Archive for August 2012

The current apartheid…

Today I found myself at a public debate organised by BBC Africa radio at Wits University titled, “South Africa at 18: Do Black and White Still Matter in the Rainbow Nation?” The short answer to this, as we all know is, “Hell yeah! Of course colour still matters!” But in […]

Scratch turntable for my cat? I want it!

Gadget websites are dime a dozen on the multipipe, and most of them are boring as hell, offering an endless parade of expensive, rectangular computers of various sizes. The real deal gadget site, though, is It features ONLY stuff that you don’t need, but that is totally ridiculously, spent-the-rent […]

Video: The break he deserves: Bongeziwe Mabandla

A timeless voice that recalls Jabu Khanyile of Bayete, poignant lyrics of social realism and personal revelation and a folky style that will appeal to anyone who likes Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa, Zahara or Freshly. Bongeziwe Mabandla is a powerful presence and a vibrant new South African artist. He’s recently been […]

Hay in my Bullie for the pain

A guy in a moon boot lurks in the Bank queue. Sewe honderd, seblief. The Muffinz make nice with a veggie stir fry by the bin coz there’s the best light. Face masks save us from dust and ethnicity. I want to give you some good, good lovin…  They might […]

Umshini Wam: A short film starring Die Antwoord

Harmony Korrine wrote super-disturbing movie Kids. Whatever this movie’s about, it stars fellow purveyors of disturbingness, South African zef rap-rave crew Die Antwoord. The movie premiered at the SXSW festival and it’s about gangster dudes in animal costumes rocking wheelchairs with hologram rims and roking joints the size of batons. […]

Nitpicking and the revenge of the lice pariahs

Look, I know I don’t have Aids.            I can’t possibly have Aids, because this year I’ve had more Aids tests than I’ve even been out to a nightclub.             So I don’t have any HIV antibodies present in my blood, and thus I also have an insurance policy, a flat […]