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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Rules of South African Hip Hop in 2014

South African hip-hop has become too safe. Cutting edge rappers are being sidelined in favour of tried-and-tested mainstays – creating a cycle of regurgitated talent that receives preferential treatment by radio stations, booking agents, and sponsors. Doubtless, the artists in the spotlight have dedicated endless hours to their craft, and the fact that their work is

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Jazz in Cape Town

In Cape Town jazz here is not just jazz. It’s a whole lot more. For one, it is a dance style that continues to be the predominant feature of successive generations of Cape Flats families. Almost similar...

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Story of Ill Skillz: Notes From The Native Yards

When they founded Ill Skillz in 2005, Uno July and Lukona Sitole couldn’t have anticipated that, just one year shy of a decade later, they would’ve experienced the departure of three crew members. Their deejay, Nick Knucklez,...

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Corner Shops and Arcade Games

Interview by Dylan Valley* Cape Town based Anthony Smith and Bradley Abrahams’ 2 BOP (above) videogame clothing label is inspired by corner shop arcade games and video game culture. They produce intriguing retro videogame references on understated...

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Film, ‘Shirley Adams’

I’ve only heard good things about the feature film “Shirley Adams” directed by the young Oliver Hermanus–he’s from Cape Town, that should count for something; studied at the London Film School. I haven’t seen it yet. The...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

John Edwin Mason’s photographs of Cape Town’s New Year’s Carnival

I really like this series of photographs by University of Virginia African history and history of photography professor (and photographer), John Edwin Mason, on the Cape Town New Year’s Carnival, a series of marches, competitions and celebrations...