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  • Leading While Black

    “[T]he world has more than one way of keeping you a nigger, has evolved more than one way of skinning the cat...”- James Baldwin, No Name in the Street Civility is a register I briefly traded in while the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the Welkom Campus of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).

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  • Free Traditional Instruments Concert

    Three giants of indigenous African music are set to stage a memorable free concert at the Wits Theatre in Johannesburg on 25 November. Multi-award-winning South African musician Dizu Plaatjies, Senegalese Kora maestro Noumoucounda Cissokho and prolific Durban musician Bavikile “MaBhengu” Ngema, will showcase traditional African instruments at the event dubbed “Traditional Instruments Concert”.

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  • R.I.P Peter Nthwane

    Thursday, 17 November 2016, the Sand du Plessis theatre housed hundreds for the memorial service of Free State's finest vessel of God’s laughter Peter Nthwane. His life was celebrated with plenty of music, obviously and deservedly. God was tickled to come nice by the Free State Ensemble; and I learnt that Peter had more than a hand in turning this group of talented musicians into a formidable force.

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  • So Solo 2016

    In a year wracked by turbulence and reckoning, three young, diversely talented artists bring their war chant to stage at this year’s So Solo festival running at Wits Theatre, Braamfontein from 23 November to 4 December.

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  • The Hidden Antagonism

    I've said this before and I'm going to repeat it until some people’s pubes turn grey. My reading of feminism makes it simply antithetical to Christianity and Islam. That is to say, you can't be a feminist and a Christian or Muslim at the same time!

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  • The Unchallenged Hegemony Of White Philosophy In The “New” South Africa

    The apparent whiteness of South African Philosophy is not something which was readily visible to me before I acquainted myself with the peculiar history of how the present came to be.

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  • Faces

    Faces tell a thousand stories. Faces can tell a thousand lies. The stone sculptors of Zimbabwe have the artistic ability to carve a face out of rock in a myriad different ways, be it human, spirit, fish or fowl. It is a skill that has been centuries in the making.

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  • Period

    One afternoon at the age of 16, I felt something very different happening in my body. It turned out to be my first period that was happening with just an hour and half of school left. When the bell rang I was probably the first person to leave the school and rushed home because I seriously thought I was dying. And If I was going to die, I was going to die at home and my mom would find me on the kitchen floor when she came home from work.

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  • Tumi Mogorosi & Gabisile Motuba: SANCTUM SANCTORIUM

    Sanctum Sanctorium, the new album by SAMA nominated drummer Tumi Mogorosi and jazz vocalist Gabisile Motuba, will be released next week when they also embark on a tour of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. Unique in its approach to the jazz genre, Sanctum Santorium fuses jazz with classical elements. They will perform with their Swiss and German album collaborators Malcolm Braff and Sebastian Schuster on bass.

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  • Thandiswa Mazwai - Belede

    "Having been in the industry for so long, I’ve known the team here from when I started with Bongo Maffin in 1998, so it’s just comfortable. I’m happy that Universal music will make sure that everyone gets to hear the amazing music.”

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  • Mafika Gwala’s Shadow Rises To Ask: Who Threw The First Stone?

    Amongst us South Africans no one has bothered to ask, why the students’ protest had to be so plague-ridden with violence. We all know where the whole fix lies. Nevertheless, the violence and arrests of protesters has made it clear that sooner or later the class-privilege cookie must crumble. That’s why all the snub-snubbing has had to follow, expectedly.

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  • 5 Times Your Privilege Becomes A Problem

    That’s 9 letters of the alphabet. 9 letters that when strung together cause complete bafflement among many people, especially among the products of the “Rainbow Nation”. It is a word that plays a vital role in many of our social interactions and by its very nature, causes contention.

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  • Dzunisani Maluleke

    This series of landscapes, symbolizes my journey and the places I have been to. The telephone line is a symbol of my father’s presence/absence. The landscapes also allude to where I come from in Giyani. The woman is a symbol of victory because they were the strong figures in my family and the village as a whole. So it is important for me to capture them in my artistic endeavours.

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  • Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival

    Following the successful collaboration between insurance firm, Assupol and world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice, Hugh Masekela, the pair are proud to announce their continued collaboration on the third Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.

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  • Africa’s History Incomplete Without Truth Into Machel’s Death

    When the wind blows, which happens often up there in the Lebombo mountains that separate South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, the air is filled with this haunting, eerie sound.

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  • The Sky Takes Notes When We Speak

    The poets were prophets, they spoke in tongues, for real, they spoke in tongues that our hearts and minds could decipher, my spirit was at peace throughout most services, however, some of these seers shook me, sometimes I found myself so deep into a poem that I would imagine myself there; there where the poet speaks of.

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  • Interracial Relationships With White People And The Basis Of A Pro-Black Separatist Posture

    There is no white person who is as devilish as the one who takes offence when excluded from the sensitive healing and restorative endeavours and programs of the Black Family. We have so much self-hate and debilitating White Power produced rage in us to deal with as a family.

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  • A Letter To Black Police Officers

    How are you today? Well, we hope. You may be wondering who we are , why we have decided to write to you and perhaps why we are addressing you as a “Black Police Officer”- as opposed to just saying “Police Officer”.

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  • Zuko: The People

    People have often asked Zuko why she did not pursue a solo career and why she wasn't signed to some big label. Over the years, her response has ranged from "I don't think anyone is interested" to "I don't think I can" and more recently "I know what I deserve and I'm finally ready for it".

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  • A Trackside Story

    On a week’s edge at a venue dense with artistic overtones, a group of beatmakers, DJs, live musicians, singers and emcees present themselves in their element charged to intensify underground music culture. Theirs is to construct a narrative that highlights and celebrates the genius that exists in Soweto’s creative community.

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  • Free Education Live

    With no end in sight and the government remaining steadfast in its refusal to genuinely find solutions that will bring about free and decolonised education, being a fallist continues to take its toll on comrades who none the less remain resolute and dedicated to the decolonial cause.

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  • Universities As European Mentacide Camps

    Euroversities, as a matter of truth, fact, proof and history, have served White Supremacy a great deal in falsifying African Consciousness for the purpose of inducing in us historical amnesia. Let Black History be taught for the purpose of tracing our steps back, study trends and patterns of history forming the causal chain that links to the present to better know and understand who we are, where we come from, our epistemological and cosmological frame of reference, what was done to us, its effect and magnitude, so as to know, at present, what is to be undone.

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  • “2”

    He left the practice of law and joined the National School of Photography, Pretoria, where he completed his diploma in photography during 2007. As a form of creative expression, photography became the pathway to his artistic side, which he has since developed parallel to his career as one of South Africa’s top defence attorneys.

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  • Not Set In Stone