Chips! // An alternative voice on food culture

Editor of the new online publication and occasional printed zine Chips! Alix-Rose Cowie chats to me about how conversations about food open up an avenue for sharing how we live our lives. Tell our readers about the thinking behind Chips! Elaborate on why you think writing about food is the perfect way to think through other topics?…

Must-see films at the European Film Festival

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria will be host to some exciting cinematic productions as part of this year’s European Film Festival. With films addressing a wide variety of topics, we selected The High Sun, Strike a Pose, Game of Checkers and  American Honey as must-see films. These films will allow audiences to travel through…

DJ Doowap // The soulful BASS queen

“Every road is a catwalk” Embracing the power of this quote has made Khetsiwe Morgan aka DJ Doowap one of the most recognizable babes in the South African music space. I had a conversation with the live mix DJ and queen of bass about where it all began. After high school Doowap went over to…

Bubblegum Club Top Picks for European Film Festival

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria will be host to some exciting cinematic productions as part of this year’s European Film Festival. With films addressing topics such as animal rights, family dynamics, experiences of war and heartbreak, audiences will be entertained as well as offered moments of contemplation. Having looked through their diverse programme, we…

FAKA – building a spiritual home

For the queer, the trans, the non-conforming, the female and the black, For those who have been alienated by mainstream culture, For those who are constantly harassed by patriarchy and suffer at the hands of capitalism, For copper-coloured Afro wigs, golden chokers, torn stockings and moving freely despite Lorraine’s side-eye, there is FAKA. Buyani Duma…

Tabita Rezaire – Transforming the screen into a gateway for healing frequencies

Johannesburg-based digital artist, intersectional activist and Kemetic yoga teacher Tabita Rezaire is spreading love and inviting healing through her screen-based artistic practice. Having moved to Johannesburg a few years ago from Paris, she has been continuing to work within the Internet’s ecology to confront the legacies of colonialism and address our collective need for healing….

Bongeziwe Mabandla aims to Inspire with Mangaliso

5 years after releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Umlilo, Bongeziwe Mabandla is back from touring the world and the SAMA nominated afro-folk musician is eager for you to hear his sophomore offering, Mangaliso. Mangaliso means “marvel” or “miracle” in Xhosa and it’s meant to represent the highs and lows Bongeziwe has experienced since his…

Shongwe-La Mer- Daydream/Purgatory

Over the years, Joburg has acquired a formidably dangerous cinematic image. Local crime films like Tsotsi, Jerusalema and iNumberNumber are built on scenes of hijacked buildings and explosive violence.  International sci-fi such as Dredd, the atrocious Chappie and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter extend this visual mayhem to the future.  But as film historian Alexandra…

Plump Kitchen – a party for your taste buds

I had a chat with founder of Plump Kitchen Mpho Masango to chat about her passion for food and re-thinking dining experiences. Mpho started Plump Kitchen as a way to channel her love for good food and caring for people. During our conversation, in between giggles, she revealed to me her sneaky attempts to avoid…

Bushkoppies: creating something from nothing

The ideology of  the San people was rooted in egalitarianism and this is how they survived harmoniously throughout the wilderness of Southern Africa. Bushkoppies, a creative collective of individuals with a  multidisciplinary skill set, have derived their core values around those of the San people so that they too can survive in Johannesburg, their urban…