Tag Archives: Race

Thabo Mbeki and Haiti

  n 26 August 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted by the National Constituent Assembly in revolutionary Paris. The adoption of the Declaration has often been understood as a foundational moment in the development of the epoch in human history now often thought of as modernity. The […]

Durban: The Warmest Place To Be (If You’re the Right Hue)

  few months ago I moved back to Durban after 12 years, having left at the green age of 17 to study in Cape Town and then Paris. I grew up in Nagina Township, a little Indian town and went to an ‘Indian’ school before transferring to a ‘white’ school post-1994. I remember feeling like […]

CONstellations: Appropriation and Inspiration

  The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall Book One) Adrian Tchaikovsky Macmillan arry Potter author J.K. Rowling stirred some controversy recently with her appropriation of the sacred Navajo Skinwalker tradition in backgrounders posted for the movie Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Con readers, hardened to Western generalisations about the […]

Of Jazz, Payments, Patriarchy and Fair Labour Practices

  ou may not yet have read Miles Keylock’s musings on the issues of payments to musicians. If you haven’t, you should: it’s a fine piece of writing. But its content – Keylock’s assertion that young musicians are cash-obsessed and egotistical – as well as the way he frames the debate, have stirred up significant […]