The singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer is playing Joburg on Friday night. Yes, I know you’ve probably never heard of her, which she thinks is fine, but here’s why you should buy a ticket, reckons Charl BlignautThe thing about pop culture that all savvy folk know is that it comes from the street and the underground. It’s always the “other” at first. Capitalist cultural production needs the next big thing. The zeitgeist decides the rest.
Johannesburg - “Your culture in South Africa contributed so much to Black Panther. We’re so sorry we couldn’t be there with you,” said director Ryan Coogler of the country that inspired the first black superhero film. Much of Black Panther’s wardrobe, computer-generated locations and art direction – as well as the isiXhosa spoken by the inhabitants of the fictional country Wakanda – were inspired by South Africa.
It was the smash hit of summer, played on dance floors across the country as midnight struck on New Year’s eve, chanted at street parties and blasted from taxis. But from the moment Durban gqom outfit Distruction Boyz dropped their banger Omunye on their breakout album Gqom is the Future, rumours swirled that the musical composition on the track was ominously similar to the beats on Trip to New York by DJ LAG, released three months before Omunye.
#ThoughtsOfTheDay Forensic copyright analysis is the future, tell your kids. Also, the way journalists' phones are being tapped and keypads mirrored and their privacy invaded unconstitutionally and illegally, I can't even. And one love and world peace, obvs.
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Selecting a term
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