Category Archives: South African Culture

Tracks, a theatrical tale

The So Solo Festival directed by Gita Pather is now in its fourth year.  This year Pather commissioned a work for the Festival – Tracks by Maude Sandham and Nicola Pilkington. Performed by Maude Sandham, Tracks, with all the wealth … Continue reading

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The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects

Title:  The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects Text:  War Museum of the Boer Republics Photos: War Museum of the Boer Republics Cover:  Simon Richardson Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers Date: 2017 Format:  Hard cover ISBN:  978-1-86842-767-3     The War Museum … Continue reading

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Phuma-Langa, culture shock

I don’t always “like” Mamela Nyamza’s work.  It often makes me acutely uncomfortable.  Phuma-Langa falls into this category. I did “love” it though and recommend that you go to  see it tonight (15 September) or tomorrow night (16 September). The … Continue reading

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It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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BASA Award nominees

  One of the most exciting things for the arts is the formation of a sponsoring partnership with a corporate sponsor.  The BASA Awards are based on the premise of drawing attention to these corporate sponsors, and acknowledging the role … Continue reading

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Baobabs, a book review

A fascinating book filled with specialist information made palatable for non-botanists.  Lots of illustrations and bright clear photographs make this a beautiful book.  I got caught up in the book and spent a happy afternoon with it. The book starts … Continue reading

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Dancing the Death Drill, a book review

Fred Khumalo’s book centered around the event of the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917, starts in 1958, when our hero, the head waiter in a French restaurant, ostensibly from Algeria, just eight months away from retirement, suddenly stabs … Continue reading

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