Billed as ‘Africa’s biggest celebration of cultural heritage’, Africa Day celebrations return to Newtown, Johannesburg, on 28 May. Kagiso Mnisi considers the anatomy of the modern-day African festival and wonders whether this event will make the grade and join the other greats of our curated cultural spaces, such as Festac in Nigeria, Lake of the Stars in Malawi and Chale Wote in Ghana
Not to be left behind by the Mbeki era African renaissance doctrine, Soweto based markets and social gatherings latched onto the narrative to become centres that gave a platform to a newly attained Afrocentric pride.
South African-born singer/songwriter Toya Delazy has a wide-ranging repertoire as a performer. Not only does she sing, she’s also a dancer and an accomplished piano player. The 2013 BET Awards-nominee is set to burn up the Lake Of The Stars stage this year with her unique hybrid sound – a synthesis of jazz, electro, and hip hop influences.
The idea of a smart city within the continent is draped in novelty . This utopian narrative showers those who reside in it with the promise of uninterrupted connectivity, supplied surely by corporates able to farm data under the pretext of enabling innovation, employment and ultimately seeing ‘Africa Rising’
Kagiso Mnisi caught up with Just A Band, from Nairobi, to talk about the promise of the digital age, the merits of Afrofuturism, and other trends coming out of a continent where personal stories are starting to take centre stage.
Johannesburg is being envisioned as a “World Class African City of the Future”. But the way the phrase “World Class” is used makes it sound like a positioning device that aims to equate the city to a European other
Two things served as opiates to South Africans in 2013: the spate of civil servant protests against poor service delivery and Donald Moatshe’s single “I deserve”. The latter evoked a frenzy in township shebeens, backyard parties in leafy suburbia and arenas.
“Like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba, Brenda’s music will always be in our lives. We will smile when we think of her. South Africa will never be the same without her.” – Hugh Masekela, from the foreword of a new book of essays about Brenda Fassie.