South Africa

Nelson Mandela: Eight Musical Tributes

Friday, December 6, 2013

It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world, and at peace with myself.

Here we share a series of songs dedicated to the legacy and revolutionary spirit of Nelson Mandela. His moral courage remains a testament to the good that humanity can accomplish, if only we find the fortitude to do so. We'll miss you, Madiba. We hope you are singing and dancing ... wherever you are.


The Struggle Continues

PEN 2013: South Africa in Two Acts

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013, 5:00pm
Cooper Union: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

Saturday afternoon's event, moderated by Peter Godwin, took its time in unfolding a series of observations regarding the current state of South African society and the remnants of Apartheid, which "ended" nearly twenty years ago.

"The Help" ... Lesotho-Style

Friday, February 24, 2012

MASERU, Lesotho – Living overseas, I sometimes fall out of touch with the latest “buzz” within American culture. Like which Hollywood sleepers are garnering acclaim from the critics.

Gambit (The Art of Creating) No. 1 - Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The following conversation took place via email. Between Novuyo and myself, we exchanged about 35 emails, in which I was greatly moved by her dedication (as you would see) to her writing, her understanding of her craft, and her willingness to engage. I have never met Novuyo in person, but it feels as though I have known her for a long time. Indeed, there are few of the writers scheduled in this series that I can recognize from a distance. I am yet to fully come to terms with what this means, suggests.

Getting A Fade in South Africa

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ever wonder what it would be like to get a shape-up in South Africa? Well, ponder no longer.

Photographer Simon Weller has released a new book called "South African Township Barbershops & Salons," a pictorial slash study that examines and reveals how barbershops in South Africa are more than just places of business, but in fact are the cultural and social epicenters for local community building. 

Below are just some of the visually stunning photos that can be found in the book.

Via Brainpicker

The Crimes of Our Time

Fresh Angles Series: Talya Chalef and Space(s) of Theatre

Monday, January 24, 2011

Talya Chalef is an independent theatre-maker working in multidisciplinary visual performance work and is currently based in New York City where she is pursuing her MFA in playwriting within Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Wandering Words, Wandering People

World Cup Photo of the Week: The Trophy Water Pipe/Bong

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Since its 2 weeks in and it should be my natural "cultural" responsibility to ramp up the coverage on the World's greatest sporting event here at the Mantle, this picture is my first contribution. If this was 03', a Chappelle skit definitely would've been in order. 

Props to Foreign Policy

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