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CULTURE Review

MAGAZINE

Articles written by Makgotso Nkosi

Mandi Vundla – For Gogo Esther

Mandi Vundla is without a doubt one of the finest poets in South Africa. She has demonstrated her incredible range, mastery of her trade, and uniqueness in the profession for over a decade and this project is proof of her ingenuity.

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Politics Engulfed In Rhythm: Femi Koya

Femi Koya, a contemporary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ploughs a familiar furrow, with a strong focus on the horns and plenty of up-tempo percussions. The Ankara-draped musician exudes such vitality and vigour. Koya is not your typical band leader, although he takes center stage during performances, his repertoire relies on how he seamlessly blends his voice, style and saxophone into the band’s overall sound.

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Celebrating Women in Jazz

The history of jazz music cannot isolate itself from that of women dating as far back as Mbaqanga that had an array of amazing girl bands such as Mahotella Queens, Jabavu Queens, Izintombi Zomoya, Manzini Girls, Dark City Sisters among many others.

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Kube Chosi Kube Hele

The best kind of music has no bounds to genre, no adherence to notations and musical guidelines. To recall Bob Marley and later referenced by Dead Prez, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Buhlebendalo Mda’s, Chosi plays in the realm of salvation. An extension of the will of abaphansi

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The Blesser & The Cursed

There is a woman who will sleep with a man purely on a wing and a prayer, because if she refuses to sleep with him, he will kick her out of his flat in the middle of the night. It’s a power play. Men have it, women, not so much. She is unemployed and an extra financial burden at home. He has a job, a car and his own place.

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I’m Not Your Size

I am always careful and wary of my surroundings, for my daily commute on foot from Noord to Bree Taxi Rank carries potential terror for my kind. But on one morning I am less vigilant; my mind is burdened with personal troubles that kept me awake the night before.

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Impande – The Art Of Healing

The unfortunate arrival of the 1652 travelling party to our shores, not only resulted in unspeakable brutality upon our land, but subsequently ushered in the beginning of the decline of African tradition. Colonial administrators promptly instituted the eradication of African culture by introducing Christianity and subjugating African people socially, politically, culturally, economically and religiously.

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