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BOOK REVIEW: The Hum of the Sun, by Kirsten Miller

The Hum of the Sun, by Kirsten Miller (Kwela, 2018) Writing about tragedy is easy enough. Include disability in that narrative and there is no...

BOOK REVIEW: The Broken River Tent by Mpush Ntabeni (Blackbird)

We live in a time when some white people deny that apartheid was a crime against humanity. In the midst of such clear and...

BOOK REVIEW: Pleasure, by Nthikeng Mohlele

The book Pleasure is an extensive but not exhaustive text that seeks to explore and interrogate the phenomenon that is Pleasure. To identify it,...

Hugh Masekela: the horn player with a shrewd ear for music of the day

by Gwen Ansell, University of Pretoria Trumpeter, flugelhorn-player, singer, composer and activist Hugh Ramapolo Masekela has passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer. When...

BOOK REVIEW: Yakhal’inkomo: A Portrait of a Jazz Classic by Percy Mabandu

Blowing Mankunku back to life – Reading Yakhal’inkomo: A Portrait of a Jazz Classic by Percy Mabandu “It begins” – those are the opening...

A tribute to Keorapetse Kgositsile, SA’s poet laureate

by Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape Memories of Keorapetse Kgositsile (1938-2017), or Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, are of a poet...

BOOK REVIEW: The Ones with Purpose, by Cynthia Jele

A moving story set in New Hope township. The Mabuzas, whilst still affected and had barely recovered from the tragic and unexpected death of...

Gillian Stead Eilersen Immortalised Bessie Head in Thunder Behind her Ears

An oldie but a goodie, Thunder Behind Her Ears by Gillian Stead Eilersen is an enchanting yet tragic account of Bessie Head’s life, and...

‘Dancing the Death Drill’: historical fiction that tells us about today

by Manosa Nthunya, University of the Witwatersrand In his keynote speech at the recent South African Sunday Times Literary Awards the novelist, Zakes Mda, said...

BOOK REVIEW: Sankomota: An Ode in One Album

Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – Reflective Essay by Phehello J Mofokeng pays a well-deserved and powerful tribute to Sankomota, the internationally acclaimed...