Art

Melville, Johannesburg – an art mecca?

Once seen as the epicentre of innovation and art in Johannesburg, residents who have been in Melville for a long time regularly lament how the village-like suburb has lost its lustre.


6 October 2013 0

A heritage asset of Joburg’s built environment

“As it is important to plant trees, it is important for us to conserve buildings such as those in this Delta Park precinct so that their interesting features remain,” says Di Betton, Executive Officer of the Delta Park Environmental Centre.


19 August 2013 0

Reggae in Joburg – Bassline on a Thursday night

Right in the City of Gold’s Central Business District (CBD) is a the popular dancehall-reggae hotspot called Bassline. On a Thursday night the venue opens up to lovers of Jamaican…
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23 April 2013 0

For the Fisherman Who Found His Room in the Sea by Claude McKay

The language is so vivid the scenes play out before my eyes. Published in 1928 it is seen as one of the classics, cataloging the struggles, hopes and direct reality of the early Harlem Renaissance.


16 March 2012 0

Ethiopian New Year 2011 at Wickie Wackie beach

Wickie Wackie is one of those teeming spots on the island that hosts some of the realest roots artists on different reggae shows. The intimate beach setting has seen the likes of Protoje, I Wayne and many more pass across its stage.


25 September 2011 0

In The Dancehall – 1984

See one of the founding fathers of dancehall deejaying at 7:32..He was one of the three Jamaicans that started toasting, deejaying, rapping, whatever you want to call the thing that led to dancehall music.


9 August 2011 0

Take me back to 1969

If I got the chance to go in a time machine and visit any year, I would ask to be alive and aware in 1969. So many things happened that interest me.


24 July 2011 0

Claude McKay’s ‘Home to Harlem’

Claude McKay Puts Life’s Lessons and Leaders into Perspective… Posted on July 11, 2012 by zmecca Share I had planned to include this excerpt* from Claude McKay’s Home To Harlem from the first time I read…
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11 July 2011 0

Reggaeton’s Jamaican Origin

Ever wondered why every reggaeton song has the same beat? Or how in the name of Daddy Shabba Rankin Latino people get off on deejaying like us? It seems we are not so different after all. This article from Reggae Revelation explains a lot about how reaggaeton was created in Panama from Jamaican beats.


2 July 2011 0

Art in Jamaica: Kemar Swaby

KEMAR SWABY’s is a visual communications graduate from Edna Manley School of the Arts in Jamaica. His exhibition, KARMA VIPAKA, showcases how different generations may view political and social spheres…
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20 June 2011 0