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The Life of Steve Biko Chronicled Through Google’s Cultural Institute.
The brilliantly compiled Google Cultural Institute website offers a unique interactive and in-depth view into the life of Steve Biko, complete with timelines, photographs and important documents, compiled and archived from various sources include the Steve Biko Foundation, the South African History Archive, Africa Media Online and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
Check it out here.

The Life of Steve Biko Chronicled Through Google’s Cultural Institute.

The brilliantly compiled Google Cultural Institute website offers a unique interactive and in-depth view into the life of Steve Biko, complete with timelines, photographs and important documents, compiled and archived from various sources include the Steve Biko Foundation, the South African History Archive, Africa Media Online and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

Check it out here.

"Black man, you are on your own" - Steve Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977).

September 12th, marks the day South Africa anti-Apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was killed in police custody in Pretoria. Biko had been arrested a month earlier in Port Elizabeth where he had been detained and tortured, resulting in him falling into a coma.

Nearly dead and suffering a serious and untreated head injury, Biko was transported to Pretoria by car and died shortly after his arrival at the prison there. Police at the time would claim and broadcast to the world that Biko died due to a hunger strike but an autopsy and photographs taken of Biko postmortem, exposed with the help of journalists Donald Woods and Helen Zille, revealed that he had died as a result of the injuries he sustained whilst in police custody.

Today, nearly 40 years after his death at age 30, we remember a man that fought for an end to the brutality he and countless others suffered and still do today. The fight is far from over.

A luta continua!

FASHION | POPPY NTSHONGWANA FOR SUPERGA SS 2014/15.

The official spokesperson for Italian shoe brand Superga in South Africa,  DJ and television personality Poppy Ntshongwana models her personally-designed footwear for the label’s spring/summer lookbook.

(all images via Superga SA)

NEW MUSIC: Jonny Joburg - “Mazishe”.

Former SpazaShop Boyz member Jonny Joburg takes us on a seedy night time tour of his namesake city in a vintage car, accompanied by baseline that’s as dirty and as alluring as his flow.

The song is taken off his debut EP Sgebengu.

ART | “Township Life” by Willie Bester.

In this series by Willie Bester, a Western Cape-born artist, he brings to life the everyday mundane activities of life in a South African township by adding rich and vibrant colours to a canvas that might otherwise seem dull.

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MaXhosa by Laduma AW2014 Collection ‘Buyel’mbo’.

"Buyel’mbo is a Xhosa phrase often uttered by Xhosa elders when they reminisce about the nostalgic rural lifestyle at the old Xhosa homelands."

Designer: Laduma Ngxokolo
Photography: Ulrich Knoblauch
Styling: Tammy Tinker

MaXhosa Website.

NEW MUSIC: AKA ft K.O. - “Run Jozi (Goldy)”.

If you ever had speculations, or perhaps even any doubts, as to whether AKA was South Africa’s Drake, this video confirms that for four minutes and five seconds, he is.

Filmed in Jozi, this black-and-white video sees two of Mzansi’s high-ranking rappers team up and spit bars over a Tweezy-produced beat. Run Jozi (Godly) may be taken off AKA’s number one iTunes ranked album Levels, but it’s Teargas’ K.O. that shines on the track.

Lady M - The Incentive EP.

Just came across this uber deep house music mix from Cape Town based DJ, Lady M (aka Margaret Westergreen) and for a house music lover like myself, this is absolutely golden.

If you’re into what you hear, she’ll be performing at FUTUREDEEP this Friday, August 29th, at Julep in Cape Town and her slot begins at 11am.

NEW MUSIC: P.H.fat ft JungFreud - “Lights Out”.

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

As for the video? Be prepared to see a bunch of girls breaking a whole bunch of things.

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NEW MUSIC: Okmalumkoolkat - “iJusi”.

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

In the latest dark pink-tinted bi-coastal music video for iJusi, a single featured on hist recently released Holy Oxygen EP, the KZN rapper gives a nod to the late Pan-African icon Chinua Achebe and pioneering painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whilst giving us alternating views of trippy scenes shot in Vienna and Johannesburg, and delivers a series of dope lines you’re sure to find yourself quoting before the end of the song (“boss talk, no Hugo).

“iJusi means juice in Zulu,” Okmalumkoolkat explains, “As in I got the shining, I am the blessed one.” He also mentions that the song’s intent was “to show flair like Basquiat’s brushstrokes, every bar is a stroke of genius. The poems are informative if you really listen. Just so you all know who has the shining. I feel like in terms of being one with oneself, I am the closest in the continent and in the world’s amongst spoken word messengers.”

(H/T: OkayAfrica)

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Style Icon: Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza.

I just can’t let the month of August - Women’s Month in South Africa - go by without dedicating a few posts to my favourite women of Mzansi.

After a year of some serious hit-making with fellow artist Theo Kgosinkwe under the moniker ‘Mafikizolo’, in what I believe to me one of the best musical comebacks of all time, singer, songwriter, wife, mother and one half of one of the continent’s most popular groups, Nhlanlha Nciza is also a certified style icon. To call her any less would, at the very least, be an understatement.

Much like the genre of music Mafikizolo makes, Nciza’s style is a unique blend of various traditional African influences mixed with bits of contemporary African and Western fashions.

Although the band have always had an air of glamour and sophistication about them dating as far back as their Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Sibongiledays, where they channeled Sophiatown and took inspiration from other 20th century fashions, Nciza’s style has never been so bold, with her adoption of beautifully loud colours, and so distinctly representative of parts of the African continent - whether she’s wearing a gele, ankara styles common in West and Central African countries, jewelry inspired by East or Southern African cultures, silhouettes, prints, patterns and textiles from all over Africa. Not to mention how consistent her looks have been in all of their recent music videos, live performances and red carpet appearances.

But the best thing about Nhlanhla Nciza’s style has to be that, aside from looking flawless all the time, no one else can pull off what she does in the way that she does it.

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Style Inspiration: Siki Msuseni Elle SA Style Diary.

Cape Town-based fashion insider Siki Msuseni let’s us into her wardrobe for five days and gives us these five fabulous outfits!

Photos by: Niquita Bento.

(via ELLE SA)

Movie Mondays: Watch South African Marikana Documentary ‘Miners Shot Down’ in Full.

Filmmaker Rehad Desai looks into the incidents surrounding the 2012 massacre of protesting mine workers at the Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana, as well as the socio-political implications of this shocking and tragic event. 

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NEW MUSIC: Zaki Ibrahim - Draw the Line.

The opening song on South African-Canadian singer Zaki Ibrahim's 2012 release Every Oppositefinally gets a music video.

Filmed in a coloured neighborhood in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, the video follows a day in the life of a young girl in an area and community that was and still is marred by the harsh racial and social policies of apartheid, but is also rich in culture and history. The video captures a myriad of emotions and paints a portrait of a girl caught between two worlds - that of her immediate surroundings, and that of her imagination.

Ibrahim was born in Canada to a South African father and mother from the UK. Her father, Zane Ibrahim, was a pioneering radio broadcaster in South Africa and was one of the founders of Bush Radio, an influential community station birthed by anti-apartheid activists and began as an illegal pirate radio station in 1993.

A multicultural individual, Ibrahim’s upbringing was one of a global citizen having lived in Canada, South Africa, the UK, France and Lebanon, but is currently based in Cape Town.

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South Africa Ranks Highest in Gold Medals amongst African Nations at Commonwealth Games.*

It’s day 6 of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and South Africa have fast edged their way to fourth position on the medals table with a total of 24 medals - 9 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze.

Two of those gold medals were won by swimmer Chad le Clos who finished first place in both the 200m and 100m Men’s Butterfly races, setting two Commonwealth records in each. Clos has a total of five Glasgow Commonwealth medals: a silver for the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, and a bronze for the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and Men’s 50m Butterfly.

Fellow swimmer Cameron van der Burgh managed to win the Men’s 50m Breastroke winning gold and setting a new Commonwealth record in that race. Der Burgh won silver in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke behind Englishman Adam Peaty.

After beating New Zealand in the finals, the South African Rugby Sevens team won gold over the weekend making history as the first team ever to beat the Kiwis since the sport was introduced at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa’s first gold medal was won in the Lawn Bowls after their mixed team beat the host nation 14-10 in the finals.

More Lawn Bowls victory came in the form of Prince Neluonde, Petrus Breitenbach, and Bobby Donnelly winning the Men’s Triples Gold Medal Match.

Paralympic sprinter Fanie van der Merwe won gold in the Men’s 100m T37 Final, and wrapping South Africa’s gold medalists (so far) is Zack Piontek who took home the judo Men’s -90kg Final first place title.

*South Africa has the most number of athletes of any African country.

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