playing bass for The Revelators, The Future Primitives and now fronting his own band The Gumbo Ya-Ya’s. Hugh Upsher chatted to the industrious muso about the local music scene, his musical influences and the challenges of pulling it all together.
by Samora Chapman / 30.04.2015 / I’m not a fan of western medicine. The vast chasm between saving people and big business has never sat well with me. But when the chips are down and the odds aren’t looking good, there’s one person you’re gonna go looking for – the man (or woman) in the long white coat…
by Mooketsi Nthite / 29.04.2015 / The fact that a country like SA, which has a powerful musical heritage, only hooked up its national music awards show in 1994 shows how fragmented the local music industry was just 22 years ago. Back then blacks were experimenting with kwaito while whites had their own guitar bashing rock thing going on… there wasn’t a lot of unity or cross-pollination (in music or society).
by Dashen Naicker / Illustration by Nathan Roodt / 24.04.2015 / “I don’t mind being called Muslim, but it’s inaccurate. I am not Muslim. Brown people with beards are sometimes Muslims. But sometimes they’re Christians, Atheists, Hindus or struggling-to-figure-it-all-out like me.” – Dashen Naicker has nothing to hide in his beard or his heart as he interrogates ignorance and representation.
Samora Chapman / 22.04.2015 Samora Chapman reports from the Durban Peace March, where thousands protested against the xenophobia that has swept KZN. In the wake of the march, city dwellers rose up in fury,
Robyn Perros / 22.04.2015 "South Africans have become good at waiting. We’ve waited for houses, school books, running water and jobs for over 20 years. We’ve waited a long time for some sort of
Hugh Upsher / 17.04.2015 Social media commentators have joined the national debate about colonial statues and there place in the new South Africa. Hugh Upsher transcribes the most cringe-worthy, ignorant and outright racist...
Meghan Daniels / 17.04.2015 She holds her body with grace and confidence and wears high-top leather Tomys that fit her calves with sass. “Look at me. I aint skinny. You see these thick thighs?
Samora Chapman & Robyn Perros / 15.04.2015 It’s 3pm in the afternoon, Tuesday 14 April, Durban city. Foreigners have gathered on Point (Mahatma Gandhi) Road, and are ready to fight for their lives. About 200 people are
Ryan Janssens / 13.04.2015 Ask just about any skater around Durban and chances are they will have a story about Grass Bowl. It was a home away from home for many young surfers and
Robyn Perros / 10.04.2015 "Today, we’re not in Topsy-Turvy Land or The Land of Spells, no Enid Blyton, we’re in Meryl's land and it’s a place where life is sacred, change is possible and
Karl Kemp / Images by Alice Inggs / 08.04.2015 "They kick off with the smash-hit, the colour palette, and god damn if they don’t catch the last winding red slash of sunset over the city just as the song