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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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5 fresh African illustrators you should follow

by: Lucille Dyosi - 10 March 2016

5 fresh African illustrators you should follow

Today’s most interesting illustrators are inspired by politics and pop culture, and driven by social media. Here are five of our favourites Misstpink The 29-year-old self-taught illustrator, Thami Zikalala (Misstpink) started designing and illustrating in 2014. What started as a hobby grew into work that now includes celebrity portraits of, among others, house DJ Black Coffee,...

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A graffiti walk through Braamfontein and Newtown

by: Kyle Kheswa - 5 February 2016

A graffiti walk through Braamfontein and Newtown

Live SA photographer and avid skater, Kyle Kheswa, gets around Braamfontein either on his four wheels or on foot, which has allowed him to photograph some of Braamfontein and Newtown’s vibrant murals. Here is what his camera and his mind have captured. Kyle says, “All the billboards, flyers and pamphlets create so much visual pollution, making the city feel like...

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Meet Skubalisto, the graffiti artist behind recent murals of Temba Bavuma and Brenda Fassie

by: Lwazi_NGQ - 29 January 2016

Meet Skubalisto, the graffiti artist behind recent murals of Temba Bavuma and Brenda Fassie

Cape Town graffiti artist Skumbuzo “Skubalisto” Vabaza’s unique style is easy to pick up. In November 2015, he was part of the Lacing Up Langa project, where Red Bull, during their second Amaphiko academy, invited street artists from South Africa and around the world to create an outdoor gallery of murals. The 28-year-old has been...

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Woodstock, where people’s walls form an outside gallery for mural art

by: Storm Wright - 15 December 2015

Woodstock, where people’s walls form an outside gallery for mural art

Amidst the broken down buildings, the poverty  and the glass-littered streets in Woodstock, just a stone-throw from the Cape Town CBD, there is a stunning beauty to be found. A beauty that’s hidden in plain sight. A graffiti haven, if you will. An outside gallery where residents have offered up their houses as canvases for...

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5 young artists who have us excited about politics

by: Dorothy Mhone - 2 October 2015

5 young artists who have us excited about politics

Art is a great way to express social and political issues. Remember the uproar caused by artist Brett Murray’s painting “The Spear”, which depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed? City Press had to take that picture off the internet and the painting was defaced while it still hung in the gallery. But art does not have...

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