Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Rare: Conscious Kwaito

South African kwaito house with an explicit message: we don’t get to hear it often. Shota’s Etshwaleni has been playing in clubs for months, I’m told. Its straightforward lyrics make it stand out: have fun while still respecting others (“hlonipheni abanye abantu”) and drink responsibly (“pasop ugu dakwa”) during sleepless (“asisalali”) weekends. But you figured

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Mixtapes and Megaupload

I was going to post the link to Das Racist's latest offering, a funny, irreverent and poignant mixtape by Heems AKA Himanshi Suri, unofficial leader of the NYC rap group, but the FBI has just...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The ANC Goes Pop

In May South Africans go to the polls to vote for new local councils. With few surprises, the result should be predictable. But the parties are going through the electioneering motions. This includes coming up with election...

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Postcard from Jo’burg

Like many others, US photographer Krisanne Johnson headed to South Africa earlier this month but, as The New Yorker points out, she didn’t go there for the football. Johnson has been to South Africa several times over...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Bring on Summer

While its freezing in New York City (including a snow storm last week that shut down the city) and my time is taken up by job talks and teaching, my friends in Cape Town talk about going...

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