My Life

Ways of loving, a short story

Ways of loving, a short story

My aunt has an eidetic memory. She’s super sensitive and really, a softie. It was my birthday last month and she called to wish me a fantastic one. The call was brief, even with her bringing up the kinds of things kids roll their eyes at, even though they tickle...
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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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Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Jackie Queens. Refentše Solo. Those are the people I am most excited about seeing at the annual Fete de la Musique concert. The free event returns to Newtown Junction on June 8. This year, there will be six stages and you can catch acts like the incredible Jackie Queens as...
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Can I be a chameleon?

Can I be a chameleon?

“It’s like you’re a chameleon,” said my nail technician. She was selling me the dream of multichrome grabbers. I wasn’t convinced but since she’s never steered me wrong, I went with it. After a few days of marveling at how my nails change according to how the light hits them,...
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Only the people can count you out

Only the people can count you out

The chants were thunderous. For the first time that day, they drowned out beats blaring from the stage upstairs. One word rained down on the bassement of the dilapidated train station: “Emtee! Emtee! Emtee!” At a glance, Stage 2 at Riky Rick’s inaugural Cotton Fest looked like the designated spot...
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She’s Such a F-ing Lady!

She’s Such a F-ing Lady!

When I’m listening to a conversation - an interview on the radio, teachings by a popular person via podcasts or even eavesdropping nje - there is always a point when I go: hm, how would I answer that? I don’t know if you do this too but, often, I get...
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Post-Koppi musings

Post-Koppi musings

Two years ago, I swore I’d never go to Oppikoppi again. Nothing bad happened. I had just been going to the festival in Limp City since I was a baby writer. I’d missed some years but overall, part of my job was attending festivals like that and I did it...
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i(m)bali is back!

I know, I know. I really played myself by not staying committed to the i(m)bali podcast. But today, I was just so restless that I realised my newly mounted priority list was making me crazy. But I realised that too late. Now though... I'm happy to say I got over...
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Celebrating Bra Hugh

Celebrating Bra Hugh

Last week, we went and watched A Celebration of Bra Hugh Masekela at the Joburg Theatre. I wasn't ready for all the feels. It had a limited run and thankfully, it wasn't a musical about the legend's life. Too soon. Too much pressure. It was actually a look at some...
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Qhawe lamaqhawe

The week Mam'Winnie passed away was a heavy one. Before, Thandiswa Mazwai had put on her all womxn show and performed Nizalwa Ngobani. You'll know there's a part where she sings Madikizela (and Sobuke, Biko, Mandela etc) with the qhawe lamaqhawe backing in between. Somehow, everyone only associates this part...
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