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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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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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