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Seabelo Senatla Glory Wine
How did you go from winger to wine? Living in Stellenbosch meant I was right in the heart of the South African wine industry. I was always visiting wine estates in the area, and this sparked my interest in wine. I tasted plenty of good wine - developed my palate...
Mermaid Fillet Review

A slice of Mermaid Fillet

Since its launch last year, Mermaid Fillet by Mia Arderne has frequented bestseller lists in bookstores around the country. The neo-noir novel is set in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and tells the story of a group of gangsters, a wife protecting her husband and their riches, the...
Mohale Mashigo
For Mohale Mashigo (aka Black Porcelain), the role of creator is the most important and always comes first. Her CV includes loads of awards for writing and performing and comic-book collaborations. Recently she landed the job of teaming up with the Marvel franchise to work on their Marvel Voices:...
Kalk Bay Theatre
When the lights go up on the Kalk Bay Theatre Stage, it’s both a trip back in time and a rebirth. Their latest show, Noir, is a sexy throwback to the Vaudeville performances of the 1940’s. Irreverent, cheeky, lush and deliciously dark, it’s precisely the type of escapist fantasy...
aisang K Noge as Naledi in The Wife S2

ASA’s Culture roundup

Average read time: 5 minutes. Must read  If you want to see what all the fuss is about, then you must get a copy, or download it on your kindle of South African author, Damon Galgut’s The Promise. His most directly political story yet, it took home the prestigious Booker Prize...
Author Sue Nyathi
Sue Nyathi’s most recent novel A Family Affair was released in October 2020 and is already in its second print run, which in South Africa is really phenomenal.  Sue describes herself as a writer by passion and an investment analyst by profession. Since her successful debut novel The Polygamist,...
In her latest novel, Critical But Stable, celebrated author Angela Makholwa delves into the realities of those who hide behind a perfect facade. Set in the world of an exclusive social club where “Keeping up with Khumalos” is do or die, this page-turner proves why Makholwa has garnered such...
Author Siphiwe Ndlovu
Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu won the 2019 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for her acclaimed debut novel The Theory of Flight (buy the book here) and was recently shortlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times CNA Literary Awards for her second novel, The History of Man, which reinvents the colonial narrative by...
Senzo Shabangu The Importance of Art in the times of Crisis , 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on paper

Super Senzo Shabangu

How did your love for art begin? From a young age, I remember myself always drawing on the ground in my home’s yard, and making molds of clay cows, but my love for art grew further in grade 6 because of my English teacher who realised that as a rural...
Tupac Shakur. When I'm Free Exhibit
Average read time: 5 minutes. Delving into the greater meaning of his activism, music, and revolutionary art, the exhibit educates and enlightens attendees through a labyrinth of emotions, as they take this journey through his extraordinary life. A testimony to his mother  Years before her death in 2016, Shakur’s mother, political activist...

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