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Dominic Wilcox on Playful Creativity
At last month’s Design Indaba 2015 conference in Cape Town, British artist Dominic Wilcox’s humorous, engaging talk drew the most laughter, as well as audible expressions of awe and wonder. After his time on stage, the crowd's enthusiasm didn't...
DESIGN
Design Indaba Expo 2015
Cape Town’s inspirational Design Indaba conference doesn’t just host a great selection of speakers each year, but also encompasses a design expo that showcases some of the most exciting high-end contemporary African design. From furniture to prints...
CULTURE
Casey Neistat at Design Indaba
At Design Indaba, an event filled with creatives and media innovators, Casey Neistat is a bit of a rock star. Conference-goers approach the 34-year-old New Yorker to gush over how much they like his work. His talk about his films and the virtue of...
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Hella Jongerius at Design Indaba 2015
Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius has been a design force to be reckoned with for decades, known for both her own products and the work she’s done for companies such as Maharam, IKEA, Vitra and more. One of her latest projects was creating...
DESIGN
Interview: Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba
In just two days, the 20th edition of Design Indaba—the Cape Town-based conference that has celebrated creativity and promoted design for two decades now—will open. Known for its eclectic, inspirational roster of speakers, the conference gathers...
DESIGN
Koffi & Diabaté
Urbanization has gone from global phenomenon to the source of increasingly vital environmental, social, political and economic issues. In Africa, movement to urban centers has skyrocketed in the past decades with central planners unable and sometimes...
DESIGN
Run Rabbit Run
Cape Town-based creative studio Run Rabbit Run take their illustration and print-making skills from the digital world right into afternoon tea with their printed dish towels and napkins. Chiefly an illustration company, Run Rabbit Run's Kirsten Beets...
STYLE
Interview: Henrik Vibskov
A look at Henrik Vibskov's Central Saint Martins student ID reveals a great deal about the formidable Danish designer: he's curiously shirtless and sporting a pretty progressive haircut (particularly for 1998), but most telling are the words "BA...
DESIGN
Design Indaba 2014: The Expo
Each year that we attend Cape Town's brilliant Design Indaba conference, the subsequent Expo seems to infinitely grow and improve—a testament to the design world's increasing fascination with the opportunities abounding in the vibrant continent. Now...
CULTURE
Design Indaba 2014: The Conference
Many wondrously pioneering things happen daily in South Africa, yet surprisingly much of the world still seems slightly unaware of the nation's enduring commitment to progressive reform. The country is often still regarded by much of the modern world...
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Slabofmisuse: Loveinthiscup
This anonymous Cape Town-based producer and DJ performed his glitchy trip-hop/hip-hop beats at Cape Town's The Waiting Room this past Wednesday as part of the Design Indaba Music Circuit, which showcased local talent. A member of *gravy, the South...
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Margaret Singana: Why Did You Do It (Stretch Cover)
South African vocalist Margaret Singana was discovered while working as a cleaning lady; she would sing as she worked. Singana soared to fame and not even a debilitating stroke in 1980 could stop her, going on to release memorable songs that would...
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Bongeziwe Mabandla: Bendisiti Seamlessly blending lyrics in Xhosa and English, Bongeziwe Mabandla's heartfelt folk music explores his journey from a rural town in the Eastern Cape province to a prestigious film school in Johannesburg—all in the...
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Larry Heard Presents Mr. White: The Sun Can't Compare
For this week's #PrivateJam, Swiss-Guinean anthropologist and photographer Namsa Leuba—currently in an artist exchange program at Johannesburg's 12 Decades Art Hotel—selected "The Sun Can't Compare" by a master of Chicago-style acid house, Larry Heard...
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John Wizards: Muizenberg
Most bands cross genre lines, but few are as protean as Cape Town-based John Wizards. In their dreamy single "Muizenberg"—named for a sleepy beachside suburb of the Mother City—the band exemplifies their ability to draw on American indie rock, R&B...
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Bongeziwe Mabandla: Bendisiti
Seamlessly blending lyrics in Xhosa and English, Bongeziwe Mabandla's heartfelt folk music explores his journey from a rural town in the Eastern Cape province to a prestigious film school in Johannesburg—all in the context of post-apartheid South Africa...
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