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CULTURE Review

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Articles written by Vus’umuzi Phakathi

Creating The Black Family Album

I being one to never page through an album chronologically, I skip towards the very end and ask Silas which, among the plethora of reasons, is the one that he believes to be the spine that holds together the volume that captures, “come study at Market Photo Workshop”. With no bokeh of hesitation he replies, “why would you come here?” he pauses, muses as if adjusting his aperture and putting the perfect picture in focus, looks back at us on his computer screen, then proceeds, “If there is one reason to bring you to the Market Photo Workshop, it has to be that here you learn how to create images, not how to take them.”

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Liquour Ban A “Necessary Evil”

South Africa is in its fifth week of its “until further notice” National Lockdown. The cheapest cigarette loose draw now costs nothing less than R5, the cheapest bottle of beer is at R40, and you can hunt for a bottle of Russian Bear at a breathtaking R500

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Is Isphithiphthi a Classic?

“Isphithiphithi is an album for those who listen more than just entertainment value. The AmaPiano songs on the album achieve the purpose to ruminate and remind both us and those who will come after us of the musical zeitgeist of 2019, of just how important in our current popular cultural life AmaPiano is.

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Mmabatho Montsho – Mother of the Black Nation

In the African culture it is believed that in the combination of a name and its bearer you find a conception of identity; when naming a child you bestow upon them a life of purpose, which will inevitably influence their behavior and circumstances. If you are not an adherent of this old age adage, the inspirational stance and influence of award-winning filmmaker, Mmabatho Montsho, could be the hand that ushers you to the alter of conversion.

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