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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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5 young South African women we’re excited about right now

by: Tshegofatso Mphahlele - 3 September 2015

5 young South African women we’re excited about right now

Here is our pick of young and exciting women who are changing the game in their respective industries. The singer: Zoë Modiga Zoë’s voice has enchanted music lovers at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Joy of Jazz and the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival. That same voice recently won her a R200 000 scholarship...

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6 young up-and-coming South African street artists you need to know

by: Jamie Petersen - 9 July 2015

6 young up-and-coming South African street artists you need to know

Street art is often associated with rebellion and destruction. It’s also often overlooked by society and not considered a “real” art form. However, street art today has become more than spraying your name or “tag”. It has become a movement. South African street art veterans like Falko One and Faith47 are testament to this. Street...

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Cape Town company Creative Nestlings bridges the gap between artists

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 2 July 2015

Cape Town company Creative Nestlings bridges the gap between artists

“There aren’t that many platforms that support African creatives,” Dillion Phiri tells me on an anemic winter afternoon in Cape Town. “Sure, there are plenty of blogs that talk about young creatives, but we wanted to go beyond that and be a springboard for young creatives to establish themselves,” he gestures emphatically with his hands...

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Spoken Word with Afurakan

by: Tshegofatso Mphahlele - 17 June 2015

Spoken Word with Afurakan

Poet Thabiso “Afurakan” Mohare will be performing on Thursday at the Live VIP Youth Festival. He is also the CEO of Word N Sound, a platform for poets and musicians in Jozi. We caught up with him to find out his thoughts about the state of South African youth: What do you think is the current...

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AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

by: Lucky Mthabela - 11 June 2015

AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

Melville’s popular spot, Reisi’s Bites, recently came alive with the sound of poetry when the The Word N Sound Live Literature Company and the Department of Arts and Culture presented the AfrWEka Poetry Festival.Poetry might not be for everybody, but it is for me. This is something that I recently discovered after my night out...

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