Live Mag

Award-winning filmmaker Zandi Tisani on her evolution in the South African film industry

by: Shingai Darangwa - 25 May 2016

Award-winning filmmaker Zandi Tisani on her evolution in the South African film industry

Zandi Tisani has achieved a lot. This year, the Johannesburg-based filmmaker was part of a team that won two awards at the SAFTAs (South African Film & Television Awards) for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Comedy (Those Who Can’t), and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Drama (Umlilo). To mark Africa Day,...

Read more

Meet the two South African bloggers with over 250 000 followers between them

by: Shingai Darangwa - 29 February 2016

Meet the two South African bloggers with over 250 000 followers between them

Theodora Lee and Aisha Baker are among the bloggers nominated for a 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in the new category Best Blogger (Africa).  We had a chat with the star bloggers about their journeys, audiences, nominations and more. Theodora Lee  Live SA: Please tell us a bit about your journey and what got you into blogging....

Read more

5 hot African artists to look forward to at SXSW in Texas this year

by: Shingai Darangwa - 26 February 2016

5 hot African artists to look forward to at SXSW in Texas this year

Fresh from his first performance on South African soil, Petite Noir, is about to take his noirwave to the other side of the world, to Beyonce’s hometown, Texas. Here, he will perform at one of the biggest music conference and festival in the world – the South by SouthWest (SXSW). But he isn’t the only one...

Read more

See taxi drivers, street vendors and recyclers through the lens of star photographer Kgomotso Neto

by: Shingai Darangwa - 5 February 2016

See taxi drivers, street vendors and recyclers through the lens of star photographer Kgomotso Neto

Kgomotso Neto (25) didn’t grow up with a fascination for photography or go to school to learn the ropes. His work is entirely based on instinct. This instinct has made him one of the most revered young photographers on the continent, leading to his work being featured on the Sunday Times and Between 10 and 5....

Read more

Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

by: Shingai Darangwa - 20 January 2016

Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

Nasty C’s story begins in the narrow halls of his dad’s house in Durban. His 11-year-old brother is holding up a camera phone as he raps and dances shirtless around the house. They had no way of knowing it then, but the song they were recording, “Juice Back”, would become a massive hit, thrusting him...

Read more

Here is why I think #HeForShe is an important campaign

by: Shingai Darangwa - 2 December 2015

Here is why I think #HeForShe is an important campaign

One of the first things that came to mind when my girlfriend told me we’d be having a baby daughter was, “Wow, This is gonna be tough!” I thought that not because I was 18 and solely dependent on my parents, but because we live in a world that will oppress her because she is...

Read more

In conversation with Nakhane Touré on the eve of the release of his new EP, The Laughing Son

by: Shingai Darangwa - 24 November 2015

In conversation with Nakhane Touré on the eve of the release of his new EP, The Laughing Son

    Nakhane Touré tells me that one of his favourite moments was getting booed while performing an opening set for Simphiwe Dana at Bassline. “I loved it. I felt amazing because that moment was meant to destroy me, but I rose above it. This is quite arrogant actually. But being booed, I felt like I was...

Read more

What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

by: Shingai Darangwa - 12 November 2015

What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

When Brian Soko stepped onto the main stage at the Grammy Awards to receive the Grammy for Best R&B Song – awarded for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s hit song “Drunk In Love”, which he produced – he became the first Zimbabwean, and one of a handful of African artists, to have received the most prestigious award...

Read more

Love in the time of feminism

by: Shingai Darangwa - 9 October 2015

Love in the time of feminism

  Young women are more vocal than ever about wanting equality in their relationships. Why? Because feminism. But what does this mean for us young straight men – spawns of patriarchy. Here, I explore how dating and marrying in the time of feminism plays out to help us men get over our patriarchal privilege. The...

Read more

Funniest reactions to AKAs new diss track #Composure

by: Shingai Darangwa - 11 September 2015

Funniest reactions to AKAs new diss track #Composure

AKA dropped his new diss track #Composure this week and Twitter exploded. He ruffled a few feathers with controversial references to Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick and, to everyone’s surprise, Anatii – whom he recently collaborated with on hit track ‘The Saga’. Here are some of the funniest reactions.   Follow Shingai on twitter

Read more