Creating a game-changing dynasty

Creating a game-changing dynasty

by Lebogang Mdlankomo –

One of the meanings of the word dynasty is ‘a bloodline or ancestral line’, and Emmanuel Aboagye’s business Dynisty Entertainment (spelt with an “i”) wants to help groom artists to form part of a successful lineage.

The Dynisty team thrives on motivating artists, as the company’s motto “Inspired people, inspire people” suggests. Music.Com – an online platform they are creating with funding from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity – is designed to help artists build their careers.  (more…)

The past is always with you

The past is always with you

Bongani Kona reviews The Blacks of Cape Town –

Straddling two continents, America and Africa, and shifting between time zones, from the mid-1800’s to 2008, C.A. Davids’s ambitious first novel tells – as the provocative title suggests – the story of three generations of the Black family. Yet it is also so much more than a family history. It explores the madness of apartheid’s racial categories and how they still entangle us and how the past has been whittled down to a fairy tale-like story of saints and sinners devoid of complexity.

At the centre of the 237-page novel is Zara Black; a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Berwick in New Jersey and a third generation offspring of the Black family. Her life starts to unravel when she receives a letter from the South African government naming her late father, Bart, “among the traitors, conspirators and betrayers of their time.” The allegations spur Zara to dig into her family’s past in order to unearth the truth for herself. (more…)

In the face of adversity

by Pieter Jacobs, ACT CEO –

Reading about the Director of Diepsloot Youth Projects, Neftaly Malatje, scooping a R25,000 entrepreneurship award gave me such a thrill.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity are supporting the upcoming Diepsloot Youth Festival managed by Neftaly and it is reassuring to know that ACT has clearly made the right decision to support this initiative. (more…)

What’s art got to do with it?

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Art, Democracy & Development by S. Şerban Scrieciu –

The arts have a big role to play in democracy and development. Take for instance the role of art as a form of protest, a form of criticism to the address of perceived injustices. Art can give voice in a more subtle way or in a straightforward explosion to frustrations, anger, and suffering.

Think of cases from literature where writers have responded to or warned of the dangers of undemocratic rule and repressive policies of authoritarian regimes. Examples include the Ukrainian writer Mikhail Bulgakov or the English novelist and essayist George Orwell (both active in the first half of the twentieth century), who have undermined and ridiculed (Soviet-inspired) totalitarian practices. (more…)

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