Recently the whole world has been struck by the racism outburst that took place on social media, from the H&M saga which features a young black boy wearing a hoodie written “coolest monkey in the jungle” and remarkable slurs and detrimental statements about African, Asians and Haitian Nations by the American president.
Isambulo, a South African theatrical Musical Play, was held for a period of three weeks at the South African State Theater in Pretoria. The musical play focuses mainly on artifacts of cultural importance in a more religious spectrum;
South Africa’s current art scene is thriving. Young people all over the globe are speaking loudly through their art thus making these artists work an imaginative art form, and being inspired by the events that occur in the universe.
Magoose community and Escalating Heights Spoken Word Session have collaborated in a joint uplifting way to help build black communities in South Africa, but firstly picking off in the city of Tshwane, they plan on achieving their goal through the power literature in a more social way.
The sportscene capsule fest event was live at Mary Fitz-gerald square in Newtown Johannesburg this past Saturday. The event was organised by South African fashion retail chain Sportscene to showcase the best in street culture from music, fashion, art, to food and a whole lot more.
What does Mandela day mean to me as a young South African? Mandela day first and foremost is a day which was not only the birthday of the late South African leader, he was born on the 18th of July 1918, it is also a day dedicated to the former statesman and his 67 years of selfless dedication to the struggle of the attainment of freedom in the country.
SZA’s long awaited debut album ‘Ctrl’, is a raw R&B album that tests the boarders of the genre. The cover of the album has SZA sitting amongst a bed of broken computers a far cry from the industrialised man-made life. She explains her vision behind her artwork as breaking away from our societies overly dependence on the internet and technology – constantly hiding behind our phone screens and social apps, in order to express our thoughts and feelings. Ctrl is a 14 track project that is stripped down to perfection, where sza puts her deepest insecurities on the forefront, however she puts on display her new sense of confidence and freedom on herself and her craft as well.
The album skips the friendly hello’s and goes straight into sza’s world, she breathlessly leaps between genres. Originally titled A, the debut album was supposed to conclude the trilogy of her self-titled release following 2013’s S and 2014’s Z, which was her official entry into the music industry. ‘’I’m talking a lot of grimy shit, but its truth,’’ she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2016 when the album was scheduled to be released.
Over a lonely electric guitar riff, the opening track ‘’Supermodel’’, the sets the tone for the album: ‘’let me tell you a secret/I’ve been secretly banging your homeboy/why you in Vegas all up on valentine’s day?’’. The setup isn’t fictional at all, she revealed in the same interview with Entertainment Weekly that one of her songs on the album would be about her ex-boyfriend who left her on Valentine’s Day and she slept with his friend as revenge. ‘’It will be the first time he hears about it,’’ she said.
Ctrl is about sexual freedom while also having your hunger for intimacy be taken seriously. On the ‘’Doves in the wind,’’ Sza sings about Forrest Gump, as the kind of guy that sees women as more than just their bodies and who ‘’deserves the whole box of chocolates’’. Sza takes comfort in Forrest Gump character Jenny Curran, on her Z album the track ‘’warm winds,’’ Sza quotes Jenny’s “Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far away’’ prayer. However, she finds solace in the sweetness which is offered to the adult Jenny by Forrest. And those sentiments bleed through on songs like ‘’Normal girl’’ which is about a being unable to find a partner who wants to take her home to meet his family and not just at home in his bedroom.
‘’Love galore’’ which features Travis Scott is the perfect anthem. Travis and Sza pose the question of the year with ‘’why you bother me when you know that you don’t want me?’’. Which is the most potent question in 2017 where loneliness is so much easier to combat finger-to-screen instead of face-to-face. The foil is in ‘’The Weekend,’’ a track that is about sharing a boyfriend with other women; the hook: ‘’my man is my man is your man, heard it’s her man, too’’, which has a tone of freedom as well as sadness which settles over the entire track. This female artist seems to know that there are adjustments one makes to boast their sense of self-worth and little lies we tell ourselves to turn a bad situation into something we believe we want.
However, the albums finest moment comes when we hear ‘’Prom’’, a meditation on the existing worry of youthful aging: ‘’fearin’ not growin’ up/keeping me up at night/am I doin’ enough/feel like I’m wastin’ time’’. You can easy hear some of the indie influence on some of the songs even though there are trap percussions especially on songs like Gadern (say it like dat).
With her debut album, Sza went outside of the confines of the R&B genre, which might be a contrast that is meaningless in the greedy context of 2017. She has the guts to say that it doesn’t feel shitty, that it is shitty because she is in touch with loves fragilities and she understands that it is worth protecting.
Another thing that I picked up when talking to females about the subject was that there are different kinds of feminisms. I did not know this. I thought feminism would have been that one thing that all women from all spheres finally agreed upon, obviously I was wrong. A very smart journalist and colleague of mine whom I am fortunate to call a friend, and who also happens to be a woman, told me this. She told me “there is the Beyoncé kind of feminism, where a woman’s liberation is depended on the man”, which in my understanding is not the right kind because in her words “that type of feminism is not the one!” She told me that there is a more revered kind of feminism, like the Nigerian author and women rights activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s one which will not yield to the made-up ascendency of a man at all costs. It is complicating I know. I went to a job interview not so long ago, and one of the panellists who was female, asked me what I thought about feminism. I was taken aback, it was the first time that I was bluntly confronted with this question. I did not know how to react; I was skating on thin ice with each word I uttered and I am not ashamed in admitting that I trembled a tad bit. I realise that this topic is one that is supposedly supposed to not be within the barricades of male locker room talk or any space for that matter but when confronted with it in the most random of ways, like a job interview, you are expected to now on the spot riddle a favourable unpractised response and that is rather unfair in my opinion.
Feminists have made it taboo for men to even come out and support the cause. Even calling it a cause might be considered misogyny by some feminists, I do not know, but my not knowing should not be reason to persecute me and throw me inside the shade of the holey umbrella of “men are trash”. Why can’t I as a man openly concede that I am not trash and still be able to sympathise with women and the prejudices that gave rise to feminism. I for one am a man who wholeheartedly admits that gender inequalities are rife and I avail myself to learning about these wrongs. Women are subjected to abuse; they are raped, kidnapped and trafficked, they are hooked on drugs and forced into a life of prostitution by men. Surely feminists understand my frustrations of being put on the same banner with such a quality of man. I myself happen to find such conduct trash and I happen to be surrounded by many men like myself. What about that type of man? Does he not get any credit? Is asking for credit for not being trash make me trash? Remember this is written by a man who perceptibly is not well versed on the subject. I am certain that Chimamanda herself certainly does not believe that all men are trash.
I believe that there is a specific kind of man that is indeed trash and I believe that there is a special place for him in hell and on the same breathe believe that his should be a rain coat so he is covered in those colours alone. I am also not saying that the ‘men are trash’ movement was a result of feminism gone wrong; I am almost certain that it trended because of the not-so-sudden spree of female killings by their partners and the increase in the trafficking of women and children in the country in the last few months but I also do believe that it was in those proportions it were on social media and all media alike because of the rise of feminists and feminism in the country in the last few years. Now, what caused this rise would be the question in the mind of any curious person like me. What was it that caused this sudden increase in this so-called women movement? One might look at a few facts; it is no secret that South Africa as a country has been shown to be abusing towards its women. We are the world’s rape capital which means that our women are more prone to being raped than any other woman in the world and violent crimes against women in this country have been steadily increasing year after year since the nineties. I do not believe that men are trash… I don’t. And I also do not believe that our sisters believe that all of us are trash too but let’s face it guys. Men in this country have been trash for a long time now and it hurts me to say this to the non-trash men like myself but it looks like we in the minority fellas, and you know what they say about a democracy, the majority rules. So here we go, “men are trash”
The city of Johannesburg is the most densely populated city in the Republic of South Africa. It is the economic and entertainment hub of the country and boasts the richest square mile in Africa, a posh and classy outskirt by the name of Sandton. A lot can be said about the city of gold.
Kalahari Thyme – Bar & Grill is a new restaurant situated on 289 Fox Street, Maboneng that opened recently. I and my friends are one of the first people to become regular patrons at this gem of a restaurant.