Winnie Madikizela-Mandela remembered through art


This April marks the passing of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Tributes for the late wife of former President Nelson Mandela, who will be remembered as a liberation leader in her own right, have come in from artists across the world. Perdeby took a look at the ways Madikizela-Mandela’s life has inspired and been commemorated through various art forms. 


South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai has paid tribute to Madikizela-Mandela through her music for years. Her album Belede, named after Mazwai’s mother, features covers of well-known South African songs and stands to commemorate the life’s work of struggle icons. Days before Madikizela-Mandela’s passing the artist performed a tribute show in her honour. Thandiswa likens Madikizela to her own mother and changed her Twitter name to display “Our Mother Has Died” after learning of Madikizela-Mandela’s passing.

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Entertainment Bites 23 April 2018

The University of Joburg honours artist Esther Mahlangu 

On 9 April Esther Mahlangu the internationally recognised Ndebele painter was honoured by UJ with an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the arts and for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur. Dr Mahlangu’s work has made waves both here at home and internationally and is seen as a preservation of culture and expression of contemporary art.


Kwaito artist Brickz granted bail
Convicted rapist Brickz has been granted bail of R80 000 by the Roodepoort Magistrate Court, after serving less than a year of his 15 year sentence. The bail is granted on condition that include that he surrenders all his travel documents. The artist who is well known for his hit song “Sweety my baby” was convicted and of the rape of his niece in his home back in 2013 and was sentenced last year.

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World Choir Games at UP in July

Carina Kloppers

The 10th ennial Word Choir Games will be taking place in Pretoria from 4 to 14 July 2018 with Tuks Camerata and Stellenbosch University Choir as hosts. South Africa will be the first African country to host this prestigious choral competition. Perdeby sat down with Tuks Camerata conductor Dr Michael Barrett and third year BMus student and Tuks Camerata chairperson James Paradza, to talk about the inner workings of the World Choir Games. At the World Choir Games more choirs are given the opportunity to participate, making it the biggest choral event in the world. Choirs apply to compete instead of needing to qualify as for other competitions. Both accomplished and amateur choirs compete at the appropriate level in two separate competitions. “It is […] the most organised and inspiring event. It is a wonderful idea to base the World Choir Games on the Olympic ideals of competing for bronze, silver and gold and there is something for everyone to work towards.” Dr Barrett adds.

There will be 15 000 singers performing in over 160 concerts, competitions and friendly performances. The Games will also feature a variety of workshops, providing an opportunity for choirs from all over the world to sing, socialise, and learn from one another. All this adds to the variety of events and lends the Games a special flair above other choral competitions. More choirs allow for a greater diversity in music range and increased interaction between passionate music lovers from around the world. Paradza emphasises how this accessibility will have many South African choirs participating in this year’s Games. He is particularly excited about this because according to him, “South African choirs are some of the world’s finest.” This year’s World Choir Games boasts four participating groups dedicated to only South African choirs. So, even with the formidable international presence, South Africa is definitely represented well with its multifaceted cultures and styles.

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Mthubi the Hub calls creatives

Nthabeleng Vilakazi

Mthubi the Hub is a non-profit organisation based in Arcadia street, Hatfield. It seeks to empower and inspire young, local artists. The hub is for creatives who celebrate Afro-centric music, literature, film, visual arts and fashion. With their African literature event coming on 27 April, Perdeby sat down with one of the founders of the Hub, Thabeng Rabotapi, to find out more about what the hub offers for young, local artists and who they are as an organisation.


Where did the idea of an arthouse/hub come from?This house was abandoned, there were drug addicts living in the house. The seven of us (myself and six co-founders) would usually pass by this house and we saw how messed up the place was. We started talking about the house and our future plans, we told ourselves that we will go into the yard and occupy it. We painted it, came up with a name and fixed it.


Why the name “Mthubi”?
I don’t know if you’ve seen a cow give birth, but after it gives birth, there’s yellowish milk that comes from the cow and that yellow is Mthubi. Now, linking that to the building, which is yellow as well, hence “Mthubi”. The building goes hand in hand with that colour.


What does your non-profit organisation aim to do for the community and local artists?
Basically, this organisation is for the disadvantaged black artists. Artists who are looking for a work space, working studio or who are in need of equipment can come through and utilise the space and create art as well as create business opportunities for themselves.

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Mieliepop 2018


The Republic of Mieliepop 2018 took place from 21 to 24 March, hosted in the luscious green fields of Tolderia resort in Lothair, Mpumalanga. Although the sunshine was hidden behind a shield of rain clouds, the show did indeed go on.  

Wednesday 21 March saw festival goers flocking to camping grounds. Tents went up, and a few impressive rafts were constructed. Through the food village, a wide variety of stalls lined up along the lake shore. Sundown saw party rockers flock to the main bar for a DJ show down, with beer on tap from one of the local breweries, Red Rock Breweries. The night faded away as rain began to fall, and people danced without a care.  

On Thursday, the sun did not rise to meet local citizens of the Republic. Instead rain and a chill hung over tents, yet little changed. Raincoats were adorned, but music was playing, and the air smelled still of joy and festivity. Citizens lined up at the various stations in the food village to grab a bite, before curing their hangovers at the Cool in the Pool dance floor, regardless of the absence of bikini weather. At the same time, other citizens took a more humorous start to their days, by attending the daily comedy show hosted at the bar stage. The comedians, organised by Werner Cloete were a favourite of many, and resulted in large amounts of laughter in the air.

Soon it was time for the main stage to come alive, as Strait Jackal took to the stage, breathing air into the lungs of those left sleeping and waiting. Followed by the sounds of Go Barefoot, and Deon Bakkes & The Stolen Horses, soon the Republic of Mieliepop was alive and screaming, as even more citizens arrived and settled the grounds. The night continued to boom at the Rave Cave, while others danced away at the Willow Stage, careless about the cold and mud forming on the grounds.

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