This latest South African to hit the international music scene big time released his latest single, Control, a Joy Division cover a few weeks ago. The music video was shot by photographer Pieter Hugo.
Certainly worth listening to this, and to his other singles – you can find them on YouTube.
Pscyhologist, peformer and Libyan exile Dr David Gerbi is calling for the international community to do something about the situation in Libya.
I spoke to him last week. Now, today, leaders are in Paris discussing Libya. Last night the north Afican country called a ceasefire. Today a fighter plane blew up in the sky above Benghazi. There is much rumour and speculation about the cause of the explosion, but it has led to a sense of urgency and the Paris meeting might end with a decision to intervene and for the international community to take military action. This could happen within hours of the end of the meeting. Read More…
I missed the boat yesterday. Got caught up with day job stuff, and netball practice. So I missed that Dior designer John Galliano had apologised. (See below). He is apparently going to rehab maybe to trial. But still there is that terrible racist rant which is on video and will remain there to be watched by anybody at anytime. In the meantime his latest collection will be shown his absence the Paris Rodin museum today.
Here’s the full text of Galliano’s apology, which he released through his lawyer on Wednesday:
“Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor’s Office I should make my position clear.
An open letter to Mr Jimmy Manyi
Let us drop titles for the purpose of a necessary exchange. So let us forget for now that I am a Cabinet Minister and that you are a Director-General equivalent, in the same government. I want to address you simply as a compatriot South African.
I want to draw to your attention the fact that your statements about “an over-concentration of coloureds” are against the letter and spirit of the South African Constitution, as well being against the values espoused by the Black Management Forum since its inception. Read More…
I feel lost knowing that tonight I won’t be home reading David Grossman’s “To the End of the Land”. It’s been a long relationship. A 575-page relationship. I’ve read it slowly, taken some breaks for mandatory reading, and enjoyed savouring every page of the thoughtful, perceptive and sensitive account of a family and a threesome friendship in Israel where war and hatred are the backdrop to lives which can’t quite be normal.
Ora is the woman caught between trying to raise her family well and ethically, and war in which her sons and lovers participate. We learn about her and her family’s life as she takes a walk with an old friend and lover who suffers from post-traumatic stress. The walk is intended to take her away from her home to avoid a knock at the door – her son is willingly participating in an operation and that midnight knock to announce a death she believes is inevitable. Running away is her attempt to avoid, and by avoiding and telling Avram the story of her family, she believes she might prevent “it” from happening.
But really you need to read the book.
Avusa responded quickly yesterday saying that Bitches Brew has been canned after Kuli Robert’s offensive “Jou Ma se Kinders” was published in Sunday World on the weekend. City Press editor Ferial Haffajee called the article “racist”, “vile” and “disgusting”. Kuli has since apologised on Twitter saying “am truly sorry to all those upset by my last column. No harm was intended. Once again it was never my plan to upset and I pray fogiveness”. Read More…