#RhodesMustFall, and then…

23 Mar
(Image by timeslive.co.za)

(Image by timeslive.co.za)

So what happens after Rhodes falls?

Because the way I see it, and from the statements which have emerged from this conversation, we’re going to be fighting against the same set of things fifty years from now. The systematic oppression of previous generations who burned out because they too couldn’t breathe no longer shall be the brunt of our seeds to bear.

Fuck that! That IS NOT the stale memory I want to go to my grave with. And if I do have children, this definitely IS NOT the world I want them growing up in.

After Rhodes falls, is it possible to have a small meeting whereby we compile a playlist, then proceed to kick down Memstone behind him, and that imposing structure further up the mountain, with lions as its guardians at its entrance ? I suggest Rex Rabanyane’s “Onketsang” as one of the songs.

Afterwards, there should be a set of requirements and expectations drafted and distributed as a memo to those who want to prescribe how a people who’ve been visited decade upon decade of continued suppression — and are going through a some mutation of PTSD as a result — ought to deal with their pain. Tit-for-tat, right?!

I’m not sure what happens next in the script, but maybe Gil Scott Heron’s “The revolution will not be televised” can be amended to include “…but it will have its roots on-line?” Better yet, amend Mutabaruka’s “Any which way” and add “by the hashtag.

I’m hopeful…

*P.S. I’ve found this episode of Southpark to be useful when dealing with any issue where asymmetrical relations of power are at play. Essentially, there are people who need to understand that “the don’t get it,” and be okay with.

**UCT’s former VC, Emeritus Professor Njabulo Ndebele, wrote this thing which you may read

YoungstaCPT…

22 Mar

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One day I’ll write about how inspiring it’s been to watch Youngsta’s journey from the sideline. This image, taken during a rehearsal break in 2014,  will have to suffice while I think up the one thousand words.

*You can click here for all Youngsta-related news.

#Throwback | Zu x R!ot

19 Mar
Nozuko Mapoma (Zu) and Sindiso Nyoni (R!ot)

Nozuko Mapoma (Zu) and Sindiso Nyoni (R!ot)

I know some fun people. They allow me to take pictures of them most of the time. That’s because I’m a trickster, but even I don’t know it yet. This photograph was taken in 2013, around the time I told my friend Nozuko that I want to follow her around with a camera. She said yes; I was excited! It’s been a year and some months since then and I’m still following her around. As for Sindiso Nyoni , um…check out my interview with him here.

*Nozuko’s Zu from Zuko Collective. Check out their soundcloud.

*Sindiso’s the guy your kids’ll reference as being their design inspiration. Check his Behance page.

Flabba For Sunday Times…

16 Mar

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I did this. Big up Bongani Kona for the linkage. I cannot provide the link because of the Sunday Times’ paywall.

 

Jiji F…

15 Mar
Rapper Jiji F in Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Rapper Jiji F in Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The first time I hung around this dude was when the “Basali basali” remix was popping — roughly eighteen months ago. He was fairly unknown at that point and has worked hard to be where he is: one of the biggest rappers in Lesotho at the moment. Big up Jiji F!

*His debut album “Maloti Green Capital” is available. Hit him up on twitter for participating retail outlets.

Thandi Ntuli-x-Jozi Unsigned

21 Aug

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I’ve secretly been a fan of Thandi Ntuli since her university days, back when they used  to have recitals in room C7 at the Suth African College of Music. At one point, I found  myself somewhere in Khayelitsha grooving along to her house music project named Deluge;  such is her range. There have been countless moments where I sat motionless, unable  to do nothing else but admire her. For instance, I was at the former Mahogany Room (now  Straight No Chaser) about three years ago and bore witness to this woman’s brilliance as  a pianist and her masterful compostion.

A few months ago, the ladies from Jozi Unsigned  asked if I’d be keen to shoot something with her. I couldn’t resist! Here are the  results.

*For more images, go here.

Get Some Kaffein And Stay Awake…

21 Aug

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It’s been a few years since I witnessed Lethabo Ngakane work on the initial drafts of what was to become Kaffein, the South African youth magazine and on-line portal focused on unearthing talent which exists on the fringes, and giving it space to exhale, regenerate, and be read. Seven volumes later, he’s still sharpening the vision, publishing stories about the under-guarded avant-garde guardians of innovation. This issue features artist Loyiso Mkize, musicians Msaki and JKE, and Zimbabwean-born illustrator Osmond Tshuma. I assisted with images on The Brother Moves On’s feature and on a few other places. The magazine is available to view on-line over at Issuu.

*Kaffein on facebook.

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