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Prince, pessimism and protest songs

Prince, pessimism and protest songs

Yesterday was Prince’s birthday.  A mononym. A master. A maverick. Today is the day I logged into my emails to find that the letter I wrote to the Military Ombudsman was returned with an “address not found” error message. I was hoping to find, instead, an acknowledgement of my email...
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Moozlie vs Rouge catalogue battle

Moozlie vs Rouge catalogue battle

“Friend!”    Rouge uses the apple-green lollipop in her head to emphasise her exclamation.    “The one I am going to kill you with is the one you are featured on so now it’s awkward.”   The one refers to Mbongo-Zaka, a song by Rouge featuring Moozlie, and this is...
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On: The #CottonFest2020 Bowling Invitational

On: The #CottonFest2020 Bowling Invitational

“Nah,” Twiggy’s gloss shimmers on parts of her lips as she shakes her head. “I only want winners on my team.” A mischievous smile is drawn on the face that’s helped to bring attention to a variety of brands from K-Way to Corona. The content creator whose real name is...
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On: Solo’s The Dreamer’s ABCs

On: Solo’s The Dreamer’s ABCs

A square clock is suspended from the ceiling. The short hand is placed on the eight and the long one waves past two. Below the clock, and on the floor, a banner with the Soweto Theatre and Joburg Theatre logos stands tall behind a close-together band set-up including keys, MPC...
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Nadia strips down to bare her soul

Nadia strips down to bare her soul

I was feeling super under the weather yesterday. Definitely was not trying to go anywhere. Then my Dude encouraged me to go to Nadia Nakai's launch of her debut album, Nadia Nakai. Below is a little snippet of how it looked and sounded. You know how I loved the Bragga...
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A Superstar is born

A Superstar is born

Sho Madjozi used the word “superstar” twice in her acceptance speech. The musician took home the Best New International Act award at the 2019 BET Awards, which took place in Los Angeles this week. Much has already been said about this win so I won’t bore you with my opinion....
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An AMPD Masterclass

An AMPD Masterclass

Last month, I went to the media launch of Old Mutual’s AMPD Studios. I arrived to Thandiswa Mazwai on the couch with Mam’ Letta Mbulu. In front of the audience that included the likes of Bab’ Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (who performed that evening), Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Bonj, they chatted...
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There’s no stopping Moozlie

There’s no stopping Moozlie

Moozlie speaks to Helen Herimbi about Vutha, Versus and vulnerability on Victory It’s hard to get Moozlie to sit still. It’s late August 2018 and people are trickling into the room. The rapper, whose real name is Nomuzi Mabena, is greeting folks and stopping to have meaningful engagement. She sports...
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KFC partners with Stogie T, Touchline and Boity

KFC partners with Stogie T, Touchline and Boity

“And, yeah. I’m here,” Boity grins at the camera. “It’s changed.” That’s followed by a manicured thumbs-up and a bite of the bottom lip. It’s a cute moment that serves as the ending to The Sobering’s video recap of KFC’s #TheWrapGameHasChanged launch. We've been hearing about how #TheWrapGameHasChanged from @KFCSA,...
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