Party Culture // A continuous movement of bodies

Texture – polyphonic. Timber – loud, brassy, warm, melodic, thick, soft and loud again. Tempo – quick, joyful, lively and frantic. Effect – exhilarating, uplifting and healing. Enter the party scene. As major cities in South Africa, Cape Town and Johannesburg have very different party scenes. What they do have in common is that a…

Five African Films to Check Out this Weekend

There is a wealth of great cinema in the African canon that most of us don’t have access to or knowledge about. That’s not your fault. Many of these films don’t make it to the cinema or to your local DVD store or onto streaming platforms. Many of them are incredibly difficult to find in…

On Big Shugga and Good Black Sex 

The video for “Persistent” opens with a woman who works for Shugga Mobile (a re-vamp of T-Mobile) walking down a Brooklyn street past a strip of bodegas, bakeries, liquor stores and quick-cash markets. She enters an empty room in a porn shop, sits down on the table, picks up a remote control and presses ‘6-9’…

The Spectrum of Sober Living

There are a plethora of reasons that someone might quit drinking: choosing to forego a dreaded hangover, the ever increasing price of colourful cocktails or the stark realities of addiction. A growing trend seems to have appeared questioning the narrative of normalized or socially ingrained drinking patterns, ranging from the 12-step programme to people wanting…

Finding Beauty in the Concrete City

In 2017, EFF President Julius Malema stood in front of Parliament and said: “People of South Africa, if you see a beautiful piece of land, take it, it belongs to you”. Debates about land reform have been on the tip of everyone’s tongue since Malema and the EFF forced the issue into the forefront of…

Sex and Love addiction IS REAL

Gaining popularity through its injection into pop culture is the profile of the sex and love addict, with portrayals of support groups featuring in such shows as Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Love. When Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault by a significant number of women it was reported that he went to rehab for…

O jewa ke eng? – Speaking the unspeakable

Abuse. Brokeness. Cancer. Disaster. Electricity. Fire. Gender. Home. Ignorance. Jokes. Killed. Listeriosis. Money. Nervousness. Other. Penis. Queer. Respect. Sex. Trial. University. Virgin. Whining. Xanax. Zeros. The A to Z of the human condition. This is the breath of responses garnered from what began as a simple question; “O jewa ke eng?”—loosely translated as “what is…

Women, Music & Media by the Hub@Goethe – a platform for the upliftment of Women

Established as a way of creating opportunities for entrepreneurial achievement, the Hub@Goethe is a mentorship programme growing cultural and social entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs are hand-picked as having strong concepts with potential but a lack of hands-on entrepreneurial skills to establish a thriving business as of yet. The third iteration of Hub@Goethe started in May of…