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Azanian People’s Liberation Army

“The APLA Day anniversary is one of the most memorable in the annual Africanist calendar. On this day we honour the fallen heroes of the Struggle, including the many Poqo combatants who were hanged by the settler regime. It is a great tragedy that many of the veterans who served and sacrificed for freedom are today socially and economically indigent.

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Yenza Kwenzeke

The 2019 edition pays homage to the spirit of spaces, projects, platforms, and patrons that play a vital role in supporting artists and curators who would otherwise have no access to the art world or opportunities to critically reflect on their practices and changes within the larger cultural landscape.

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Women in Photojournalism

The event will also honour South African photojournalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, who was kidnapped in Syria and kept in jail against his will since January 2017. October marks 1 000 days since Mohamed has been held under captivity. Mohamed is one of South Africa’s most respected photojournalists, community media practitioners and Market Photo Workshop alumnus.

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Venus vs Modernity

At the peak of her fame in the early 1800s, Saartjie Baartman became a reference point for abolishionists, fashion designers, and political satirists alike. Her remains were dissected and put on display at the French National Museum for 150 years, and in 2002, Saartjie Baartman was finally returned to the land of her birth, the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape.

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Objects of Desire, Addendum

Objects of Desire, Addendum exists as a postscript to Mokgosi’s acclaimed, long-standing visual essay, Democratic Intuition, of which Comrades, exhibited at Stevenson, Cape Town, in 2016, was the second of eight chapters. Comprising painting and sculpture, Democratic Intuition questioned how one can approach the conceptual promises of democracy in relation to the daily lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa.

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Number One Soweto Boy

Multi award-winning musician Samthing Soweto has become the first local artist to have simultaneous #1 releases on both the Apple Music Singles and Album Charts in South Africa with a Pre-Add release. His latest single Akulaleki (featuring Shasha, DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small) is currently topping the singles chart with his forthcoming album topping the Album chart.

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Sibusile Xaba Live

With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Sibusile Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing. Combined with a guitar style that is rooted in expressive picking, Xaba's music shatters the confines of genre, taking only the fundamentals from mentors such as Madala Kunene and Dr Philip Tabane and imbuing these with a mythology and improvisational intensity all of his own.

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