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Sho Madjozi at Hipnotik Festival 2016. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Op-Ed: What Sho Madjozi Taught Me About Fearlessness

What Sho Madjozi's existence means for two of South Africa's marginalized ethnic groups.

It's mid-2017, and I'm contemplating moving back home. It's a Friday, and the rain is coming down in sheets on the small Victorian house I share with two friends in Observatory (a small suburb in Cape Town). I'm without money for electricity, transport and short on food.

I've been thinking about my name a lot in the past few months—what it means, why my father gave it to me and how, at 26, I still struggle to pronounce it properly. This is when I first meet Sho Madjozi.

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PatricKxxLee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

PatricKxxLee’s Latest Album ‘Nowhere Child’ Is Depression Without the Glamor

OkayAfrica contributor Rofhiwa Maneta chats to Joburg-based rapper PatricKxxLee about his new album.

In October 2010, American writer Jay Kang penned "The High is Always the Pain and the Pain is Always the High"—an essay that chronicled his struggle with gambling and the toll it took on both him and his loved ones. He wrote: "In gambling narratives, the bottom is followed by the fantasy and the fantasy is followed by the bottom. To put it better, the high is always the pain and the pain is always the high. There is never any difference."

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