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Artist Qhama Maswana talks about inspiration behind his hyper-real art

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 21 April 2017

Artist Qhama Maswana talks about inspiration behind his hyper-real art

Eastern Cape artist, Qhama Maswana has an incident that left him with two broken legs to thank for his career. The artist says that when he was growing up in King Williams Town, he broke his legs when a ton of bricks fell on him while he was playing outside. He had to spend three...

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Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 March 2017

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Award shows have become a platform for artists to voice their frustrations about their respective industries. Remember Riky Rick at the Metro FM Awards? Adele at the Grammys, and and and? Four Cape Town-based artists Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs joined the list of those artists during last night’s 52nd Fleur...

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Limpopo’s hottest rapper: “If Cassper Nyovest can fill up The Dome, I can fill up the stadium where I’m from”

by: Nhlawulo Chauke - 22 February 2017

Limpopo’s hottest rapper: “If Cassper Nyovest can fill up The Dome, I can fill up the stadium where I’m from”

Dala Fam, a 24-year-old rapper from Waterval, Limpopo, did a remix to Nasty C’s hit “Hell Naw” last year. He shared the song with Moloko Pretoria host Deso Banks and Moloko Pretoria club DJ Tyga Banks. One of them passed the song onto Nasty C. Nasty C was clearly impressed with the remix, as he...

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He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 2 February 2017

He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

Lawrence “Lonny” Mongalo (28) says it was while working as a telephone consultant for childline in the Free State that he realised the need for alternative ways to educate children on how to report abuse. What the puppets teach the kids Lonny was trained as a puppeteer while working at childline, and he realised how...

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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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Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

by: Qhakaza Mthembu - 15 December 2016

Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

Three days ago, the renowned Joburg performance venue, Bassline, was announced to be closing down. Qhakaza Mthembu, who is one of the founders of the poetry movement Word N Sound is not that perturbed, as she feels the Newtown Arts Precinct (where Bassline is) doesn’t care that much about the arts. Ten years ago you...

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4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 21 October 2016

4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

Mzwakhe Mbuli is the people’s poet. Mzwakhe Mbuli was the people’s poet. Poems of his, like “The Spear Has Fallen” released around 1988, shows how substantial his work was in opposing the previous regime. These days, however, the living legend lays claim to being a resounding must-fallist: pinpointing everything wrong around us with fervour. A cultural...

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This Mabopane artist makes dope street art using salt

by: Mbulelo Roto - 26 August 2016

This Mabopane artist makes dope street art using salt

Pretoria self-taught artist, Percy Maimela (30), discovered his love for art by accident. While working at a retail store in 2004, he walked into the storage room and found some salt spilled on the floor. He says he had a light bulb moment: “The salt was white and the floor was dark. I had 30 minutes...

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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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How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

by: Vuyisile Kubeka - 7 April 2016

How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

Cape Town-based award-winning poet and playwright Koleka Putuma is unapologetically driven and is determined to make sure her passion pays the bills. Not only has she managed to make her brand and craft lucrative at just 23, but she has a clear vision for the journey ahead. “I have no shame talking about and declaring...

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