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Dance for Madiba

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Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Bev Clark

new yorker mandela cover

Above, how the New Yorker chose to depict Mandela.

And below, From Africa Is A Country.

Songs for Mandela

This is the South African edition of our selection of Songs for Nelson Mandela. Last night we posted the international edition and many of our readers asked if we’d forgotten about the many South African musicians who’d written music about him. We didn’t. Here is a selection of South African music about Madiba or in tribute to him. It’s a bumper playlist, and in no particular order. Of course, we couldn’t include everything from the vast and varied music inspired by Mandela and the liberation struggle. Enjoy and feel free to post your own favourites in the comments. More

Films must be under 3 minutes

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Bev Clark

Imagine if our Cde President and First Lady got funky, like this.

white house film festival

Kubatana goes Inside/Out with Mokoomba

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Bev Clark

Here’s our Inside/Out with Mokoomba, who, as kids couldn’t wait for the school bell to ring so they could get out of class and go play music!

Read a 2009 Kubatana interview with Mokoomba

*Note: we answered these questions generally as a band

Describe yourselves in five words?
Fun, energetic, flexible, humble, persevering.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never stop working hard.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
On our first trip to Europe, we got “lost” by accident in the red-light district in Amsterdam and we were a bit surprised by what we saw in the windows! We were on our way to a concert and we arrived a bit late understandably . . .

What is your most treasured possession?
Our music instruments.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The sorrow of losing loved ones.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Not really, coming from Victoria Falls we are used to seeing people jump off the bridge with ropes attached to their ankles. Nothing is strange after that!

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing at all, we are very confident young men.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Free time.

What have you got in your fridge?
ZLG water, fish from Norton, Lyons Maid ice cream, vegetables from Mbare musika and some really smelly cheese.

What is your greatest fear?
It has to be death and snakes.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Phone, keys, wallet and some “sweets for change” from our favorite supermarket.

What is your favourite journey?
Our favourite journey is coming back home to meet our friends and families after a long tour.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Our parents and families are our everyday heroes but we also admire musicians from Africa who have made it, like Youssour Ndour, Salif Keita, Baba Maal, Oliver Mtukudzi.

When and where were you happiest?
On stage, doing what we love.

What’s your biggest vice?

What were you like at school?
We were generally good students at school and some of us had OK academic grades but to be honest we always could not wait for the bell to get out the door and go to play music.

What are you doing next?
We are preparing for 4 different concerts which we will do in December in Harare, London and Victoria Falls.


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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Bev Clark

Just called ZESA to check up on a fault from yesterday at 6am. He replied:

don’t stress about time

Show up

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Bev Clark

woody allen

Source: Brainpickings

No clean water

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Friday, November 29th, 2013 by Bev Clark

From a Kubatana subscriber:

This is the type of water that the residents of Hatcliffe are subjected to drink. It’s our constitutional right to have clean water. Is it incompetence or it’s just that they don’t care about our health?


Hatcliff water