Between and Beyond Binaries – Haneem Christian

Every single aspect of this cover was intentional. Every little detail holds great significance. Every hair is placed with purpose. Every jewel pays respect to both my heritage and my future. It is symbolic of me claiming my light and my purpose. – Haneem Christian on the making of her Bubblegum Club Cover Metamorphosis. Transcendence……

The suspension of culture in the colonial present

Posing a challenge to the racist archetypes of the black South African man by exploring the character of the “tsotsi” is an earlier work ‘Simunye’. The tsotsi, commonly regarded as a “dodgy character” has come to be determined by race. The black person is dehumanized and seen as black before their personhood is acknowledged. Yet…

A Blueprint to Lunga Ntila

“…design is a verb and a noun, being a design artist, allows me to shape shift. Essentially it is the intentional creation of a plan.” Storytelling is all encompassing within the expression of design artist Lunga Ntila. Intersectionality, sexuality and femininity are her building blocks. “I can’t be a singular expression of myself. There’s too…

Riky Rick unleashes Cotton Fest

SA rapper Riky Rick is one of the hottest artists in the local game right now. In his music, the KwaMashu born MC has the ability to effortlessly flip between a rugged, hardcore sound to more commercial and upbeat flows. Alongside his reliable musical output, Riky Rick has a developed a powerful visual aesthetic. His…

Goldendean – Queer love, Queer dissidence and the undoing of whiteness

Much like gold itself, the spectacle of Goldendean challenges the arbitrary values we place on the normative body. Our gaze cannot help but devour Goldendean. In 2016 artist Dean Hutton’s #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE performance went notoriously viral which has extended itself into various forms– an installation, a ‘Fuck White People’ suit, an online archive titled, ‘White People…

Petite Noir- Black House Rising

“With this album, I’m saying ‘welcome to my house’”. On call from London, Congolese born, SA raised Yannick Ilunga is describing the meaning behind the title of his new EP/Visual album. “The title La Maison Noir/The Black House is a play on the White House. In the same way that the White House is the…

We are Data Mines 2.0

We live in a society of images, mediated through black screens. To be alive in 2018 is to be subjected to a barrage of visuals on computers, smart phones and tablets- news, adverts, memes and the selfies and Instagram imagery that is curated with all the care and detail of Renaissance painting. Meanwhile, technological advancements…

Manteiga infuses Batuk with drama

With a Mozambican father, who always had his guitar on hand ready to play a song, and a South African mother, both with great storytelling abilities, Carla Fonseca, the birth name of Batuk’s frontwoman Manteiga, was exposed to and had a great appreciation for the dramatic arts from a young age. “You know your aunts…

Turn Up The Volume and Queer The Dancefloor

A few years ago, I wrote about what I called the Somzification of the South African queer identity. The idea is premised on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s idea of the danger of the single story, the notion that we risk erasing essential identifiers of people’s lives or people themselves if we relax into telling a one-dimensional…

Future 76 // In dealing with the colonial wound

Coloniality describes the hidden process of erasure, devaluation, and disavowing of certain human beings, ways of thinking, ways of living, and of doing in the world – that is, coloniality as a process of inventing identifications – then for identification to be decolonial it needs to be articulated as “des-identification” and “re-identification, which means it…