Jack Kaminski debuts ‘Brotherland’ EP

By Chelsea Haith

Be it late afternoons relaxing in the Kirstenbosch Gardens, summer nights spent dancing on the beach or 2am jams at Bassline in Newtown, Jack Kaminski’s Afro-Indie speaks to the heart of the South African music scene, ready to bring something from all over the continent to our dance floors. “Its always been the path I wanted to take my music,” Kaminski explained, “merging the ‘upbeatness’ of Folk and Indie with the rhythms of Afro-genres popular in South Africa and neighbouring countries.”  Continue reading

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Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard smashes the patriarchy

By Chelsea Haith

My third favourite thing about blues-rock outfit Alabama Shakes is the fact that front woman, Brittany Howard, is so incredibly sexy. My first and second favourite things are the way she plays the guitar and the band’s single ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’.

A plus-size woman of colour with a tattoo of Texas on her bicep and a new side-cut curly hairdo, Howard destroys the norms that dictate who gets to be famous and why. And that’s just a different kind of sexy to Nicki Minaj’s arse. Continue reading

11 people who will definitely be rocking the Daisies

By Chelsea Haith

With just two weeks to Rocking the Daisies, possibly the whitest music festival in South Africa, I am watering my flower crown and revisiting The Kooks’ back-catalogue (because let’s be honest, they won’t play any of their new stuff, it’s shit).

Seriously, is this even in South Africa? IMAGE: Chelsea Haith

Seriously, is this even in South Africa? IMAGE: Chelsea Haith

I’m also brushing up on my Afrikaans, because you know that the #wheresisthelove Stellies crowd will be there and I want to be ready to be able to explain white privilege in English and Afrikaans. Just in case.

In between offending people with my liberal views, drinking Black Label and talking about feminisms with my best friend, I expect to encounter the following people in what will undoubtedly be a lovely and very educational weekend: Continue reading

Spoken word festival an arc to the future

Spoken word poetry is growing internationally as poets across the globe return to this original and developing form of literature. As part of the project An Arc to the Future: Preserving and Promoting Orature in the South African Literary Imaginary, a three day spoken word poetry festival will be taking place in Grahamstown from 9-11 September at the Eastern Star Museum on Anglo African Street.  Continue reading

With love, your Pink Floyd

By Chelsea Haith

Closure is crucial to a successful break-up. While Pink Floyd will clearly never get back together, the fans are feeling abandoned and in need of closure, a formal goodbye. Soft, sweet and bitterly nostalgic, Pink Floyd has in fact been wishing us goodbye for years, from the lyrics of their ground-breaking albums.

In the wake of the final break-up of the legendary Pink Floyd, I find myself going back through their discography. I lie back and wonder at the tonal glory of my favourite of their albums The Division Bell, the chart-topping The Wall and the revolutionary sound of The Dark Side of the MoonContinue reading

GAP and Cycle of Knowledge heal through verse

By Chelsea Haith

Fists clench and release as the poets stood and shared, their voices soaring on melody or shaking with grief. It was an evening of mourning the loss of innocence, mourning an ideal world where children can trust parents, trust the police, trust that someone will pick them up when they fall. No one picks you up when you fall, but you can stitch yourself back together with words. Continue reading

Achille Mbembe: Public Intellectual No. 1

By Chelsea Haith 

“Why do we create obstacles to our own emancipation?!” 

Professor Achille Mbembe is fed up. The South African academy is not changing fast enough or radically enough. Our curricula are Eurocentric, there’s not enough money for the development of black academics, the universities are not growing fast enough and we’re in a post-colonial political moment of “dramatic uncertainty”.

Speaking at Rhodes University alongside Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, in a lecture titled ‘Decolonizing the University: What Now?’, Mbembe critiqued the “materialistic moment” our society finds itself in, explaining that the lack of transformation arises partly because the government is trying to redress apartheid’s oppression of imaginative capacity, with numbers. “The state of the nation address is like a laundry list,” he quipped. Continue reading