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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.”