Cape jazz captures the story of the Mother City with its fusion of "Cape Coons" carnival music and rhythms from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Now, tour operator Andulela Experience offers a jazz safari that allows visitors to explore this unique sound through interactive tours across the city.
A slew of international awards has been bagged by The Forgotten Kingdom, a story of a young man's return to his roots inspired by and filmed in the mystical magic of Lesotho. The cinematography matches the breath-taking scenery, earning its cinematographer the Haskell Wexler Award in New York.
The complex art of pyrography is used by artist Nicholas Ojo, who has created a series of portraits of the men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Among the historical figures he has included are Nelson Mandela and Ken Saro Wiwa, but perhaps the most arresting is his portrait of the Mother of the Nation.
That funky Afrobeat is what gets Frank Gossner up in the morning. It is what kept him in Africa for several years, and it is what brings him back frequently. The German DJ is hunting down rare African blues, disco and funk records, and bringing them to an appreciative global audience.
A colloquium on South African literature, "Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On", is planned for Britain's University of York. The diversity of voices in the country and how they have reflected on the complex changes and continuities in writing and literary studies over the past 20 years will be under discussion.