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The Zulu Nation’s 200th Anniversary Celebration in 20 Powerful Images

Photos from inside Moses Mabhida Stadium at the annual King Shaka Day celebration in Durban, South Africa

Last Saturday, tens of thousands of Zulus from all throughout South Africa filled up Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the annual King Shaka Day (Umkhosi WeLembe) celebration.


This year’s commemoration marked 200 years since King Shaka founded the Zulu kingdom and 45 years since King Goodwill Zwelithini, reigning King of the Zulu nation, ascended to the throne. It was also the first time the event has been held in Durban, having previously taken place in KwaDukuza on the North Coast, where King Shaka was buried in 1828 at the age of 41.

In the series of photos below, Durban-based journalist and photographer Samora Chapman turns his lens on the Shembe Church community inside the King Shaka Day celebration at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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