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South African Musician Danny K's Tweet Said Nothing New About Race

The singer sparked 'controversy' over his tweet about race. Ironically, he didn't say anything we don't already know.

Twitter is still ablaze after singer Danny K made a plea to fellow White South Africans to acknowledge their white privilege and the marginalization of Black people in the country. There is nothing new about that statement (even if it's coming from a white person). And yet, it's sparked considerable debate.


Black people all over the world have been talking about white privilege and their own marginalization for time immemorial. Black South Africans are no different. Issues of white privilege and the calling out of racism, both overt and nuanced, are again, conversations that have been (and are still being) had, tirelessly. Liberal and progressive White people have also hopped on board as allies and said the exact same thing, case in point, Danny K.

The responses he has received from none other than White South Africans have been disappointing but quite on brand if we're being honest. The conversation has now been deviated from the core and central issue and White South Africans have instead chosen to ask the singer why he has ''singled out one race'' and hasn't spoken about other race-related matters that occurred in the past. Others have accused him of being a part of ''the latest craze of white people calling out other white people''.

Another disappointing but unsurprising response was from the former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille. A member of a party who is often accused of promoting racial segregation and who has personally endorsed colonialism, literally all Zille took from Danny K's tweet were the spelling errors. Zille has received backlash for her comment from many including scathing remarks from the controversial musician, Ntsiki Mazwai.

As the debate continues on social media, what it is bringing to the fore is the reality of where South Africa currently stands in its pursuit of non-racialism. By the looks of it, it's still pretty far off.


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The film, directed by Casablanca-born filmmaker Sofia Alouia, is a social allegory that, through a supernatural event, provokes questions about life in her home country.

The tagline for the film is enticing: A young pregnant woman finds emancipation as aliens land in Morocco. And yet, Animalia is more than what you would expect from or think of a movie about extraterrestrials. Through the film, director Sofia Alaoui uses elements of allegory to pick at social norms between men and women, the class divide and human destruction of nature.

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Meet the 20 housemates of 'Big Brother Titans'

The buzzed-about return of Africa’s top reality show brings in housemates from Nigeria and South Africa.

Another year is here, and true to form, so is another African iteration of the widely-watched reality TV show, Big Brother. Titled Big Brother Titans, it’s a calculated mashup of South Africa and Nigerian versions of the franchise. With a 24-hour live feed broadcast from Johannesburg, the show will see 20 hopefuls from both nations go head-to-head for the ultimate prize of $100,000, and the opportunity to become the latest star to emerge from the much-loved television show.

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Kwesta and Kabza De Small Return to Kwaito In Their New Collaborative Album

The South African hip-hop and amapiano stars revert to kwaito in Speak N Vrostaan.

Over the last few years, South African hip-hop’s overall prominence has slowed down — mostly because of amapiano’s tight grip on the market. As a result, most mainstream rappers have had to be innovative and incorporate the log drum into their tracks. One hip-hop artist who exemplifies and has executed this approach without neglecting his core artistry is Kwesta. The MC, who for a large part of the 2010s dubbed himself “Da King of African Rap,” has kept up with the times and his recent team up with Kabza De Small is a testament to this. As a rapper, who often dovetails into authentic, South African-birthed sounds, his decision to join forces with Kabza is not much of an anomaly.

Like Kwesta with South African hip-hop, Kabza is a towering and key figure within amapiano. For the past three years, the pioneering producer/DJ has remained a stalwart and has been one of the most streamed South African artists across all genres. As a solo act or together withDJ Maphorisa as Scorpion Kings, he has released genre-defining chart-topping amapiano tracks and projects. Through his label, Piano Hub, Kabza has also been instrumental in the careers of other artists including Kelvin Momo, Young Stunna and Mdu aka TRP.

The timely creative union of Kwesta and Kabza De Small dates back to 2020, amidst the peak of the pandemic when they had an encounter during a shoot for Channel 0’s Lockdown House Party show. As Kwesta tells it, Kabza was the one that initially suggested that they work together. At the time, the super producer had put out the first instalment of his Pretty Girls Love Amapiano album series and was gearing up for the release of the groundbreaking, I Am the King Of Amapiano: Sweet and Dust. From then, both their individual careers went on in their own unrelated ways: Kwesta released g.o.d Guluva in 2021 and Kabza put out multiple projects like 2021’s Rumble in the Jungle,Pretty Girls Love Amapiano 3 and 2022’s Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena and KOA II Part 1, until they hit each other up via DMs on social media.

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