An Encounter in the Park

  Nakhane Toure’s debut novel Piggy Boy’s Blues has recently been published by new Jacana imprint Blackbird Books and was launched on Thursday last week at the Keleketla Library! It has been described as a “distorted pastoral” and presents a portrait of a xhosa family living in Alice in the Eastern Cape. The novel is centred around [...]

Trafficking Gqom to Europe

  In this second of a two-part series on selling contemporary African beats to colonial Europe, Lloyd Gedye explores the power relationships in these trafficking circles, and what it means for the artists and the scene. Just who benefits from feeding Europe’s dance floors?   Gqom, the raw, dark, hypnotic electronic music genre emerged out [...]

Who Put Tarraxo in the Zouk Bass?

  Writing about his latest two-hour mix tape, African Apocalypse, DJ Umb says his main focus was on the Angolan and Portugese bass undergrounds. “I’ve been saying for a number of years that the future of dance music lies in these scenes, and that future generations of super-producers and superstar DJs will come to be [...]

District Six, Sophiatown, Budiriro

  In May 2005, at the onset of winter, Zimbabwe’s government demolished people’s homes and forcibly removed hundreds of thousands from cities and towns in an exercise code named Operation Murambatsvina (“Drive Out Filth”). The exercise was officially known as Operation Restore Order, a large-scale campaign meant to forcibly clear shanty towns across the country. According to the United Nations, as many [...]

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