In music, local is lekker

If the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are anything to go by, the South African music scene is bursting with talent. Every year the South African Music Awards cherry picks and rewards the best South African music, musicians, bands and the like. Year …

8 movies to keep the kids busy these holidays

Tired of watching Frozen over and over? Barney and Dora getting too much too handle? Here is our pick of 8 animated kid's movies your little ones probably haven't seen yet:   1. Surf's Up A mockumentary-style look at the annual Penguin …

5 books set in Joburg

While it may not feature so prominently as to become a character in its own right (like James Joyce’s Dublin or Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Petrograd), Johannesburg is still has an important part to play in these five novels of our choice.   Check out …

Remembering Robin Williams

Sadly, Robin Williams passed away tragically on 11 August 2014 after losing his lifetime battle with depression and mental illness.   He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him, as well as by millions fans around the world, …

Spielberg to direct Roald Dahl’s BFG

Hollywood have announced that Steven Spielberg is set to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic kid's book The BFG. This family favourite is set to be released in July 2016, and has Spielberg and Roald Dahl fans alike incredibly excited. The …

The cult of movies

The term cult movie usually refers to ‘small’ movies outside the mainstream film industry. Some are characterised by limited accessibility; some are controversial or rebellious; some are even so badly made that they became – good…   What is common …

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is a fabulous, must-read book about a teenage girl diagnosed with lung cancer who finds love while fighting the disease.   Grace is a sixteen-year-old girl with cancer, caught up in the effort it takes to live …

Vinyl makes a record comeback

There have been debates about the merits and weaknesses of vinyl recordings vs. digital since the first commercial CD player rolled out in the early ‘80s, and digital has been the clear winner. But funny things have been happening …

Judging a book by the cover

  You’ve probably heard it said countless times: you can't judge a book by the cover.   Well, I am going to suggest to you to do precisely that: to select the next fiction book to read by its cover.   It’s easy to settle upon …

Books with unforgettable characters

For a book to be named amongst the best, it must combine great story-telling with brilliant descriptions of characters and their purpose or goal in the story. This combination is bound to produce a bestseller as well as an unforgetttable character that …