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Anthony Bourdain goes to South Africa

In a recent episode of his CNN “Parts Unknown,” the American chef and writer Anthony Bourdain traveled to South Africa. In my mind at least, this episode was long overdue and in fact, I’ve even said so on this blog in the past. The episode focuses on Gauteng Province (Johannesburg and Pretoria), signaling to a desire on the producers’ part to focus on emerging and predominantly urban black South African sensibilities and avoiding the pre-packaged, proto-European sensibilities and more superficially palatable aesthetics of Cape Town and the Western Cape altogether. The result is at once an imperfect and incomplete, yet compelling glimpse into one of the most complicated and confusing places in the world.

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When W magazine went to Johannesburg

Praise be to W magazine for its vanguardism! They have finally and single-handedly put the rest of the world on to how hip, cosmopolitan, and modern the city of Johannesburg…..

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The Sound of Johannesburg

South African artists BLK JKS and Athi-Patra Ruga provide this month’s mixtape for the Italian architecture, art and design magazine Domus (other mixtapes in the past gave us musical snapshots…..

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Music Break

Not the official video for BLK JKS‘s Zol!”

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Weekend Links

Things I have read quickly, seen or watched, listened to, been forwarded, did not really have the time to think about properly, here for your reading pleasure: * On Freedom…..

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Weekend Links

Stuff I missed or was too tired to give adequate attention to over the last few days: * Great commentary on the proposed Hollywood biopic of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer…..

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Blk Jks, Molalatladi

The editing and cinematography for music videos by South African music acts keep on improving.. Take this new music video for the song “Molalatladi” by Johannesburg rockers, Blk Jks. Directed…..