The Media Decides? (CP)

The influence of the media and entertainment on society is unquantifiable even as those sectors endeavour to reflect society. They guide the discussions through what they put out. In Africa, we have often talked of how it is the West that determines the perception of us. This is not totally the case. The power bases on the continent – like South Africa and Nigeria – do so as well through the programming created on and for channels like MTV Base and Channel O. Because these spaces, based in SA, determine what is put out as being representative of Africa, can we comfortably say, this is the full picture?

Midweek Music – Zakwe

While rapper Zakwe’s debut album Kubhodloka isfuba setsotsi was actually released about a year ago, for some reason, I only registered it about 2 months ago, randomly having put the CD on a drive to somewhere. The KwaMashu born and raised rapper has been able to carve...

Put In The Work

I have realised that, increasingly, there are things people do on this social and digital media driven world that do not make sense to me. Actually, not just in the man-made cloud universe but also in the physical realm, but this isn’t about that. This confusion is...

Poem: Shane Koyczan – To This Day Project

A friend tweeted me a poem. The tweet said, "You're into spoken word. How's this for art." I'd never heard of Shane Koyczan until the moment I pressed play, and I am better for it. When someone uses the right words to paint emotions in such a way that, even if it...

Fashion: The JD Collection

In a previous lifetime (one of many) circa 2001/2, I used to be a booker at an actor’s agency Contractors. It’s been interesting watching the growth of the artists I used to spend my days sending to auditions. Many have gone to build solid careers in the entertainment...

Creative Quest, Questlove’s Book On Creativity

Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of the hip hop band The Roots epitomises the exploration of creativity in all facets of one’s life. While his creative expression has been rooted primarily in music as a deejay, drummer and founder of The Roots, he continuously explores the...

Motorcycle I Hope To Ride in 2019

Every year, the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition (EICMA) takes place in Milan, Italy. It is a trade fair for everything related to life on two wheels and has been happening since 1914. While motorcycle manufacturers will often announce new bikes...

Breathwork with Dr Ela Manga on Kaya FM

A couple of months ago, I had Dr Ela Manga on my Kaya FM show, #LifeWithKojoBaffoeto chat about herself, her career, and the establishment of Breathwork Africa. Initially trained as a medical doctor, life experiences and the challenges of her patients led her to the...

Life Soundtrack: Roots Manuva’s Colossal Insights

It was late November in 2006 when I 'discovered' Roots Manuva. MySpace was the dominant social platform, laying the foundation for everything else that followed. I had two pages - which I haven't been able to access for a decade because I have forgotten the passwords...

Kwesé Makes A Play For South Africa

Confession. I started writing this six months ago and kept on meaning to finish and post. So here it is. The evolution of video entertainment is a wonder to behold. Where once television ruled, the space has become highly competitive with everyone from the teenager in...

For The Love Of A Good Cigar

Being a cigar enthusiast, I have been exploring the landscape more and more over the last couple of years. Towards end of 2017, I wrote an article for Afropolitan magazine on my favourite cigar lounge, Pedro Portia, and what I have been learning about cigars. I also...

How Ford Is Creating Buzz Moments

The days of brands detailing the specs and features of their products is over. And I am a big believer in the use of storytelling, in creative ways, to contextualise how products fit into our lives. It is through storytelling that brands can show how they facilitate...

So What If You Had More Time?

Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are going to render many jobs obsolete. Copy and paste that sentence into your search engine and prepare to be freaked the hell out. In addition to links to a multitude of articles, at the bottom of the first Google...

My Commitment As A Man, For Women

Every year, on November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is launched. Every year, it runs for 16 days until December 10th, which is the...

How Do We Turn The Tide For Women?

This is a hard one to write. 2017 has been a heavy year globally but, especially in South Africa, when it comes to the realities of gender relations. The stories of how men – of which I am one – treat women is tragic, brutal and downright cruel. There is an epidemic...

Fulfilling Promises With Visa Checkout

In the song Trenchtown Rock, from the 1975 Live! album recorded at a 1975 concent in London by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bob Marley opens with the following lyrics: One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain, One good thing about music, when it hits,...

Following The White Rabbit With Jameson Cult Film Club

It was 1999. There was talk of a new film called The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers, now simply known as The Wachowskis, and starring Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus). It was said that the actors spent months training in martial arts and the like...

The I In Writing

As the cliche goes, I remember the night like it was yesterday. It was the mid-2000s. I was standing outside the Johannesburg City Hall smoking a cigarette with a friend, Zee. I don’t know if he remembers the night but I do, although I don’t quite remember why we were...

Playing with the HiSense C30 Rock

Been meaning to post this for a minute. The smartphone market is a highly contested one, particularly within the Android segment, considering from a mobile OS perspective, the ecosystem is basically the same. We hear about the ones that make the most noise but that...

Reading To Write

Reading Zadie Smith’s essays on authors like Nabokov and Eliot and Kafka, I am plagued by a question that, as an aspiring writer, I am a bit embarrassed by. And yes, I do call myself an ‘aspiring writer’, not because I haven’t written or I have just started writing,...

Zubz x Lavabeast = Birth of Wav_One

It is always interesting when one is a fan of a friend’s work, particularly in the creative spheres. The basis of a friendship, for me, is about personal connection outside of work yet the work can create an element of discomfort, if it does not resonate. Fortunately,...

Playing with the Acer Spin 7

I have been writing about technology for some years now – granted, not as much in the last couple – but one of the challenges I have always had is the jargon. My approach to most products, experiences, etc. is generally based on two things, namely functionality and...

Eating Right With FitChef

Although a slight oversimplification, there is some truth to the adage, “a six-pack is made in the kitchen.” As well as the idea that “you are what you eat”, which came to us, as per www.phrases.org.uk “via quite a tortuous route.” They go on to describe how “Anthelme...

Morena Leraba: From The Village To The World Stage

Lesotho. The only country in the world landlocked by a single country, South Africa, and the country that raised me. Growing up, we were surrounded by music, but little of it came from within our borders, especially when it came to contemporary music. In fact, the...

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