The Future is Female: battling patriarchy, celebrating womanhood

The birthing process for The Future is Female began when Vuyiswa Sipoko would painfully critique Sphilile Khumalo’s live performances when they were studying at AFDA. It was evident that they shared a passion for performance art but when they realised that they were equally interested in expressing female struggles through their art, the next natural…

Why Bubblegum Club is Not Just…Well, Bubblegum

Bubblegum Club released their first cover story on the 26th of January 2016, and since then, have continued to announce new covers every two weeks. Their goal, at the end of January 2017, is to look back at twelve months of images and narratives, contextualise their position as a platform that offers an alternative aesthetic…

Maramza: Low-key but Kwaai-fi

“Low-key” is a phrase Maramza uses multiple times in our half-hour phone call interview and it’s an apt way to describe the ever-evolving producer. I’ve met Maramza, real name Richard Rumney, a few times and he’s always struck me as the quiet, reserved and observant type – someone who would rather listen than talk. When…

The Creative Self, According to Scoop Makhathini

Over December, Johannesburg is a city that empties. Residents escape to their family homes or holiday beaches, leaving the once-bustling metropolis surprisingly quiet. The Eastern Cape experiences a reverse effect as its towns and villages swell with relatives returning home. In Port Elizabeth, one of these returnees is Siyabonga Ngwekazi, who most of us know…

Sabelo Sibanda & Thulilsile Volwana – Changing the Tide of Tech

“Mobile has changed the face of Africa and it is now the time for Africa to change the face of mobile.” Sabelo Sibanda Wild winds rustle through industrial docks of a port-city. Waves draw over soft sandy banks. Established almost two hundred years ago, Port Elizabeth is notably known for its hospitable nature. However, given…

Dillion S. Phiri – Social sculptor shaping African youth

I met up with Dillion S. Phiri, co-founder of Creative Nestlings to chat about the beginnings, evolution and future of Creative Nestlings. Five years ago Jonathan Anzuluni and Dillion were living the nine-to-five life, working for Shell and Cape Town Tourism respectively. “We knew we wanted to do more with our lives,” explains Dillion, “Jonathan…

Angel Ho- Energy Without Restraint

In the comic book series The Wicked + The Divine (written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie) ancient gods return to Earth in the form of modern pop stars. The series wittily bases its super beings on real life icons. Lucifer is a riff on David Bowie, Odin is essentially a member of Daft…