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THE LANDLORD OF KWAITO – SCOTT GELEBA

Self-proclaimed Landlord of Kwaito, Scott Geleba, talks to A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER about why non-paying gigs are not always a bad idea. He also explains why women have a hard time in the music industry.

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CINDYKATE’S DREAM CHASE

Sometimes you need to spend money to make things happen, which is why Cindykate holds down a job to fund her dreams of hip hop fame. For this post, A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER tagged along when the rapper went to the studio to get her hustle on.

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BACKROOM STUDIOS – THE BIRTHPLACE OF MUSIC

The blog pays tribute to backroom studios – the birthplace of most music in townships. East Rand producer Thokozani Biyela says things changed for the better when he started treating his studio as a business opportunity rather than a hangout for up-and-coming artists.

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#IZITHAKAZELOCHALLENGE

How well do you know your clan names and praises? The blog put the #IzithakazeloChallenge to multilingual poet and writer Thando Mkhaliphi aka Thand’oyimbongi Da Poet and the 21-year-old sensation didn’t disappoint.

Watch the insert and post a video of you reciting your clan names with the hashtag #IzithakazeloChallenge and you could feature on our next post celebrating the beautiful things about who we are as Africans.

WATCH INSERT – #IZITHAKAZELOCHALLENGE

ART, SEX AND TIMING

WARNING: Some images may offend sensitive viewers and members of the ruling party in SA.

A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER took a virtual surfboard and hit the internet surf in search of the most controversial art pieces of all time. Looking at some of the images which raised havoc years ago, you could be left wondering what all the fuss was about as those images appear pretty tame in today’s context. Others, well…

Kissing Doesn’t Kill (1989), Gran Fury 

Kissing Doesn’t Kill (1989), Gran Fury - theyesmenfixtheworld.com

Kissing Doesn’t Kill (1989), Gran Fury – theyesmenfixtheworld.com

This billboard went up in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. Gran Fury’s intention was to draw attention to the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS but he got a load of fury from city officials who found the depiction of same-sex couples demeaning to the objectives of the awareness initiative. 

La Maja Desnuda (1797-1800), Francisco Goya 

La Maja Desnuda (1797-1800), Francisco Goya - killingfloorboston.com

La Maja Desnuda (1797-1800), Francisco Goya – killingfloorboston.com

Authorities were so offended by this painting by Spanish painter Francisco Goya that he had to do another version with the subject clothed. Up until this painting, it was common practice not to show pubic hairs on nudes.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Pablo Picasso - profblanchardclass.blogspot.com

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Pablo Picasso – profblanchardclass.blogspot.com

Young Picasso painted five nude women with distorted facial features and sharp lines instead of feminine curves. Many in the art community were not impressed and thought the painting was immoral. The fact that two of his subjects appeared African did little to alleviate the controversy.

Self-Portrait (1500), Albrecht Durer

Self-Portrait (1500), Albrecht Durer - bandagedear.com

Self-Portrait (1500), Albrecht Durer – bandagedear.com

Even today, the public feels some kind of way when artists portray themselves in any manner that parallels them to a deity. Albrecht Durer’s portrait, on the face of it, is enchantingly smooth, intense and vivid. However, his pose and demeanour is reminiscent of Christ and back in his days, this was blatantly blasphemous.

The Guitar Lesson(1934), Balthasar Klossowski de Rola

The Guitar Lesson (1934), Balthasar Klossowski de Rola - pinterest.com

The Guitar Lesson (1934), Balthasar Klossowski de Rola – pinterest.com

Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, also known as Balthus, often produced paintings with young girls in sexually charged positions. The Guitar Lesson was the highlight of his first exhibition when he was 26 years old. A host of other artists, including Pablo Picasso, were excited about Balthus and followed his career closely despite its controversial nature.

The Spear (2010), Brett Murray 

The Spear (2010), Brett Murray - ibtimes.co.uk

The Spear (2010), Brett Murray – ibtimes.co.uk

This painting was vandalised at an exhibition two years after it was completed by South African artist, Brett Murray. It depicts the country’s Number 1 with his goods out and about. It was a thorn in the ruling party’s side for a long time and the saga provided valuable content for satire comedians the world over.

M & G GETS TOUR OF ZUMA’S NKANDLA HOME

I just had to make space on the blog for this Mail and Guardian piece.

M&G GETS TOUR OF ZUMA’S NKANDLA HOME

 

Nkandla. The dust is yet to settle. - image - timeslive.co.za

Nkandla. The dust is yet to settle. – image – timeslive.co.za

Hope you had fun this April Fool’s Day!

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