Mugabe’s Respect for Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, just when the uproar attracted by Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence couldn’t get any louder. The Lancaster Agreement which Thatcher forced through was signed just before Christmas. Could this be Thatcher’s only gift to the world? A myth has spread, especially in Zimbabwean political circles, that could be [...]

The Truest Fans Are the Hooligans, the Madmen and the Bigots

Has Vilane Mkhwanazi consigned the vuvuzela to the dustbin of South African football culture? Unfortunately not. Last Saturday in Durban, during a game between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, the militant young Amakhosi fan attempted to repurpose the world-renowned instrument of aural terror as a blunt instrument of corporal punishment. His intended victim was referee [...]

Heads Up: Jeremiah Jae Gets Psychedelic With the Beastie Boys

Brainfeeder-signed producer and rapper, Jeremiah Jae has just released a free mix that goes by the name Black Castle – Beastie Boys Remixes. On it Jae fuses his own brand of pyschedelic hip-hop with the trio’s vocals. You can download this completely free release now. Brainfeeder is Californian artist Flying Lotus’ label and its releases in recent years [...]

Letter From Luxor

In the marble-walled, air conditioned lobby of the five-star Sonesta Hotel in Luxor, Egypt, glamorous movie stars swan around in sequined dresses, producers take meetings with potential collaborators over laptops and coffee, exhausted-looking youngsters rush around with tripods, making short films (they have only a week to do so) under the stern gaze of Haile [...]

Nthikeng Mohlele’s Small Things

Nthikeng Mohlele has been working on his second novel for the last couple of years. After a series of misfortunes, including electronically losing most of the manuscript, he has a second offering, Small Things (UKZN Press). In this extract that shows Mohlele’s clipped, controlled style that he deployed in his first novel The Scent of Bliss, [...]

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