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Twilight in Gomora

In the twilight a dog's wail can be heard in the distance, there is no real silence in the township, in between the stolen moments of serenity there are eerie sounds to remind the people of how low they fall on the food chain; a crying baby; a woman scolding her children for this thing or the other; a helicopter flying above the small houses looking for a stolen car; a terrifying gunshot in the distance.

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Bopha, Bopha, Bopha!!!

When I heard Mr Percy Mtwa (who wrote, directed and starred in the play) alongside his co-stars Mr Tshallo Chokwe and Mr Terrence Ngwila scream out those words at the end of the play, I couldn’t help but clap as hard as I could, yell as loudly as I could behind my mask and got on my feet. I looked around and noticed how everyone else who was in the theater had the same thought. These three gentlemen deserved the standing ovation they received.

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David Goldblatt’s Markers of Presence

“Lyricism seemed not only permissible but possi-ble. In the late ‘90s I became aware of colour as a particular quality of this place and its light that I wanted to explore. It seemed ‘thin’, yet intense,” wrote Goldblatt in the publication, Regarding In-tersections (Steidl, 2014).

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Rebirth of Cool: The Remix Project

"This is a special live stream project that will be broadcasting the first performance by the band since November 2019. This performance is special simply because the band will be playing remixes of their original songs. This is a never heard before concept and material," says DJ Kenzhero, band member and co-owner of MNM Marketing Solutions.

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Somi

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to Somi’s sound. A two-time recipient of The Doris Duke Foundation’s French-American Jazz Exchange Composers’ Grant, she is often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, with very good reason.

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South Africa, It Is Enough

Over the past few months, South Africa’s LGBTIQ+ community has been rocked by a series of brutal hate crimes against its members – from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng, from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape. At least six lives – that we know of – have been snuffed out in cold blood.

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Innocent Man Executed

He didn’t say a thing on the day of his execution by lethal injection on 20 April 2017. Ledell Lee (51), a Black American from Arkansas, only requested to be given holy communion. No dying words but only symbolism.

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