A scene from ‘Inxeba’.
The banned film Inxeba certainly deserves more than to languish in the mire of South African scandal.
Spring Festival Gala with some Chinese actors in blackface.
In China, like in other parts of the world, Africa is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.
A scene from the controversial movie ‘Inxeba’ : The Wound.
The decision by South Africa's Film and Publication Board to ban the film Inxeba has been widely criticised.
In a society like South Africa's that is increasingly becoming polarised, simplified opinions should be approached with caution.
Hugh Masekela’s 30 years of exile began shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre.
Hugh Masekela's itinerary-in-exile was loud and clear in his songs.
"Critique of Black Reason" offers readers insight into how the construction of race and racism underpins our understanding of modernity.
Hugh Masekela performing during the 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
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South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.
Aryan Kaganof (2017)
Performing art music in South Africa today is ideologically ambiguous. And in this ambiguity, there is much artistic and intellectual interest.
Keur Gui - Thiat, left, and Kilifeu, right.
The international community has failed to recognise the new political visions being articulated by young musicians and activists across Africa.
The Junkyard Band.
In 1985 The Junkyard Band shifted the paradigm by challenging Reaganomics. Many of those same key issues still rage on today, across the world.
Local residents holding Chinese and Olympic flags attend a rehearsal in Chongli county of Zhangjiakou ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the "modernity game". But they don't make the rules, and so they can never "win".
Ron Eland, at far left, in Great Britain’s 1948 Olympic team. The stories of Eland and other black athletes must be told.
Pic taken from Haliday, J. (1950). Olympic Weight-lifting with Body Building for all. London: Pullum & Sons
Writing and rewriting black sporting history is a means of redressing exclusion.
Amos Tutuola’s work is enjoying renewed interest and support.
Amos Tutuola has contributed significantly to the resilience of ways of life and worldviews that could easily have disappeared under the weight of colonialism, globalisation and the market economy.
Statues like these - here Paul Kruger at Pretoria’s Church Square - are a reminder of a time when Afrikaners were the ruling class in South Africa.
Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa struggle with a historical sense of inferiority that reinforces their whiteness.
Renowned South African poet and liberation struggle hero Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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Keorapetse Kgositsile was made South Africa’s national poet laureate in 2006, the only person to have been given the honour.
Leon Thomas - from his debut album ‘Spirits Known and Unknown’.
The protest song "Malcolm's gone" not only pays tribute to one of the most influential black leaders, but provocatively likens him, as a Muslim and so-called enemy of the state, to Jesus Christ.
15th Street Platform with Writer, NYC.
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Perhaps it is time to return to the belief that graffiti is a political act. Maybe then we can embrace it as an agent for social change.
The cover of “Ghost town”.
A 1981 odd and eerie protest song, 'Ghost Town', still resonates today. It remains a cry out against injustice, against closed off opportunities by those who have pulled the ladder up.
Johnny Hallyday in concert in May 2014.
Johnny Hallyday was more than a music icon, he was a cultural symbol for the French lower and the middle classes. In his death he reconciled the country with the term popular culture.
Ségou is rich in arts and crafts, and has built its famous festival around the performing arts.
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Ségou in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that's inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.