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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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Watch the trailer of The Wound, a film about sexuality and manhood

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 19 January 2017

Watch the trailer of The Wound, a film about sexuality and manhood

You can now watch a trailer of The Wound, a South African film that aims to challenge narrow depictions of African masculinity. The film, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival (January 19 to 29) in Utah, USA, stars soul singer Nakhane Touré and actor Bongile Mantsai, winner of a 2011 Fleur Du Cap award...

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7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 25 November 2016

7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

2016 brought us melodic trap music, known as trapsoul (named after American singer Bryson Tiller’s album of the same name). South Africa, not to be left behind, has also produced a few trapsoul singers who are holding it down. Here a few you definitely need on your playlist this festive season: Tellaman Tellaman doesn’t dab,...

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[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 October 2016

[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

Yesterday, Cape Town #FeesMustFall students marched to parliament to protest for free and decolonised education. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was giving the mid-term budget policy statement in parliament. The minister came out to accept and sign the students’ memorandum then went back into the National Assembly. Students stayed outside parliament singing protest songs. In the afternoon, chaos ensued....

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Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 26 October 2016

Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

You’ve heard the the tag – the “Ambitious” whisper at the beginning of your favourite SA trap songs. Ambitiouz Ent is undebatably the best hip-hop stable in South Africa currently. It’s home to Emtee, Fifi Cooper, A-Reece, B3nchmarQ, DJ Citi Lyts, Miss Pru DJ and Saudi and their latest signee, Amanda Black. The label has...

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In memory of Mandoza, one of the most confident kwaito artists of all time

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 19 September 2016

In memory of Mandoza, one of the most confident kwaito artists of all time

Even though he had been reduced to just a face on a meme for “bad English” and hadn’t released music that resonated since the mid-2000s, Mandoza was an important figure in South African culture. We all know how “Nkalakatha” became a song loved by all races, playing in both the hood and rugby matches. The...

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How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 6 September 2016

How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

Kimosabe’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are all over radio these days. Be it on DJ Clock’s latest dancefloor anthem “Wolves” or DJ Dimplez’s “Bet It All” alongside the rapper Maggz. Last year, the vocalist appeared on DJ Ganyani’s House Grooves 9 album on a song called “Heaven”. However, Kimosabe’s not just a vocalist. He’s a producer,...

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These photographers are tackling depression through their work

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 17 August 2016

These photographers are tackling depression through their work

There’s still a stigma attached to mental illness in the black community. Some don’t even recognise it as a sickness – you are usually told you are being weak, especially if you are a man, because you are stereotypically expected to be strong. Three South African artists are using their lenses – stills and video...

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10 notable South African female rappers of all time

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 August 2016

10 notable South African female rappers of all time

Our list of the most influential women in local rap history includes many impressive names: Like Yo Girls, the first ever all-female South African rap crew who performed in the ’80s, to the new crop of rappers, like Fifi Cooper, Kanyi, Gigi Lamayne and more. These rappers are ensuring women’s presence in hip-hop is felt and influencing...

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This Eastern Cape artist is running a stunning series of portraits for Women’s Month

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 4 August 2016

This Eastern Cape artist is running a stunning series of portraits for Women’s Month

Qhama Masawana’s drawings are done using pen and acrylic paint on cartridge paper. The 25-year-old fine artist from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, recently released a new portrait series called Beauty of Difference. Like most of his work, the series focuses on women, “I enjoy painting female portraits the most,” he says via...

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