Cantos of a Life in Exile: Simplicity of the soul’s song

Simplicity can be deceptive. Zero, for instance, seemingly containing the simplicity of nothing, contains infinity, as does one, which can be replaced by ‘a’, as in: a universe. So it … Read More

Bitchin’ in the kitchen: Steady on

Former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Jefferson ‘J.Bobs’ Tshabalala auctions his ‘Seen Pha’ brand of clothing during a Sundowner slot at the Monument during the National Arts Festival. Photo: Steve Kretzmann

Expression, Zorg, more expression!

Woke this morning, heaved off two thick blankies, and a duvet and rose, dragging a sheepskin insulator snagged somewhere in my shambolic stumble. Kettle on, pour a cup of Masterton’s … Read More

Kesivan Naidoo Big Band: Glorious paradox of anarchy

In the DSG hall Kesivan Naidoo is driving an international big band to the toyi-toyi beat of freedom’s dance. Conducted by bug-eyed, goateed, pork-pie hatted trombonist Adrian Mears, the horn … Read More

Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars: Front row seats to the trough

Our rainbow is broken. The arch is no more. Dead, and the colours now a venal black, and yellow and green. Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars, the festival Standard Bank Young Artist … Read More