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General Discussion / Re: Pimpin' Msholozi
« on: February 03, 2010, 12:45:33 AM »
^^^ndinqinelana nawe sisi. ndibukela inhlekisa le, kodwa sivelelwe xasekuthetwa inyani. sivelelwa.

bonke ababantu abazama ukusiqhatha ngalento, bayasiphambanela. yi-two cents yonke lento. ayikho lento yenziwa nguzuma. akukho culture yam enje mna.

ungaphel'amandla mtshana. nceda, ungakhe ulinge uphel'amandla. iinde lendlela. kwaye sisezofuneka kunjalo nje. amazwi la asakwaziyo ukuthetha. asezofuneka. ungakhe ulinge uyeke izimanga zabantu zikutyhafise. nceda, uhlale unqanda.


« on: February 03, 2010, 12:31:44 AM »
...and then. quite on another note, perhaps a little more fitting of your tune double R, this:

a documentary called WELCOME NELSON which will be broadcast by etv on wednesday 10 february at 8pm.

This documentary takes a different angle on the 20th anniversary celebrations of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

The release is analysed in terms of Guy Debord's theory of the spectacle and views the event as an entirely staged media coup for the Machiavellian F.W. De Klerk.

Instead of the customary portrayal of Dr. Mandela as a liberating Messiah he is shown to have been taken completely by surprise by his release, pleading with De Klerk to allow him to stay inside for longer, and tragically identifying with his white warders in what must be one of the most acute cases of Stockholm Syndrome in history.

The never-before screened behind the scenes footage of the press conference and first speech provides a fascinating glimpse into how the news media shape and manipulate our memories of the future.

The documentary is shot, produced and directed by CRAIG MATTHEW
sound design and original music score DANIEL EPPEL
sound recordist WARRICK SONY
theme song SIMONE WHITE

2010, 23 minutes
first broadcast wednesday 10 february 8pm on etv

more information on Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle is here:

« on: February 01, 2010, 11:26:07 PM »
* and no colin, you do not have to read all of thaaaat *

« on: February 01, 2010, 11:21:31 PM »
well, under the current climate of espionage and other such skulduggery, the timing may be most inopportune. it caused me quite the unexpected chuckle i must say. but nonetheless, it is happening:

FREE AT LAST Film Festival
CAPE TOWN, 11 – 13 February & JOHANNESBURG, 11 February 2010
Visit for further information

Twenty years ago, after having spent 27 years behind bars, Nelson Mandela, the world’s most famous
prisoner walked out of Victor Verster Prison near Paarl. Awe and disbelief was on the faces of many,
expressions of overwhelming joy, people burst into the streets across the country, brandishing posters and
flags banned for decades. Mandela has become an icon and moral authority of near universal appeal and
South Africa a young democracy – reasons to celebrate this anniversary with some of the best films made
about Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid movement, as well as raw footage that will transport audiences back
to that hot Sunday in February 1990.

“By 3.30, I began to get restless, as we were already behind schedule. I told the members of the Reception
Committee that my people had been waiting for me for twenty-seven years and I did not want to keep
them waiting any longer (…).” (Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Little, Brown & Company,
London, 1994, page 552 & 553) 

For decades, news coming out of South Africa focused on forced removals, repressive, racist laws,
ma**acres, raids, torture, imprisonment. Headlines filled with tales of violence and suffering: Sharpeville,
Soweto, Steve Biko and Ruth First, Matthew Goniwe and David Webster, the State of Emergency, letter
bombs and hit squads.

On 2 February 1990, at the opening of parliament, President FW de Klerk surprised not only his own cabinet
but the world at large when he announced the unbanning of banned political organizations and the
unconditional release of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.

“At first I could not really make out what was going on in front of us, but when I was within 150 feet or so,
I saw a tremendous commotion and a great crowd of people: hundreds of photographers and television
cameras and newspeople as well as several thousands of well-wishers. I was astounded and a little bit
alarmed. I had truly not expected such a scene; at most, I had imagined that there would be several dozen
people, mainly the warders and their families (…).”

On 5 May 1962, together with Cecil Williams, a theatrical producer who had provided a front for Mandela to
act as his driver, Mandela was arrested outside Howick, in Natal. Williams enabled Mandela to defy his
banning order and travel the country. Initially, Mandela was arrested for leaving South Africa illegally and
for incitement to strike but once most of the ANC leadership had been arrested at Lilliesleaf Farm in
Rivonia, he ended up being charged for sabotage, sharing the dock with Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg,
Govan Mbeki, Andrew Mlangeni, Elias Motsoaledi, Walter Sisulu and Raymond Mhlaba, facing the death
sentence. Mandela, a lawyer by profession and skilled orator, turned the Rivonia Trial into a political trial, a
platform from which he justified the ANC’s position and its shift to the armed struggle:

“I am the First Accused (…)During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African
people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have
cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with
equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for
which I am prepared to die.”

Sent to Robben Island for life imprisonment like so many others, Mandela and his fellow prisoners
endured harsh conditions, manual labour, ruthless warders and even torture. The apartheid government
expected the world and South Africa to forget about the “Black Pimpernel” and his comrades.
By the 1980s, however, Mandela had become the world’s most prominent prisoner, the focus of many
“Release Mandela” campaigns and rallies. International pressure, the fall of the Berlin Wall, which ushered
in the end of the bipolar world order, burning townships and more and more ungovernable areas in South
Africa lead to secret “talks about talks” between the banned ANC and the Nats government, resulting in
South Africa’s “glasnost”.

“Within twenty feet or so of the gate, the cameras started clicking, a noise that sounded like some great
herd of metallic beasts. (…) It was a happy, if slightly disorienting, chaos. When a television crew thrust a
long, dark and furry object at me, I recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon
developed while I was in prison. Winnie informed me that it was a microphone.”

“When I was among the crowd I raised my right fist, and there was a roar. I had not been able to do that
for twenty-seven years and it gave me a surge of strength and joy. (…). As I finally walked through those
gates to enter a car on the other side, I felt - even at the age of seventy-one - that my life was beginning
anew. My ten thousand days of imprisonment were at last over."
Who is this man, the world was campaigning, picketing and waiting for? How did the liberation movements
fight, mobilize and justify their struggle against oppression?

A unique selection of renowned local and international filmmakers and award-winning non-fiction films, as
well as the raw historical footage of the day of Mandela’s release, take us back to one of the most significant
historical events of the 20th century. They remind us of the pain, sacrifices, but also the joys, the indomitable
spirit, the victories and the humanity that characterized the struggle.

The challenges facing South Africa remain significant two decades after Mandela’s long walk lead him out of
jail – the reasons to celebrate, however, do too.

At a time where some miss the collective consciousness, the magic of the early 90s, the unity in purpose of
the struggle years, and the electrifying mood, the excitement, the air filled with hope and possibilities,
brotherhood and goodwill, these films provide insight and inspiration, allow audiences to take stock, draw
parallels, reflect and debate, relive South Africa’s “Zero Hour” and make sure that we never forget what it
took. Amandla!

For media queries please contact:
Nathalie Rosa Bucher
0768 310 434 or 021 465 5805

Patrons: Denis Goldberg & Andrew Mlangeni

barry white: 1944 - 2003.

"love's theme"

Humour / Jokes / Re: the simp test
« on: December 29, 2009, 09:47:36 PM »
oh no. thats really not a very good song that. and lady gaga should have said no to that one. no. it did her no favours. if it was a must and made sense then a more inspired collabo was in order. surely.


... what do you mean santa. so much for kids on your lap. what exactly does this mean, this 'demanding', what does it look like.

call me the grinch.

Politics / Re: DENNIS BRUTUS
« on: December 26, 2009, 11:15:33 PM »
youve never seen anything like it i tell you.


Politics / Re: DENNIS BRUTUS
« on: December 26, 2009, 11:00:35 PM »
Dennis Vincent Brutus, 1924-2009

World-renowned political organizer and one of Africa’s most celebrated
poets, Dennis Brutus, died early on December 26 in Cape Town, in his
sleep, aged 85.

Even in his last days, Brutus was fully engaged, advocating social
protest against those responsible for climate change, and promoting
reparations to black South Africans from corporations that benefited
from apartheid. He was a leading plaintiff in the Alien Tort Claims Act
case against major firms that is now making progress in the US court system.

Brutus was born in Harare in 1924, but his South African parents soon
moved to Port Elizabeth where he attended Paterson and Schauderville
High Schools. He entered Fort Hare University on a full scholarship in
1940, graduating with a distinction in English and a second major in
Psychology. Further studies in law at the University of the
Witwatersrand were cut short by imprisonment for anti-apartheid activism.

Brutus’ political activity initially included extensive journalistic
reporting, organising with the Teachers’ League and Congress movement,
and leading the new South African Sports a**ociation as an alternative
to white sports bodies. After his banning in 1961 under the Suppression
of Communism Act, he fled to Mozambique but was captured and deported to
Johannesburg. There, in 1963, Brutus was shot in the back while
attempting to escape police custody. Memorably, it was in front of Anglo
American Corporation headquarters that he nearly died while awaiting an
ambulance reserved for blacks.

While recovering, he was held in the Johannesburg Fort Prison cell which
more than a half-century earlier housed Mahatma Gandhi. Brutus was
transferred to Robben Island where he was jailed in the cell next to
Nelson Mandela, and in 1964-65 wrote the collections Sirens Knuckles
Boots and Letters to Martha, two of the richest poetic expressions of
political incarceration.

Subsequently forced into exile, Brutus resumed simultaneous careers as a
poet and anti-apartheid campaigner in London, and while working for the
International Defense and Aid Fund, was instrumental in achieving the
apartheid regime’s expulsion from the 1968 Mexican Olympics and then in
1970 from the Olympic movement.

Upon moving to the US in 1977, Brutus served as a professor of
literature and African studies at Northwestern (Chicago) and Pittsburgh,
and defeated high-profile efforts by the Reagan Administration to deport
him during the early 1980s. He wrote numerous poems, ninety of which
will be published posthumously next year by Worcester State University,
and he helped organize major African writers organizations with his
colleagues Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe.

Following the political transition in South Africa, Brutus resumed
activities with gra**roots social movements in his home country. In the
late 1990s he also became a pivotal figure in the global justice
movement and a featured speaker each year at the World Social Forum, as
well as at protests against the World Trade Organisation, G8, Bretton
Woods Institutions and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Brutus continued to serve in the anti-racism, reparations and economic
justice movements as a leading strategist until his death, calling in
August for the ‘Seattling’ of the recent Copenhagen summit because
sufficient greenhouse gas emissions cuts and North-South ‘climate debt’
payments were not on the agenda.

His final academic appointment was as Honorary Professor at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society, and for that
university’s press and Haymarket Press, he published the
autobiographical Poetry and Protest in 2006.

Amongst numerous recent accolades were the US War Resisters League peace
award in September, two Doctor of Literature degrees conferred at Rhodes
and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in April - following six
other honorary doctorates – and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the
South African government Department of Arts and Culture in 2008.

Brutus was also awarded membership in the South African Sports Hall of
Fame in 2007, but rejected it on grounds that the institution had not
confronted the country’s racist history. He also won the Paul Robeson
and Langston Hughes awards.

The memory of Dennis Brutus will remain everywhere there is struggle
against injustice. Uniquely courageous, consistent and principled,
Brutus bridged the global and local, politics and culture, cla** and
race, the old and the young, the red and green. He was an emblem of
solidarity with all those peoples oppressed and environments wrecked by
the power of capital and state elites – hence some in the African
National Congress government labeled him ‘ultraleft’. But given his role
as a world-cla** poet, Brutus showed that social justice advocates can
have both bread and roses.

Brutus’s poetry collections are:
* Sirens Knuckles and Boots (Mbari Productions, Ibaden, Nigeria and
Northwestern University Press, Evanston Illinois, 1963).
* Letters to Martha and Other Poems from a South African Prison
(Heinemann, Oxford, 1968).
* Poems from Algiers (African and Afro-American Studies and Research
Institute, Austin, Texas, 1970).
* A Simple Lust (Heinemann, Oxford, 1973).
* China Poems (African and Afro-American Studies and Research Centre,
Austin, Texas, 1975).
* Strains (Troubador Press, Del Valle, Texas).
* Stubborn Hope (Three Continents Press, Washington, DC and Heinemann,
Oxford, 1978).
* Salutes and Censures (Fourth Dimension, Enugu, Nigeria, 1982).
* Airs and Tributes (Whirlwind Press, Camden, New Jersey, 1989).
* Still the Sirens (Pennywhistle Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1993).
* Remembering Soweto, ed. Lamont B. Steptoe (Whirlwind Press, Camden,
New Jersey, 2004).
* Leafdrift, ed. Lamont B. Steptoe (Whirlwind Press, Camden, New Jersey,
* Poetry and Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader, ed. Aisha Kareem and Lee
Sustar (Haymarket Books, Chicago and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press,
Pietermaritzburg, 2006).

He is survived by his wife May, his sisters Helen and Dolly, eight
children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren in Hong Kong,
England, the USA and Cape Town.

(By Patrick Bond)

« on: December 26, 2009, 07:00:29 PM »
a south african giant, poet, writer, thinker, leader and activist dennis brutus has pa**ed away.

if you dont know who he is, look him up. he is a someone we should know of/about.

may he rest in the sweetest of peace.

Media / Re: foreign exchange gets nominated for a grammy
« on: December 04, 2009, 04:07:44 PM »
and we hope that this serves as proof that you CAN succeed on your own terms. God bless.

this is beautiful.

Politics / Re: Debra Interviewing Malema
« on: December 04, 2009, 04:03:40 PM »
i dont know if the issue for me is julius malema for me per say. at times when i think about this what sticks out for me is usually why so much media attention i think firstly. there is sensationalising the issue of julius and then theres all of whats been happening. and the question is why.

and then, i dont know if i will be able to express this as succintly as it requires perhaps but, i do also think that this is a situation that takes root in the context of the prevailing silence on some issues really affecting people in south africa today. the conversations we seem so incapable of having. complicated as they may be, they define and shape the landscape. urgent if not necessary.

there is a silence by those who would perhaps be better equipped to handle some of them with a measure of greater responsibility.

this for me is the issue.

General Discussion / Re: MOFF G welcomes HIS son
« on: November 13, 2009, 10:51:05 AM »
all the best to you and your lady and your baby.

take care of each other and of him.

Hip Hop Events / poetry: badilisha 2
« on: November 13, 2009, 10:40:09 AM »

Movie Talk / Re: cinema!
« on: October 31, 2009, 04:38:37 PM »
im like oh wow. it worked. what. haha. i have no phucken clue what just happened here. im so confused.

so much for my speeches.


Movie Talk / Re: cinema!
« on: October 31, 2009, 04:20:13 PM »
giving me too much daraaama, im like uh, no. sorry. links will have to do. sorry.
why cant it just do what its supposed to do.
too much drama. my gosh. haha.

aaaanyway: finding nemo.

- fish are friends -

- duuuuude -

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