Rudely articulate, or the answer) is a tableturning hip-hop act. Taking satire to new heights, middle-class DJ Ninja, with a mixed-blood accent, mimics workingclass underdogs. The group recently captured the attention and with raw, spiritually savvy lyrics about struggle and self-belief. Still white, and far fom right wing, and are bringing tribalism back. These liberated young Afikaaners use rock to question the rules and sing their dreams in the mother tongue. and are key to indigenous ghoema music. Part square dance, part carnival, it is naturally Capetonian. accessible Afo-pop is perhaps the best-known sound. Front lady Zolani Mahola captivates audiences with a voice that cannot be copied and an earnestness that cannot be faked. From Johannesburg, wacky brand of pop voodoo features a straight man in stilettos who mimics wild animals and fools civilized ones. unique, also Frontman Chris Chameleon calls it
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IN DURBAN, ART IS ACCUSED OF IMITATING POLITICS.
Also upcountry, fuses jazz and traditional Limpopo village sounds while soulful diva meditates on jazz and choral Xhosa mixes. Both have been featured at the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Globally, the acoustic semantics by blending contemporary genres into a calamitous sound with solid sonic architecture. They call it their own; critics call it the future sound of Afica.
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South tropical World Cup host cheerful seaside metropolis dripping with art deco buildings and verdant vegetation. Like most of the other four host cities, Durban has been sprucing itself up for 2010. Which is why city asked artist Andries Botha to erect one of his life-sized elephant sculptures on a island on a revamped feeway interchange. The $206,000 public sculpture would, as one put it, the monotony of the drivers of our artistic and promote planet-fiendly thinking. Botha, who has constructed elephants fom Belgium to Mexico, began work on a trio of pachyderms that emerge fom the surrounding earth. As each stone body weighs tons, afer the steel and wire skeletons were complete, work moved to the interchange. There, red tape unfurled in the form of an SUV-driving politician in a tempter who pulled up at the construction site one February day. Less than 24 hours later, an order arrived: Stop work, now. The reason for the anti-elephant stance? The politician was an bigwig Artist Andries Botha in Durban with his fom the ruling party, the Afican National elephant sculptures. Congress. And the things that came to mind as he clapped eyes on the sculpture was the elephant logo of the rival Inkatha Freedom Party. Feelings between the parties run deep: Predemocracy, political violence between ANC and IFP supporters in KwaZulu-Natal (current president Jacob home province, in which Durban is the biggest city) claimed thousands of lives. Of course, things are far more relaxed nowadays. Although the IFP ruled the province for a while, the ANC won it back in 2004 and many view the IFP as a waning political force. Still, the nameless politician having an elephant-sized reminder of the enemy on his doorstep. Political wrangling ensued. A delighted IFP pointed out that as another opposition logo is the sun, the ANC next try and stop the sun fom There were inevitable rumblings about censorship. A the Durban page popped up on Facebook. A red-faced ANC resorted to verbal Botha himself is by the brouhaha. want to label as cumbersome and he says. I do not agree that the principal icon of the Afican continent can be reduced to the symbol of a political party. That an innocuous artwork can itself at the heart of a political game is an insult to our potential, to who we are and can be as a For now, the continues.
deltaskymag.com June 2010