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Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 24 March 2016

Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

Buhle Ngaba (25) is a natural storyteller. “I’ve always been interested in performing and telling stories,” says the Cape Town-based actress. “But I’ve always been disheartened by the fact that none of the stories I read growing up had characters that looked or spoke like me. They didn’t reflect my day-to-day reality.” Buhle has recently...

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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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Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

by: Kgorula Bitterhout - 22 June 2015

Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

“Diary of a Zulu Girl started as a prank on a friend,” says Mike Maphoto, who started writing a fictional story of a traditional Zulu girl who moves from KwaZulu Natal and gets a taste of the high life in Jo’burg. The story has now earned itself 200 000 followers on the blog. Imagine if you could...

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Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 2 March 2015

Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

Upstairs in the coffee shop, people were enjoying the music and mingling with a glass of wine here and a bottle of beer there. By 19:25 they had already filled up the basement of Bean Republic ready for the second instalment of Imbawula which started at 19:30 as promised. The event which is meant to be intimate...

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Win tickets to ACT UJ arts and culture conference

by: Live Events - 27 February 2015

Win tickets to ACT UJ arts and culture conference

Are you a creative or aspiring creative? We have two tickets to giveaway for this cool event which is happening at University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the 8 to 10 March 2015! ACT / UJ Arts and Culture Conference 2015 Brought to you by Arts and Culture Trust, UJ and the British Council Connect ZA...

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Storytelling night… Imbawula 2.0

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 26 February 2015

Storytelling night… Imbawula 2.0

  Storytelling is among the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling is the commonality of all human beings, in all places, in all times.— Rives Collins Random Window and Quarphix Foundaion bring you this year’s first Imbawula session at Bean Republic in Illovo. The aim of the event is to preserve the ancient art of storytelling while...

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Vhusiku Vhutswu by Tsireledzo Mushoma

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 9 February 2015

Vhusiku Vhutswu by Tsireledzo Mushoma

Vhusiku Vhutswu (Darkest Night in Tshivenda) is a Tshivenda youth novel written by Gold Sanlam Prize winner for Youth Literature and M-Net Literary Prize winner in the Tshivenda category, Tsireledzo Mushoma. Tsireledzo first broke into the literary world with the publication of a short story as part of a POWA anthology in 2005. She has since...

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Great book to read this summer: Zakes Mda’s “Rachel’s Blue”

by: Simamkele Matuntuta - 7 January 2015

Great book to read this summer: Zakes Mda’s “Rachel’s Blue”

  Award-winning author, Zakes Mda, has once again written a page-turner that is so real you can feel yourself a part of it. This book, Rachel’s Blue, is set in a close-knit community of Jensen township, in Athens county, Ohio. In this book, you will meet Rachel Boucher, Moira Boucher (AKA Nana Moira, Rachel’s grandmother)....

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So you want to be … a publisher?

by: Simamkele Matuntuta - 1 January 2015

So you want to be … a publisher?

Our “So you want to be…” weekly series aims to help you in the process of choosing a career. We will be speaking to a practising professional to tell us about their field of work. This week, we speak to James Woodhouse (35) who is a publisher at Kwela Books. Simamkele for LiveSA: What does...

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Imbawula was on fire

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 12 December 2014

Imbawula was on fire

Last night, I attended the inaugural Imbawula hosted by Random Window and Quarphix Foundation at Bean Republic. Imbawula is an essential initiative and I’m proud to have been one of the first people to be a part of the movement. The venue which was intimate and cosy, with candles illuminating the room (an ode to a mbawula) was filled...

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