Mx Blouse’s Is’phukphuku does the job of normalising agency and safe spaces for queer bodies

Mx Blouse’s “Is’phukuphuku” imagines a world where “other kids live their lives how they wanna: bathandi bezinto, asenzen’ umathanda. Akekh’ ozos’tshela! Hakuna Matata!” Ever since I moved back to Johannesburg about two years or so ago, I’ve been privileged to have a front row seat in the witnessing of safe spaces for othered bodies becoming…

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Salut to black excellence and to Johnny Cradle

“Salut” is Johnny Cradle’s ‘Black Excellence for Dummies’ guide manual When I first wrote about “Salut” last year (that was part of a full album review which you should read), I spoke very much about how important this song was for black people and blackness. That’s obviously still true and important but I want to…

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