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Celebrating Kwanza instead of Christ mass

So manje nay' indaba... It is common knowledge the celebration of Christ mass came to Afrika with the missionaries. When the missionaries brought Christianity to Afrika they also brought the holiday (holy day) that were significant to the religion. While...

E’skia Mphahlele (17 December 1919 – 27 October 2008)

Another bright light extinguished. E'skia Mphahlele crossed over to the ancestral realm on the 27th of October 2008. This esteemed intellectual was one of the last original writers of Drum magazine. Bab' Mphahlele was a wielder, breaker and maker of...

Urban Voices is Back!

So it is true. Urban Voices is back!... with a not so fresh but strong line up. Mutabaruka, Jean Binta Breeze and Don Mattera will hold the fort and everybody else, whoever they are, are only described as emerging and...

Beat by Rick Thomas

I have this beat in my head. Unguided feet stomping in my head, Unguided feet, her toes he got, Beating stomping, Hot like lead. His dance uncertain, he moves, he moves, angry! His head feels like egg, Egg, egg, about...

John Matshikiza (26 November 1954 – 15 September 2008)

A poet, actor, writer, activist... John Matshikiza is one of our most profilic creative professionals. John Matshikiza was born in Sophiatown to world renown composer and jazz artists Todd Matshikiza. John Matshikiza went into exile in 1961 after his father,...