Quixotic South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp has got his District 9 weirdness back, if the trailer for his new film Chappie – starring zef rap-rave group Die Antwoord, as well as Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver – is anything to go by.
Storytelling is the new rock n roll, says Rian Malan. Known for his own expert storytelling, his latest project, with Ann Toerien, is bringing out the stories of Johannesburg. Invited artists will tell their tales of the city of gold in The Unbelievable Truth, four themed evenings about life in Jozi.
Into the dark days of censorship and apartheid swept Shifty Records, recording South African bands making music about life in a brutal country. It was the 1980s and the birth of a new local music scene. View iconic images of South Africa's underground anti-apartheid music scene.<
Billie Zangewa's silk tapestries mirror the world of the contemporary urban African woman. A sometime soul singer and lauded textiles artist, she describes her evocative works as visually sensual and self-exploratory.
In a time of political turmoil and severe cultural repression, Shifty Records produced indie South African bands promoting free thought, and challenging apartheid. The record company, initially operating out of a caravan, grew to record some of the country's most important South African music.