Archive | 2005

I be African man. Original

by Howard French The first thing I had noticed when I arrived in Lagos was how the city had been plastered with posters announcing that Fela would be performing that night at his own club, the famous Shrine. I had never seen Jimi Hendrix perform, nor had I seen Miles Davis – two other musical […]

The train goes on coal

by Khulile Nxumalo A friend of mine is fond of raising the point that today’s generation is Americanised beyond recognition. It always strikes me as intriguing that somehow such an observation is easier to vocalise these days. Perhaps because there is a louder clang of American culture in our popular media, perhaps because more and […]

Calabash Afrobeat Poems

by Dike Okoro Ikwunga Wonodi is not a new face among Afrobeat music followers in Nigeria and elsewhere; years back while a university student, he was a member of the “What?” collective which was an underground campus hit in Nigeria. As a young medical doctor, Ikwunga was a regular opening act for Femi Kuti at […]

Story of a Beautiful Country

by Sean Jacobs “Story of a Beautiful Country” is a road trip documentary. Johannesburg-based director Khalo Matabane – accompanied by a driver and a cameraman – travels across South Africa, with the object of meeting “ordinary” South Africans and hearing about their feelings and impressions of their “new” country. (more…)

Nurse, we have a problem…

by Jonathan Faull So here’s my beef : I have this nagging suspicion about the good ole boys and girls down at Laugh it Off (LIO). I like their style – the getting-up-the-noses of Big Capital stuff, the dodgy t-shirts, the lame jokes. Good on you, it’s a part of the struggle of and for […]

This Carting Life

by Pumla Dineo Gqola Rustum Kozain’s long awaited debut collection, This Carting Life, is at turns startling, touching, witty and insightful. The multi-award winning poet and essayist collects poems written over a decade, many of which are familiar because they have previously appeared in collections of various types all over the world. Even the less famous […]