Spoek Mathambo's free love fantasy

Spoek Mathambo's free love fantasy

Spoek Mathambo, South Africa's trailblazing music icon, is releasing a new album next month. Kimon de Greef caught up with him to discuss innovation, influences and "evolving African cultural lineages in the face of imperialism".

Five ways to cross a border

Five ways to cross a border

“My name is Dumisane and I’m from Zimbabwe. The first time I came to South Africa I jumped the border. I caught a ride from Harare to Beitbridge and I walked into the forest. I walked for nearly two days and slept on the ground. There are robbers that wait there for people like me, but I was alone and they could see that I had nothing. I wasn’t afraid.”

The Observatory Book Man

The Observatory Book Man

In the fading afternoon sun a man in a worn shirt hauls a satchel of books down the street. He sets his bag on the tarmac and rolls a cigarette — unbleached papers, no filter — and smokes in the shade of a fig tree with yellowing leaves. Every day feels the same.