An African take on Moby’s new single: Be The One

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By William Nicholson in Video on Friday 19 August 2011

Two African kids living lonely adult lives in the city at night. Shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa.

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MissYucki

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By Milos in New Illustration on Wednesday 2 February 2011

MissYucki is an organically evolving character based narrative conceived by Alba Poretti and Kathleen Cameron. The MissYucki project has taken its core inspiration from experiences based on the magic and mayhem of Johannesburg, South Africa, and tells stories ripe with local symbolism.

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Cape Town’s beat-dropping Funafuji

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By Sarah Claire Picton in New Music on Tuesday 7 December 2010

Girls. All I really want is Girls. So, the Beastie Boys rapped it, and Cape Town’s been feeling it. Or her, rather. Meet Safiyya Bryce, aka Funafuji, a little lass with an English accent who is doing big things. Things that make us sweat and smile. Droppin’ it like the boys and throwing in some extra-cheeky femme fatale flare, she’s a ‘fourth year medical student who also plays bass-heavy, phat, wobbley dubstep muuuusak’.

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Put your Vuvuzela to good use. Finally!

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By Matt Blitz in New Trends on Tuesday 21 September 2010

Remember that grating sound that practically deafened us all during World Cup? How could we forget. Well, if you’re wondering what to do with your Vuvuzela now that the World Cup is over, WoZela has the answer: simply come up with a beneficial recycling idea, draw it, make it, film it or depict it in any other way and then submit it to their blog.

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Wine in a beer bottle

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 2 September 2010

If there was any doubt that beer is the new wine, it can now be put to rest with the introduction of this new wine packaging: wine in a beer bottle. That’s right, we’re talking about a Swartland Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend out of South Africa cheekily disguised within a kitschy brown beer bottle with an equally cheeky title, Bob’s Your Uncle.

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sOccket: the energy generating soccer ball

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By Nikki Savvides in New Eco on Wednesday 11 August 2010

The brainchild of Harvard University engineering students Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar, sOccket is an ingenious creation that harnesses the kinetic potential of play. A soccer ball which uses inductive coil technology to capture and store energy for later use, sOccket has been provided as a solution to the day-to-day energy problems of people living in third world countries.

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Jerusalema

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Tuesday 3 August 2010

Set in South Africa and billed as Africa’s answer to City of God, Jerusalema forgoes that film’s artistic flourishes and humour, opting instead for a more intellectual storyline. While there are still plenty of shots fired and cars stolen, and a rare insight into how life is for those in South Africa’s slums, the picture is built on a few cuttingly clever core ideas.

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On the trail of the Johannesburg Experience

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By Michelle Wilding in Video on Monday 26 July 2010

I was recently posted to Johannesburg, South Africa as part of a splendid media trip to cover the Smirnoff Experience featuring Tiësto and BLK JKS. Naturally, the video journalist in me decided to make a mini-documentary on the whole thing. I had the privilege to interview the big Dutchman himself, as well as play with […]

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Jordan Metcalf

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Thursday 1 July 2010

I love bulbous heads and weird monsters, so South African artist Jordan Metcalf’s work is right up my alley.

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Cape Town’s Afro Cafe

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 June 2010

With the World Cup officially kicked off in South Africa, it’s time to celebrate the country’s bold culture, art, and style. And if you’re in Cape Town, a great spot to get down with South African talent is at Afro Café.

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First solo show of Nicholas Hlobo

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Tuesday 8 June 2010

I wish I could make it to the first solo exhibit of South African artist Nicholas Hlobo. His found-material sculptures confront issues of race, gender, and sexuality that still confound contemporary South African culture as it does the rest of the world.

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Smirnoff Experience Johannesburg

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By Michelle Wilding in New Events on Thursday 3 June 2010

I’ve been following Smirnoff Experience events held around the world and never had the fortune to get to one. The volcanic ash halted my Berlin endeavours, so naturally I was absolutely ecstatic when asked to attend the Johannesburg gig as a VIP. DJ Tiesto co-headlined with South African big guns BLK JKS, and the result was something unique.

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Honest Chocolate

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 9 April 2010

Honestly, Honest Chocolate seems more straight out of Los Angeles than South Africa. This is, after all, raw, organic, vegan chocolate. But indeed, these sweets are made by ‘a man, an apron, and a beard’, chilling in Cape Town.

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Thandi Wines: for the people, by the people

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Saturday 16 January 2010

While some vineyards work hard for high ratings, others are working to empower individuals. South African-based Thandi Wines wholly embraces the latter. As the first ever all black owned and operated vineyard in the world — not to mention the first Fair Trade-certified vineyard, too — Thandi fights to strengthen previously disadvantaged communities.

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The Black Heart Gang’s Tale Of How animation

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By Dont Panic in Video on Wednesday 28 January 2009

The Black Heart Gang are a group of South African artists who have created a fantastic hand drawn animation, visually inspired by eastern art. The Tale of How is a story about a giant octupus whose desire is to consume every dodo resembling bird there is in sight, until Eddy the Engineer — a little […]

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