TITANIA / NONKU PHIRI

I’ve double booked myself. I’ve committed to dinner with a friend, but also promised my editor I would be present for the Nonku Phiri cover…

REFUSE – RESIST / BCUC

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness BCUC’s front man, Jovi Nkosi, walks across the front of the stage inspecting fans bobbing up and down with a pulsating…

EX MACHINA / RALPH BORLAND

“The idea goes back to the artist’s childhood in newly independent Zimbabwe, and his first wire car. A rough network of old, dull metal strands…

GUIDED BY VOICES / JULIANA VENTER

“‘I feel suspended. I don’t belong anywhere. There’s bits of me that belong here, bits that belong there,’ she says halfway through the interview, in…

THE DIRT BOMBS / PARALLEL – VANS ROAD TRIP

“There should be a law against this type of Frankenstein sorcery of welding techniques I thought as I admired the paint job from the outside….

THE BLACK MAMBAS

The Mambas are committed to tracking down snares before animals become victims. “With a mix of lipstick, boots and camouflage fatigues, these women are watching,…

A STRONG LIGHT / AIDA MULUNEH

“This looking back took on real meaning against our diminished status in Europe and Canada. It became concrete. Our memories became more real. I am…

LIP SERVICE / BLACK LIPS

The Psych Night and Vans recently brought out the Black Lips from Atlanta, Georgia to South Africa for three epic shows. Great planning resulted in…

JUICY FRUIT / TONY GUM

I would soon figure out what Tony’s antidepressant is: a rebellion against boredom. That is why, she tells me, she gave up fashion blogging in…

CAPE GYPSY / HILTON SCHILDER

“I’m totally into music as a composer. It’s my whole life. It’s my philosophy. It’s my religion. I started composing very young and the compositions…

SALT & THUNDER / THE MIND-ALTERING ROCK OF 1970’S ZAMBIA

“For those who don’t know Africa much, we were not living in isolation here. The hippie time, the flowers, love and everything, Woodstock, we were…

WAX JUNKIE / JAN WELTER

I listen to a lot of music so it’s probably quite wise to pin me down to six records.  Enjoy, maybe it will open some…

DREAM ON / A JOURNEY TO EXPLORE SOUTH AFRICA

In 2014, South Africa entered its twenty years of Democracy, this moment coincided with the recent death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the birth of Economic…

VUMA LEVIN / IMAGINATION, POLITICS AND OTHER SPECTACLES

Vuma Levin is an artist who finds himself simultaneously at the end of history, and in the middle of it. Amsterdam and Joburg serve as…

PSYCHOTHERAPY / PSYCH NIGHT

Psych Night, a collective of mavericks that host regular events celebrating psychedelia in South Africa, is made up of Andre Leo (one half of dreamy…

LADY SKOLLIE / LAURA WINDVOGEL

Art, much like fruit, differs in taste from person to person. Everyone can attest to this. This is the beauty of thousands of years of…

WAX JUNKIE / JESSICA CROSS

“My memories of seeing an LP and my realization of the uniqueness of its sound are two different memories. The first time I can remember…

ARTFUL DODGER / ROGER YOUNG

On most Friday nights Roger Young can be found behind the decks at Hectic on Hope. It’s a real dive bar – pool tables, cheesy…

SOCIETAL BLUES / DALE YUDELMAN

It is early evening and sitting across the table from me is Dale Yudelman. He focuses on me over the edge of his wire-framed sunglasses….

ALLAH LAS / ECHO BEACH

A short, bearded American chap donning brown leather boots, tight jeans and a sweater pops up next to me and orders a tequila. His holiday…

ON THE ROAD / HOW TO SEE HITCHHIKERS

HITCHHIKERS – Evangelists Dawid and Enstine Fouché roadside in Nieuwoudtville. They were en route between Lutzville and Upington. (2010) Given the time and footwear, you…