Musicians in Pretoria


Pretoria is the birthplace of a variety of notable public and musical figures dominating the continental and international platform. It is home to the likes of Dr Malinga, a multi-award winning recording artist and dancer, and Matlakala, a top musician in South African gospel. Perdeby explores four other musical acts of similar stature who were also born in the capital city.

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Movie review: Kalushi - Mandlakayise Walter Dube


Kalushi is a South African film based on the real life events of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, portrayed by Thabo Rametsi. This project took approximately nine years to complete and the hard work can be seen in the outstanding result.

Director Mandlakayise Walter Dube brings to life the story of Solomon Mahlangu who was born and raised in the township of Mamelodi. Mahlangu was a hawker who lived with his mother, Martha Mahlangu (Gcina Mhlophe), and brother, Lucas Mahlangu (Fumani Shilubana). The film follows Mahlangu from his humble beginnings as a hawker, to joining the liberation struggle and being trained by uMkhonto we Sizwe (the armed wing of the African National Congress).

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Student culture in Nothing but Vernac


Express Yourself in Nothing but Vernac, a Stuku event, was held on 23 March on the Aula grass. The evening combined the old Expression event, that was last held in 2015, and performances in indigenous languages of South Africa.

Residences set up stalls all along the sides of the Aula grass where they displayed visual art works and literature pieces within the theme of the butterfly effect: a change for the beautiful. Each residence was restricted to seven pieces each. Some residences like Madelief and Olienhout paired up to participate in this event. “Every residence’s own residents would [have] to then create original pieces,” said Thando Mtimkulu, a Stuku EC member. “This year we also included photography pieces,” Mtimkulu added. The artworks ranged from magnificent paintings to simple drawings and touching photos. Kiaat created a scene using playground materials, typical South African snacks and road signs that beautifully represented South African culture. Day students also had a stall to make the event more inclusive to all students and not just for residences as it has been in the past. The original pieces were judged by experts and lecturers in the Visual Arts and Literature departments.

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Made in SA: Hollywood-approved


Contrary to popular belief, South Africa does not play in the amateur league when it comes to film-making. South Africa has been in the film-making business since 1911 with the release of The Great Kimberly Diamond Robbery, and has long since proven its worth. With the recent premiere of John Trengove’s The Wound at the Sundance Film Festival being so well-received by film critics, Perdeby decided to have a look at other South African films that have made a splash in international waters in the new millennium.

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Exploring the secret side of Hatfield Campus


The University of Pretoria is a big place and sometimes navigating your way through it can be challenging. Most students are satisfied knowing where their department building is and where their lectures are. They don’t know about the various places and events on campus that are designed to make life at UP a bit more fun.


Free Leo Haese Lunch Hour concerts

If you appreciate watching talented people make incredible music then the Lunch Hour concerts are definitely for you. These concerts were started to present world-class concerts annually on the campuses of the University of Pretoria with more than 25 free Leo Haese Lunch Hour concerts presented annually to afford promising Music students the opportunity to perform for a live audience. These concerts happen at the Aula, Musaion and Groenkloof Auditorium. This year you can expect performances by Tuks Camerata, Pretoria Boys High Dixie Band and Orchestra, UP’s Music department and many more.

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