Tag: south africa

What to Wear When in South Africa

I’m hooked on this street/party style blog from South Africa called “Skattie What Are You Wearing?” There are candid photos of hipsters, scenesters, and fashionistas galore. I laughed when I saw a friend who lives in Cape Town captured in a photo. It’s winter in South Africa, and these people look good. Photos via Skattie […]

Spoek Mathambo’s Skeletons

I first heard about Spoek Mathambo because of his hot group Sweat.X. But I almost missed that he released an awesome solo album late last year; the hybrid sounds are teasing and unexpected and in your face and usually political. Below is his song “Mshini Wam,” which is a contraction of the phrase “Umshini Wami” […]

Impressions from South Africa

I found South Africa to be a strange place: caught between a painful past and an awkward present, and not knowing what to do with itself, kind of like the Deep South. My memories of Cape Town are multi-layered: on one layer, thrilling, because of the sheer beauty and randomness of the city, and on […]

Long Live the Dead Queen

Mary Sibande, a South African artist, is one of the sharpest visual critics I’ve seen in a long time. In her latest series, “Long Live the Dead Queen,” she takes a look at a popular, persistent portrayal of black women in South African society — as the ever faithful maid — and then subverts those […]

Blk Jks

I love South African rock, as I’ve said here before, and especially the members of Blk Jks (pronounced Black Jacks). The still-new band was the headliner of World Cup. As usual, they lit up the stage with their blend of moody, punk-ish, rousing music. One of my favorite songs of theirs is the short hymn […]

The Very Best

I almost can’t believe I haven’t mentioned The Very Best here before. They made my favorite album of last year (and to be honest, this year, too) and are one of a few new acts that I have fallen in love with recently. Made up of Malawian singer and musician Esau Mwamwaya and British DJ-outfit […]

An African World Cup

I won’t repeat all that has been said about the historic significance of Africa’s first World Cup. It’s a big deal, obviously. While South Africa is still the continent’s most economically advanced (and) politically stable nation, and even though the ways in which Africa will financially and diplomatically benefit from the tournament are severely limited, […]

South Africans and Their Bicycles

Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler are both South African and both cyclists in a country that doesn’t have much of a cycling culture. Instead, in South Africa and several other African countries, bikes are prized more for utility than leisure or sport: a good way to get from one place to another, an efficient way […]

South Africa’s Street Style

There was such a stir on the web and among this blog’s readers about the stylish gentleman of the Congo that I wanted to give a shout out to the photographer Nontsikelelo Veleko and her portraits of street style in South Africa. Veleko reminds me of The Sartorialist in some ways, but without the superficial […]

God Bless South African Rock

To continue the series of music-related posts, feast your ears on Blk Jks, a South African rock band that hails from the chaotic metropolis that is Johannesburg. I generally love South African music across genres because it all seems to be united by intensely deep, pulsing, contagious rhythms that always make me realize when I […]