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Science and the making of My Octopus Teacher
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Arts, Culture and Sport Science and the making of My Octopus Teacher

The news that My Octopus Teacher had won an Oscar for the Best Documentary at the 93rd Academy Awards was met with elation in the Cape Peninsula’s Deep South where naturalist, film-maker and co-star Craig Foster lives and freedives. But underpinning the film was his relationship with two University of Cape Town (UCT) marine biologists, Foster’s science and marine tracking mentors.

Navigating new identities – A review of Andrew Chatora’s Diaspora Dreams
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Arts, Culture and Sport Navigating new identities – A review of Andrew Chatora’s Diaspora Dreams

Since Zimbabwe’s transition into a migratory nation, many Zimbabwean authors have dealt with the migrant question, Brian Chikwava’s Harare North and Sue Nyathi’s Gold Diggers being two stellar examples. Andrew Chatora’s debut novel Diaspora Dreams navigates new identities that Zimbabweans living in the diaspora are forced to assume and new challenges they must overcome to survive.

KwaChirere previews Diaspora Dreams, a novel by Andrew Chatora
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Arts, Culture and Sport KwaChirere previews Diaspora Dreams, a novel by Andrew Chatora

Memory Chirere, a writer and literature lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe previews Diaspora Dreams, Andrew Chatora’s debut novel. It’s not the usual tale about a young Zimbabwean coming to the UK because of the crisis back home. Chatora rather “takes a very courageous and startling detour with this new book”.

Afrojazz innovator meditates mortality and pandemic creativity
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Arts, Culture and Sport Afrojazz innovator meditates mortality and pandemic creativity

Vital Signs, the critically acclaimed pandemic album by Zimbabwean jazz innovator Vee Mukarati, masterfully negotiates the lockdown dilemma of being relevant to your time while staying true to your art. Mukarati swings, meditates and sings on mortality, precarity and alienation on an album that is, at once, deeply personal, richly Zimbabwean and unmistakably global. The Switzerland-based artist discusses navigating the challenges of lockdown creativity in this exclusive interview with This Is Africa.