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Campaign and catwalk: MaXhosa by Laduma.

Inspired by creator Laduma Ngxokolo's Xhosa heritage, MAXHOSA BY LADUMA is an innovative knitwear line that seeks to preserve culture through contemporary fashion.

Traditional Xhosa aesthetics are merged with tailoring and garments from other parts of the world, all made with South African mohair and merino wool, to create items ranging from cardigans to cushion covers. Laduma’s designs are more specifically inspired and guided by the Xhosa Ulwaluko (male circumcision and initiation) ceremony, one of the most important events in the life of a young man as he graduates into manhood.

Undoubtedly one of my favourite local designers.

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All Africa, All the time.

MORNING MUSIC: Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba.

It’s never to late to say congratulations! Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African a capella group won their fourth Grammy at this year’s ceremony held this past weekend. 

The collective took home the award for ‘Best World Album’ for ‘Live: Singing for Peace around the World’, an award they shared with French flamenco group Gipsy Kings.

Founded by lead singer Joseph Tshabalala, the all-male choral group has been making music since the 1960s. Singing in the Zulu vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube, the group first gained worldwide prominence after collaborating with US artist Paul Simon on his hit album Graceland in 1986.

They received their first Grammy nomination in 1988 and, altogether, have been up for a Grammy a total of 13 times. The group have also been nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy for their short documentary film On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.

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As we commemorate and celebrate what would have been the 67th birthday of South African anti-apartheid human rights activist and Black Consciousness leader and founder Steve Biko, we’re putting a focus on his ideals and objectives by listening to this rare interview with Biko that took place shortly before he was assassinated by apartheid police in 1977.

In this crucial and definitive exchange between interviewer and interviewee, Biko clearly outlines and defines what the foundation of Black Consciousness is, the importance of socialism, wealth distribution and its relationship to the distribution of wealth in the country, the argument of human rights vs minority, what non-racialism means in this context, and reorganizing the mentality of a broken society.

He also touches on his stance concerning non-violence activism, what the oppressors fear most about the oppressed - their vengeance, the unfoundedness of racist logic, and makes an eerie prediction on the handing over of power to ‘black faces’ operating within the realm of a petty bourgeoisie sector that are puppets of progress. 

10 Places to Visit in Southern African

Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius

Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lie
near the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.

AfriSki Resort, Lesotho

Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.

Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi

A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.

National Museum of Slavery, Angola

Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.

December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.

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Really excited for Art Week Cape Town and after looking through their schedule, I’ve picked some of the standout events that I’m planning on attending beginning at the end of this month:

Budding designer Jane Elizabeth Kotze has just been announced as the winner of this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in collaboration with Mr. Price. 

About her vintage-inspired and print-heavy range that she designed for South African department store Mr. Price, where all the items will be available from both in-store and online, Jane says:

'I wanted retro styling and easy-to-wear pieces that you can mix and match and have fun with. The colours and prints are fun, fresh and vintage inspired and the destination tees make the collection a little tongue in cheek.’

The collection officially launches in Thursday at select Mr. Price stores nationwide and is available from Mr. Price’s online store from today.

Two African cities, Lagos and Johannesburg, listed in new book Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Garde as two of twelve global cities to keep an eye on for exciting emerging urban landscapes for contemporary art.

Kari Rittenbach, the book’s editor, describes these places as “urban areas that offer something beyond even prestigious museums and a thriving gallery culture”, and that offer their own creative economies and “critical feedback systems”.

PICTURED: Detail from “The Eclipse Will Not Be Visible to the Naked Eye,” by Dineo Seshee Bopape.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Vintage photographs of individuals from Africa.

Location unknown by judging by their attire and hairstyles, my assumption is Southern Africa.

Tell them what I did to you…
both judge and jury
Petals of your innocence
a witness to the floor.
Tiles on that fall of Spring in leaves-
pages of life rewritten
in the absence of the presence-
a blossom, au naturel like the
naked features of your face…

Doors closed in open spaces.
Take off your shoes,
tonight we set footprints
in seconds too short to remember-yet experienced
so long and lasting…
taste but do not savor instructions-
that good kind of bad, amber October.

Cracking and hissing firewood, a melting pot
of passion pulsing on her wrist-
Tired pleasure, hanging on that last moment
the promise of a tattoo.
Warm laughs like the oven of sunset…
let me Watch the coals in your eyes,
that lava-manna from the heaven below the 7th
A poem by a young Zimbabwean writer who goes by the pen name Adonis Young.

The first Zimbabwean to be featured on the Man Booker prize shortlist, the BBC’s Alan Kasujja speaks to NoViolet Bulawayo about the inspiration behind her coming-of-age novel We Need New Names, the writing culture and publishing industry in Zimbabwe, and the sociopolitical consciousness burden that often comes with being an African writer.

A stumbling block hard as a rock
Go to the left, it leftens
Go to the right, it rightens
Climb, it heightens
Go underneath, it deepens
Just a matter of two steps

A thirsty walk on the road
Water just two steps ahead
Two steps towards, it moves two steps away
Is this a case of fate postponed?
Or far too close?

The last two stanzas from Tswana poet Morongwa Matsau’s poem “Far Too Close”.
A Zulu man pulls his employer in a pedicab in Durban, South Africa.
Photograph by Melville Chater, National Geographic
October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

A Zulu man pulls his employer in a pedicab in Durban, South Africa.

Photograph by Melville Chater, National Geographic

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

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