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CAFE DE LA CREME

One of the most enjoyable ways to get a feel for a city is through your tastebuds, and Johannesburg provides plenty to explore. Starting the day with breakfast, Cafe De la Crème is something of an institution in the central suburb of Melville. Famed for their delicious freshly baked goods, the charming cafe is divided in two, with one side …

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BANNISTER HOTEL

Owned by former photographer Andrew Bannister, his artistic touches can be seen throughout the design of the Bannister Hotel, and his iconic album cover image of Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukudzi hangs in the entrance. The hotel is located in Jozi’s hip Braamfontein area, which is thriving with stores, bars, coffee shops and the popular Neighbourgoods market which is a perfect …

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HONG KONG

Hong Kong: The sound of moolah. By Blaise Hopkinson. There is one thing nobody ever disputes about Hong Kong, that island of legends and lifetimes. Like Daisy in The Great Gatsby, it smells of money. And, still in the literary mode, British author Vita Sackville-West once said. “Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than …

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BEING NINA SIMONE

Returning to the stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976, Nina Simone prefaced her performance with, “I think the only way to tell you who I am these days is to sing a song.” By Colleen Kelsey Born Eunice Waymon in rural North Carolina in 1933, Simone trained as a classical pianist as a child. Earning the moniker “The …

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ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST

What a weird and wonderful collection of characters actor Benicio del Toro is putting together. By Chris Wallace From his garbling and gangly con Fenster in The Usual Suspects to the roommate and accidental philosopher Benny in Basquiat, to Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to Sauncho Smilax in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice last year, del …

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UNRELEASED MILES DAVIS

We’re premiering an unreleased performance off a new box set celebrating 20 years of the jazz legend’s brilliance. By James Joiner The cultural ramifications of jazz great Miles Davis are still being heard today in EDM, rock, hip-hop, and, of course, jazz. Over the course of his long and storied career, Davis maintained a 20-year relationship with the historic Newport …

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THE AFRICAN MEANING OF DISGUISE

Global African artists explore the meaning of disguise in the 21st century. By Priscilla Frank Image: Europa, Nandipha Mntambo, Swaziland. Photographic composite by Tony Meintjes. The Western mythos around masks is familiar, unconcealed. Don a disguise, whether a helmet for a sports match or a costume for a masquerade, and be liberated, freed from a fixed identity and thrown into …

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THUNDAFUND

Thundafund: The crowdfunding platform made for Africa. By Thomas Page In the egalitarian world of crowdfunding, most sites are much the same – largely passive templates for start-ups to vie for investment. While these tools may be advantageous abroad, in Africa… not so much. What works in New York might not necessarily work in Cape Town. Knowing this, one South …

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THE PERFECT BURGER

Perfect homemade beef burgers. Do it yourself on the BBQ with this amazing burger recipe. By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall A home-made beefburger, just a bit pink in the middle, barbecue-grilled and served in a bun with your own choice of toppings, is very, very hard to beat. But the burger has to be right – good lean meat, well aged, and …

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A DINOSAUR COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET

The remains of herbivorous Sefapanosaurus were unearthed in the 1930s but languished in a storeroom at Wits University until they were recently reassessed Sefapanosaurus. Image: A computer-generated image of Sefapanosaurus. Photograph: Wits University By David Smith Palaeontologists in South Africa have discovered the fossil of a previously unknown dinosaur dating back 200m years. It was found not on a remote …