Articles tagged south africa

But Is It Art? A Look at Pop Culture in South African Music

Contemporary South African popular music reveals a myriad of artists searching for an identity in a country still recovering from racial hatred; and a youth looking to the past in order to make sense of the present.

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Lauren Beukes Wins South Africa’s First Arthur C’ Clarke Award

On Wednesday 27 April 2011, known to all South Africans as Freedom Day—the anniversary of the country becoming a democracy—China Mieville announced Cape Town author

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Various: Shangaan Electro

If you thought Konono No. 1 was the ultimate in high-octane African popular music, think again. This mind-altering music manages to be simultaneously hypnotic and hyper-kinetic.

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19 Sep 2010 // 8:57 PM

Amabutho: Sikelela

An album of disciplined rhythmic force.

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25 Jul 2010 // 8:59 PM

Various Artists: South Africa

Framed by Putumayo, the Rainbow Nation sounds unified. South Africa presents, not so much a country, as a massive group hug.

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‘Invictus’: Remember the Springboks

The 1995 Rugby World Cup victory by hometown team South Africa may not have had the lasting effects on race relations many had hoped for, but it's still a hopeful moment worth revisiting, as Clint Eastwood does with Invictus

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Various: Next Stop… Soweto Vol.2

The story of each track is the story of the more direct African-American sounds of funk, groove, soul, and so forth coming up against another kind of music that is alien to them.

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6 Jun 2010 // 8:10 AM

BLK JKS: ZOL!

South Africa-based BLK JKS release an EP just in time for the World Cup.

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Various Artists: Next Stop… Soweto: Township Sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaqanga

The 20 tracks of this frequently delightful anthology provide further evidence for the importance of the new vinyl archaeology in remembering the African popular past.

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Victim’s Gay Hero and Modern Marvels of Social Change

No, gays won’t have to march- there are plenty more ways for heroes to come out to battle. What if lynching had gone viral? Remember that Dr. King had no iPhone, hence the distance between Montgomery and Atlanta was enormous, but dwarfed by now the Internet (not to mention I-85).

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6 Nov 2009 // 3:48 AM

Endgame

Endgame crafts a crackling thriller out of the tangle of crafty maneuvering and happenstance that put a stop to South Africa's apartheid.

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The Servants’ Quarters by Lynn Freed

Is this worth reading? For lovers of what we might conveniently label “the Jane Eyre genre”, yes.

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A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

A crime novel where the reader is bewildered rather than scheming and conjecturing makes for a lethargic trek.

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Vusi Mahlasela: Guiding Star

Though its 16 tracks vary in subject, style, and dynamic, each seems to be an unadulterated cry from Mahlasela's soul.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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