sat 29/11/2014

Thembi Mutch

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theartsdesk in the Shetlands: Seasick Vikings

“Would we be able to prosecute the Vikings today, should we? I mean are there parallels between what the Nazis did by plundering art and gold, or what the German soldiers did who raped Norwegian...


theartsdesk in Mozambique: Maputo Stories

The capital of Mozambique pulls no punches. Parked at the old airport among sheaves of wild grass are old MiG fighter planes, as sculpturally beautiful as the massive monument made from...


theartsdesk in Zanzibar: The Nightingale Still Sings

A crowd of men and younger women in full burkahs gathers, bewildered by the sight: an African woman, in West African “Mumu” (khaftan) and a covered head, playing Ghazals (Islamic calls to prayer)....


theartsdesk in Johannesburg: Black Diamonds at the Wits Museum

The new Wits Museum in Johannesburg is located in an old Shell petrol station and stands on the corner behind a vast glass frontage. The winner of the 2012 VISI architecture award, it is big, akin to...


theartsdesk at the Busara Festival: Africa's long song of defiance

The 18th-century Omani fort in Zanzibar is silhouetted against a clear African night. Nneka, a bird-like Nigerian female artist in shabby leggings, is hammering out “Vagabonds in Power” on an open-...


theartsdesk in Zanzibar: The Sounds of Wisdom

“When I first came to Zanzibar I was expecting there to be a lot of local music in local cafés and bars on the radio. In reality it was the Spice Girls or "Barbie Girl". It was so disappointing...


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German romantic music, from Edinburgh, Dresden and Melbourne

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Russian-set play is fascinating but skimps on the fear

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Ancient Australian combo defy the odds and turn it up to 11

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Rock and pop’s fascination with realms beyond the Earth’s atmosphere

Sci-Fi Week: Through the eyes of JG Ballard

The writer was profoundly influenced by art and in turn influenced artists

Lily Allen, Brighton Centre

The pithy princess of femme-pop on affable rather than thrilling form

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Rocket-fuelled groove-jazzers take off into sonic space

Pelléas et Mélisande, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

A Pelléas of echoes and allusions, a dramatic revelation

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