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7 South African Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Young South Africans taking podcasting by storm

Podcasting has blown up internationally in recent years with the success of shows like Serial and This American Life and the popularity of black podcasts like The Read, For Colored Nerds, Call Your Girlfriend and Another Round. March even had its very own #BlackPodcastWeek. As Okayafrica contributor Ifeanyi Awachie pointed out, the world of African podcasting is slightly more elusive. There are however some gems coming out of the continent, like The Chicken & Jollof Rice Show and Badilisha Poetry for instance.


In South Africa, podcasting still isn’t as popular as it should be, thanks in large part to the internet not being accessible to all. With that being said, some young South Africans are taking podcasting by storm. Here are seven South African podcasts you should definitely be listening to.

The Sobering

Hosted by one half of Vaal rap duo Fratpack, Kitso Moremi, and producer Javas Skolo, The Sobering is the most authentically South African hip-hop podcast on the internet today. Featuring a 100 percent local hip-hop playlist and interviews with prominent figures in the local scene, the monthly show features an eclectic mix of exciting personalities, good conversation and an excellent blend of the best and most current tunes from local MCs. The 11th and latest episode of the podcast features Luthando Shosha aka South African television personality LootLove. Look out for new episodes the first Monday of each month.

Kiss & Tell with Lady Skollie

Hosted by art provocateur Laura Windvogel aka Lady Skollie aka the Kanye of Kaapstad, the podcast centres around sex, gender, relationships and sexuality––much like Windvogel’s work in the arts. The weekly hour-long live radio show aired for 12 months on the Cape Town-based internet radio station Assembly Radio, producing episodes centered around a sex-themed guest, some contemporary music and social commentary. Lady Skollie, who recently relocated to Johannesburg, has gone on to become somewhat of a cult of personality in Cape Town for her uncensored art and outspoken nature on sex and sexulity. You can listen to the show’s entire run here and via iTunes.

Quit Safari

Quit Safari is a Cape Town-based record label consisting of producers Fever Trails, Christian Tiger School, Damascvs, Hessien +, Swishy Delta, Yes In French and Selfir that also doubles as a musical collective and a podcast. Described as an “audio visual friendship,” their latest podcast titled "12 AM Roti Boys" provides a glimpse into the crew’s musical palette. The guys recently embarked on a four-city tour alongside London-based producer Rival Consoles with the support of British Council’s Connect ZA. Watch the behind-the-scenes of the trip here.

Sound Africa

Sound Africa is a podcast series of audio documentaries narrating the multiple complexities of living on the continent. The 7th and latest episode, “African Space,” is a live recording of a collaboration between the Sound Africa podcast team and the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. The conversation features internationally-renowned astronomers and townspeople of the Karoo, both of whom share proximity to the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array.

Amabookabooka

Amabookabooka is a weekly “novel podcast” hosted by journalist Jonathan Ancer and sound engineer Dan Dewes. The show revolves around South African books and the authors who write them, and features extensive interviews with authors, novelists and journalists documenting the current South African landscape. The episodes are a quick and easy listen––they hardly go over 30 minutes. The conversations are quirky and the content is highly informative for fans of South African literature. You can listen here to the latest episode with Claire L Bell, author of “Lost Where I Belong,” a book no publisher (so far) is prepared to publish.

Lesser Known Somebodies

If you have a keen interest in the behind-the-scenes happenings of the comedy industry in South Africa then you should definitely check out Lesser Known Somebodies. Hosted by South African comedian Simmi Areff, the podcast is an exploration of the ever-growing comedy scene in SA. Simmi’s oddball humor coupled with extensive interviews with local, and sometimes international, comedians from Jason Goliath to Orlando Gaston Chandler Aziz makes for a satisfying listening experience. In the latest episode Areff speaks to American actor and comedian Orlando Jones about everything from dealing with haters and how his daughter changed his life to his portrayal of O.R. Tambo in an upcoming six-part miniseries about Nelson Mandela on BET.

Creative Underground

Creative Underground is a new hour-long podcast dedicated to presenting fresh creative talent from South Africa alongside a fine selection of global music apart from the mainstream. Hosted by friends Katlego Makhudu and Jonas Radunz, the podcast hopes to show listeners that there’s more to good music than the standard Top 40 charts. Each episode will feature a young South African creative sharing their story along with a selection of underground music from SA and around the world. The debut episode features 24-year-old beatmaker Dave Moyo aka Daev Martian who released his latest EP, uMoya, on Kid Fonque and Julian Gomes' Stay True Sounds label in April.

Thapelo Mosiuoa is a Johannesburg-based copywriter, lifestyle writer and the author of an unfinished book. Follow him on Twitter at @ThapeloMosiuoa.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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