Kicks are the Catalyst: Mkay Frash and The Synthesis of Street Culture

If Mkay Frash were a comic book character, he would levitate in celestial space, straddling comets, in constant orbit between worlds. His hands cupped, as though in telepathy with the surrounding sky-scape. From his outstretched fingers, threads extend like webs, connecting disparate planets, weaving transcendental tapestries. This would be his superpower: his ability to draw…

Rharha Nembhard; NoirWave’s visual powerhouse

The Drone Goddess is on a mission to live her truth, using her gifts to obliterate boundaries and silence stereotypes. The curator of  NoirWave, one RhaRha Nembhard, is home in South Africa on a break from her Masters degree in museums, galleries and contemporary culture. But to her a break includes so much work and…

Lenny-Dee: Brightness and Darkness

For her cover feature with BubblegumClub Lenny-Dee Doucha, the lead singer and keyboardist of Bye Beneco, wanted to mix the contemporary and the traditional.  Photographed by Charlemagne Oliver at the National School of Arts Campus in Braamfontein, the concept was to merge Art Deco and Japanese motifs.  The Art Deco style speaks to glamorous modernism…

In conversation with Milisuthando Bongela: Black consciousness through a critical art and the art of the critical consciousness

Our discussion would be held at one of Joburg’s popular high-end speciality stores, chosen for its open Terrace restaurants that would allow for the best enjoyment of the warm morning rays. Milisuthando Bongela arrived in her Sunday best. Wrapped in a confidence and strength that hinted at the unwitting voyeur, that this woman had set…

Imraan Christian: The Decolonizing Gaze

Imraan Christian is a young photographer and filmmaker from the Cape Flats whose work is  capturing international attention.  After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 2014, he was on hand to document the explosive events of Fees Must Fall in October 2015. His  photographs are a powerful record of the wild days of…

Witness the Funk – Trapping the Durban Sound

In 2014, Durban group Witness the Funk made their first impact on South African consciousness with their hit ‘Nomusa’.  The song highlighted smooth multilingual flows over an insidiously catchy beat. It was accompanied by a stylish music video which showed the glamorous side of Durban with parties in tropical mansions and beaches, and long drives…

Don Dada – 21st Century Dandy

Don Dada, otherwise known as Tshepo Pitso, has a bold mission.  He wants to turn the South African Izikhothane subculture into a globally recognizable style. Izikhothane emerged from the townships and refers to young people who rock colourful and bold designer gear, drink the finest brands and flaunt their expensive tastes on social media.  The…