Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Where is Grahamstown?

On 10 October 2013, a certain segment of white South Africans left their children with the “girl” for a couple of hours as they marched through the streets demanding acknowledgement of the “genocide” (sic) being perpetrated against them as an “oppressed” (sic) minority. I also stumbled across, to my horror, Carly Rae Jepson (of “Call Me

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Some of my best friends are braaiers

I have always felt uncomfortable with the idea of a ‘National Braai Day’ in South Africa, and the accompanying media bombardment of feel-good messages, advertisements for meat and beer and chat shows where braai (BBQ) recipes are...

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Music Break

I first saw Kesivan Naidoo play at the Independent Armchair Theater in Observatory. I was living around the corner at the time. He played drums in Tribe, a band fronted by pianist Mark Fransman. Much has changed...

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

More Chalk

You’d think the people behind this ad for the annual National Arts Festival in South Africa’s Grahamstown have been watching too many Spoek videos recently. I would love to see some of that music on the festival’s...

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

‘We cannot say we are free’

If you judged South Africa by the results of the regular elections held there, you’d miss a lot. There’s one coming up later this month. As we wrote here a few days ago on this blog (republished...