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Not for the Faint-Hearted!

Every culture has its demons, the tales children tell each other at sleepovers to ensure that no one sleeps at all! In Zulu culture the tokoloshe is something to be both ridiculed and feared, but the recently released South African horror film,The Tokoloshe, is nothing to laugh about! Chosen as the opening feature film at this […]

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An Untold Zulu Story

Based on true events, Eyes in the Night, An Untold Zulu Story, tells the tale of Nombhosho okaMakhoba, a young girl whose life is unravelled by the ravages of the Anglo-Zulu war and the Battle of Isandlwana. The book is written by Nombhosho’s granddaughter, Nomavenda Mathiane, a journalist working in Johannesburg, who stumbled upon her grandmother’s story when […]

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Umkhosi Wesivivane 2018

The annual uMkhosi Wesivivane festival took place this past weekend at the KwaKhangela Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. Similar to uMkhosi woMhlanga, the Zulu reed dance, which takes place next month, the festival is focused around women. While the reed dance celebrates Zulu maidens, and their entry into womanhood, uMkhosi Wesivivane features older women and encourages social cohesion, emphasising […]

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Shaka Rising!

Given the mythical status of King Shaka it’s surprising that before now no one has thought to tell the tale of this (in)famous ruler in the form of a comic book! Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince is the first book in the African Graphic Novel Series by Durban-born artist, Luke Molver. It tells the story […]

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Members of South African Apolistic Holy Church of the World singing the song, Mawungangilahli

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: July

While music is a feature of all cultures it is particularly prominent in KwaZulu-Natal where an inherent sense of rhythm, song and dance features prominently in daily life. Whether it’s to woo a prospective love, to praise a higher being, or to celebrate the joining of two families, music always plays an important role, as […]

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Durban International Film Festival

The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) opens today and, in keeping with the theme of Mandela Day, which we celebrated yesterday, the festival includes a number of films which look at the life of our former statesman. Celebrating Mandela One Hundred is a documentary conceptualised and produced by renowned South African filmmaker, Anant Singh, which […]

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