Why I Love August Burns Red

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In keeping my New Year’s resolution of being more positive, I’m going to start focusing more on the things I love and which grow me… which, in this instance, would be the band August Burns Red.

Now, I am a huge August Burns Red fan, and I won’t even pretend otherwise. The day I accidentally came across their song, “Composure”, spawned admiration and a love affair which has grown with each release until the present day.

My reasons for loving ABR can be summarised in a single word: antidote. Continue reading “Why I Love August Burns Red”

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Community

“…to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit the Langa and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town. During my rather brief stints there, I had flashbacks of an often-forgotten chapter of my life during which I lived in the Queenstown township of Ezibeleni before relocating. Watching my extended family and the locals, I was reminded of the playfulness and innocence of youth. But more than that, I was reminded of – and began longing for – the sense of community missing from the suburbs in which I now reside. It is this camaraderie that I tried to capture (and failed, but I tried regardless):

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A New South Africa?

Well, I am going to come across as cynical here, but I do not buy into the “new South Africa” narrative our country has going on. In fact, I believe this whole “Rainbow Nation” feel-good slogan to be a complete and utter farce and, as such, have grown to detest it as well other terminology related to it (think “reconciliation”, “ubuntu” and so forth).

These terms, particularly “reconciliation”, imply the coming together of and compromising between two or more previously opposed factions. South African reality does not reflect this, though; rather, we see more concession on the part of black people while white people get to keep their apartheid spoils guilt-free. Instead of being institutionalised, “the new South Africa” is an idea used by happy-clappy, usually “colour-blind” (haha!) people to try and silence the grievances of the less-than-happy. Continue reading “A New South Africa?”