Art and Culture

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South African Award-winning Gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away

Legendary gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away. Deborah, whose health took a turn for the worst last week when she suffered a stroke, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this afternoon. She was 56-years-old. According to close friends, she had been critically ill for the past seven days. The Gospel singer who is known … Continue reading

Teejay Omar releases new single

This morning, Friday the 29th of April 2022, Idols Season 10 competitor Teejay Omar Letlojane released a single titled, ‘Tsamaya’, it’s hot, fresh out of the oven! Teejay, real name Tsietso John Letlojane, grew up in Khutsong in Carletonville. WATCH TSAMAYA BY TEEJAY OMAR ON YOUTUBE: Commenting this evening on how the single was received, … Continue reading

Free at Last

This is a poem by Constance van Niekerk for everyone who has been rejected and have risen out of the pain. Continue reading

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners for 2022. Mike Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, announced the winners on the 29th of March, “Across ten extraordinary years, the Windham-Campbell Prizes have celebrated exceptional literary achievement and nurtured great talent by giving the precious gifts of time, space and creative freedom. We are … Continue reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – A Book Review

AUTHORS: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer HarperCollins, (2009) – 320 pages ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.’ Now a Netflix Film, … Continue reading

The Cost of Being a Woman – A Book Review

Book Review Title:         THE COST OF BEING A WOMAN Author:     NTHABISENG MOSUOE        ISBN:         978-0-620-92254-8     Publisher: Vulombe Enterprise & Publishing (2021) Only available in hard copies   The Cost of Being a Woman is a poignant autobiography of the author, Nthabiseng Mosuoe. I found her introduction very relevant at a time like this as the … Continue reading

Tortured Ugandan author arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, 33, is in Germany to seek medical treatment two weeks after fleeing Uganda, his lawyer says, slipped out of Uganda two weeks ago – after a court denied his application to have his passport returned – ahead of a criminal trial that was due to begin on Wednesday. Kakwenza said he was tortured in … Continue reading

“My name is Crystal Meth”

Written by Izwe Lethu, originally published on Facebook. I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.If you need me, remember I’m easily found, I live all around you – in schools and … Continue reading

Boys should be allowed to wear skirts as part of their school uniform, says activists

Cape Town – Questions and debates have arisen over a “boy wearing a dress” at a Cape school, and whether the pupil was abiding by the rules of the school. All of the furore seems to stem from a social media group claiming to be parents and alumni of the Cape high school who were … Continue reading

Warning to Christians

This is only for Christians. If you are not a Christian, then it will not mean anything to you. This message is only for those who believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah. So many times Christians talk about grace but, they do not understand it. Grace does not mean ‘live in sin’, NO! Grace does … Continue reading

Thebe Magugu with Kanye West or not

South African multi-award winning fashion designer has tweeted a photo with the caption: With @kanyewest at Schiaparelli. ‘Kan ye or Kan ye not’ at Schiaparelli fashion show in Paris. With @kanyewest at Schiaparelli 🤍 pic.twitter.com/aa4PK9phDm — THEBE MAGUGU (@_ThebeMagugu_) January 24, 2022 Many would be forgiven for being skeptical, for heaven’s sake why would a … Continue reading

Zimbabwean legendary musician Zex Manatsa, has passed away

Zimbabwe: Legendary musician of the ‘Chipo Chiroorwa’ fame Zex Manatsa, has passed away. He was 78 years old. News of his untimely death has been confirmed on his Facebook page: “With great sadness we would like to let everyone know that our Father, Our Legend, Pastor and Sekuru Zexie Manatsa, has succumbed to cancer. May … Continue reading


The 23rd of January 2022 is the 4th anniversary of the passing of South African iconic musician and cultural activist Hugh Masekela. To remember him and celebrate his life, Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Assupol will host a virtual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival on http://www.skyroomlive.com at 20:00 CAT. “My biggest obsession is to show Africans, … Continue reading

Fans react to Winky D’s ‘Happy Again’

Winky D, born Wallace Chirumiko is a multi-award winning ZimDancehall artist, popularly known as Dancehall Igwe, Ninja President and Gafa among other stage names. Winky has just released a new single after a while. The song premiered yesterday on YouTube. I’ve just watched the newly released video and I must say it’s quite a surprise. … Continue reading

Christmas, holiday or pagan tradition?

In all my forty-something years, I have never thought twice about Christmas. I absolutely love the atmosphere around this time of the year. The air seems different from the rest of the year. Surely, this is a special time. Long ago when I was a young girl, my parents would exchange Christmas cards with our … Continue reading

Ode to a Perfect Stranger

He scurried behind meIn a panic, My heart beating fast And arms sweatingfrom the brutal midday’s rays I increased my pace. He broke into a jog Relentlessly, And shamelessly he kept coming. A long time ago it was, Two thousand and three to be preciseYet, the memory remains fresh to date He crossed the broad … Continue reading

For the sake of my kids

Some of us said,We’re staying for the sake of my kidsKids who have never heard the words,I love youfrom their so-called fatherKids who don’t know how it feelsTo be hugged and kissed ‘good night’ by dadKids who have never played catchor go fishing with their fatherKids who did not know the sound of laughter in … Continue reading

Rob, the award-winning African wildlife artist

She might be Australian but definitely African at heart. I call her, MaMoyo, a befitting title for a woman with a heart of gold. She is Robyn Bromham, an artist with a heart for Africa and an African at heart. Rob is an extremely talented whose work is worldwide. Robyn’s work is absolutely amazing. Besides … Continue reading

Esther Ministry hosts a successful women’s conference in Vereeniging

Saturday the 23rd of October was the date and Three Rivers Lodge in Vereeniging the venue. It was a queen’s banquet indeed, a prestigious red carpet event and a successful one too. All the women dressed as brides as they identified themselves as the brides of Christ and the theme of the event was, ‘Rising … Continue reading

The Shack that has ears in Mahikeng, South Africa

Lockdown has been a nightmare for many causing a variety of problems that include job losses, depression and stress. Many in the art industry have not been able to be creative and make a living. However, there’s one film birthed during lockdown in the North West Province of South Africa that has been winning awards, … Continue reading

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