Gabrielle Kannemeyer – inspiring innovation in art and fashion

Gabrielle Kannemeyer is a Cape Town based art director and stylist who dabbles in every component of the projects she works on. Establishing herself as an unforgettable and irreplaceable brand in the creative industry she has collaborated with Rharha Nembhard, Petite Noir, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Orange Culture, Rich Mnisi, Nicholas Coutts, Wilton Dawson, 2Bop, Bevan Davis…

Umlilo is fire!

Confident and clear, Umlilo’s voice conveys the air of a seasoned performer. Meaning fire in Xhosa, the name Umlilo describes Siya Ngcobo’s performances as an artist. “Fire is something that can give life but at the same time it can be something that destroys completely. The way I see myself as an artist, I destroy…

Nikiwe Dlova encourages us all to own our crowns

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel Blogger Nikiwe Dlova took this quote to heart about four years ago when she decided to cut her afro and went for an undercut. This moment led her to experiment more with different hairstyles. Nikiwe’s crown is ever-changing, and she…

Heat City Comedy Festival

You haven’t been working out that much this winter? No need to worry. The Heat City Comedy Festival will have you in stitches and getting those core muscles working. Held from 19th – 23rd July at one of Durban’s most loved spots, The Winston Pub, over 25 comedians will be ready to dish out the…

Lezanne Viviers: looking at life with curious eyes

She has recurring dreams about treasures and jewelry. She has made magic from off-cuts and scraps of fabric. She has a wardrobe and art collection that is an extension of her quirky and playful nature. I can only be talking about the enchanting Creative Director at Marianne Fassler, Lezanne Viviers. Describing fashion as “an attitude…

Langa Mavuso: seeping into the music industry with thick emotion

“Sometimes I sound like gravel and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream”, said the high priestess of Soul, Nina Simone. Like Miss Simone, Langa Mavuso describes his voice as possessing the capabilities of being both flawed, husky, and coarse as well as rich, sweet, and alluring. When I first pressed play, the smoothness of…

The Emotional Electronica of Rose Bonica

Rose Bonica is a relatively new name on the 4/4 dancefloor but one that is steadily building, beat after beat, layer after layer. She hasn’t had much press (until now) but she’s been put on by artists who know their shit, like Jumping Back Slash, and has put out some enchanting and hypnotic releases worthy…

Sula Collective: an online magazine for and by people of colour

Co-founders of Sula Collective, Sophia Yuet and Kassandra Piñero joined forces after meeting online while working for another online publication. Both being art majors, photographers and writers, their creative endeavors were bound to conjoin. I interviewed Kassandra to find out more about Sula Collective. Tell our readers about the name “Sula Collective”. How did the idea…

Constructing Future Cities // imagining cities led and designed by women

Future Cape Town is a leading platform on re-thinking future cities. Through its online presence, research and projects the organization works towards the creation of more democratic, visionary and inclusive cities. I spoke to the founder of Future Cape Town Rashiq Fataar about their Constructing Future Cities project. Research increasingly demonstrates that women are occupying…

Ncumisa ‘Mimi’ Duma – creative expression through hair

At the top of a list of powerful black anthems is probably Solange’s ‘Don’t touch my hair’, a song that captures the sacredness of a black girl’s hair. In the opening verse Solange expresses that our hair is a manifestation of our feelings, our soul, our rhythm, a crown, which cannot be touched. These are…

Tarryn Alberts // bringing an explosive energy to dance

With the nicknames TNT and Boom Boom referencing her explosive energy on stage, Tarryn Alberts is the definition of making your vision a reality. Growing up in Eldorado Park, she has become an inspiration for her family, friends and other kids in her hood. Tarryn and I walked down memory lane reflecting on how her…