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09.10.14 Sophie Weiner

After a warm up set by a club DJ who overstayed his welcome, and at least ten minutes of dramatic intro music, Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er entered the stage at Terminal 5, bundled in Hazmat-orange sweatsuits, but not for long. Over the course of the few first songs, Die Antwoord’s weirdo mash-up of hip hop and dance […]

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07.07.14 Sophie Weiner

Shield And Spear, a new documentary by Petter Ringbom, explores the continuing transformation of South Africa via the stories of its artists. The film, which will screen at the Durban International Film Festival, sets the end of apartheid as a starting point of a story that’s continuing to unfold, in a place where “every freedom must be […]

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03.12.14 Marina Galperina

Johannesburg’s art photographer Roger Ballen’s new work Asylum of the Birds bares all his usual visual tropes — harsh and flat monochrome, immaculately-posed subjects, childish decorative scrawls, precariously constructed props and… poverty. Also, birds. Ballen is “fascinated with birds.” This documentary short shot by Ben Jay Crossman (Streets Of Fietas) shows his process in making the series. This involves stepping into […]

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03.05.14 Marina Galperina

Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down documentary feature just premiered at the One World Film Festival 2014 in Prague. Using unedited news and archival footage and testimonies, the film exposes the 2012 massacre of workers at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine in Marikana. The police had opened fire on protesting miners and killed 34, then falsified documents and testimonies. Some of the […]

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12.05.13 Bucky Turco

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African civil rights hero (and former president) responsible for helping end apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose life story inspired a heartwarming film starring Matt Damon which tried to get us all to love rugby, has passed away due to complications from a lung infection. He was 95. (Photo: […]

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05.06.13 Andy Cush

Attend South Africa’s OppiKoppi music fest this summer will be greeted by perhaps history’s friendliest UAVs: a fleet of drones that will drop beers by parachute to anyone who orders them. In the video below, the flying booze bots are operated by remote control, but festival organizers eventually hope to make them fully automatic, with […]

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05.22.12 Marina Galperina

After a controversial portrait of President Jacob Zuma brandishing exposed genitals was vandalized in Johannesburg, the Goodman Gallery is temporarily closing down the “Hail to the Thief II” exhibit. Watch as the polite attackers are viciously taken down by gallery security. Well, one of them. […]

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09.13.10 Marina Galperina

Bicycle Portraits is a Kickstarter-funded photo book project by Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler. Commuter cyclists aren’t common in South Africa, despite the “expensive and unsafe” public transport system, making these portraits of ordinary people with their bicycles and their stories that more affecting. […]

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09.10.09 Bucky Turco

Next time you complain about your high speed internet service, keep this in mind: “A South African information technology company on Wednesday proved it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country’s leading internet service provider.” |NYDN| […]

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