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The Nation that Janet Jackson built and racialised sexism’s destruction
As much breath, depth and comfort I tend to find in the spaces of (re)memory and remembering, they are also thickly populated with disappointment and leaking holes and cracks that seem to filter out—more often than not—the work and presence of Black femmes where H/history and artistic cultural production is concerned. We often hear people...
Bubblegum disco era icon Condry Ziqubu’s ‘Gorilla Man’ | an Afrosynth release
While Condry Ziqubu’s rise as a star of South Africa’s ‘bubblegum’ disco era may have appeared rapid, before his big break as a solo artist in 1983, Ziqubu had already been working professionally in the music industry for 15 years. A regular on the local soul scene since the late 1960s in groups such as...
‘Sing Backwards and Weep’, A brutally honest memoir of dysfunction and addiction
American singer Mark Lanegan’s haunted baritone is a force of nature. His deep, gloomy voice sings of the darkest nights of the soul, the deepest heart-breaks and emotional bruises, broken dreams, desperate addiction and longing, failure, desolation and death. From his work with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, right through to his...
Middle Centre: on V Mash, radical Black aesthetic production and those honoured only in death
The text that is to follow is an exercise of sorts between writer Kneo Mokgopa and myself. An attempt at writing together from afar and from places of familiar difference, of Vinolia Mashego, who was affectionally known as V Mash to us and the rest of the nation. To write of her in remembrance and...
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