Five minutes with Femi Koya before Mieliepop

Ricardo Teixeira

Perdeby caught up with African Jazz musician Femi Koya before he heads to the Republic of Mieliepop Festival.


How do you raise human rights awareness through your music?
When my Afrobeat makes you shake your head and you tap your feet to my horns arrangements, your mind is receptive to the lyrics, the words and their power of projection. I guess making songs that plea to human rights to be respected is how I raise human right awareness.


What are you currently working on?
Currently, I have just finished my new album ”Village Afro­beat” due to be released on 16 April, looking forward to my national tour of the Village Afrobeat album to Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, and Gauteng. Mieliepop festival will be the first to experience the album.

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Entertainment Bites 12 March 2018

Tumi Morake quits Jacaranda FM

On 9 March, Tumi Morake had her last official day on air. She co-hosted, with great success, the station’s breakfast show with Martin Bester for almost a year. Her perfor­mance career is taking off in a new and exciting direction as she plans to co-write a movie with her husband, Mpho Osei-Tutu, continue her TV presenting and further pursue stand-up comedy. Although she says the decision was difficult, it was necessary as her radio career requires too much time and energy to fit into these new plans.

Praise for SA’s The Colour Purple

Since opening a couple of weeks ago, the South African take on the famed Broadway musical, The Colour Purple, has received nothing but praise. American composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray are some of the people that cannot stop raving about our local version, calling it “fantastic”. The composers have been longing for their musical to be staged in South Africa for quite some time, and they’re ecstatic about the result of applying South Africa’s vocal style and flare to their work.

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A voice for the oppressed: Remi Kanazi

Dinah Ramonyai

Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, once said “We should be less concerned about hurting the feelings of the oppressors and more concerned about standing in solidarity with the oppressed.”

Remi Kanazi is one of the many artists that stand for fighting alongside the Palestinian people in their war for justice. The poetic artist performed at this year’s Sounds of Resistance, an art festival featuring musical arts, writers and poets with the aim of spreading the message of #IAW2018 (Israeli Apartheid Week 2018), an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system and stand in solidarity with Palestine in the fight again st apartheid and injustice against its people. The concert featured some of the well-known voices in the movement like Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Entertainment Bites 05 March 2018


Comic-Con coming to South Africa 


On 20 February Reed Exhibitions, partnering with Telkom’s VS Gaming, announced that it will launch Comic Con Africa later this year.

According to a press release from Reed Exhibitions, “ReedPOP has always stayed true to its core beliefs of always putting the fans first, creating killer events and being as transparent and authentic as possible. We try our hardest to bring massive amounts of fun and excitement to the lives of our audience by creating content and experiences that are original, exciting, memorable and exceptionally awesome. So, we are very excited for this new launch into Africa.”

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Meet your writers: Achmat Dangor

Ricardo Teixeira

Renowned South African author and award-winning poet Achmat Dangor visited the University of Pretoria on 15 February to discuss his latest novel Dikeledi. It is the eleventh book by the author and shares many themes with his most notable novel, Bitter Fruit. According to the author, the novel “tells the story of a number of young people fighting oppression, told through the minds of three women”, members of a wide-spread family during 1970s to the present; with the female characters referred to as “Dikeledi”. The characters referred to as Dikeledi tell their experiences either through their own youth or of their children, as seen with one of the characters, Julia.

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