Rolling Stone South Africa was launched last year. The 6th issue was recently published. For those of you who did not know, Rolling Stone South Africa covers iconic music, culture and current affairs (much like the issues in the UK and the USA). Issue 6 of the magazine is available in selected stores nationwide and features a thought-provoking cover story with Spoek Mathambo. The visionary young singer-rapper-producer talks exclusively to them about overcoming the born free generation’s angst and amnesia by mainlining history to create a provocative new language of Pop presence.
In the article Spoek Mathambo says that his music is driven to be intricate, a bit challenging – but not arrogantly so. ‘Father Creeper’ is him assessing the now. That is what Spoek says about the shape shifting, genre-free strategy of his brilliant new album released on iconic US indie label Sub Pop. He’s creating a timeline, knowing that this is not just a point in space that exists in a vacuum, but that there’s so much context, future implications as well as past causes.
It’s these crossroads – between past-future-present – that the 6th South African edition of Rolling Stone once again navigates in its in-depth coverage of music, movies and current affairs by a roll call of visionary writers. Rian Malan heads off deep into the parallel universe of Afrikanerdom with the most famous band you’ve never heard of, and Bongani Madondo revisits the forgotten Shangaan Disco soundtrack of his youth. Elsewhere, an undercover cop falls in love with the radicals he’s spying on, Jon Stewart talks to rock legend Bruce Springsteen about how America’s poor keep getting screwed and Josh Eells discovers how Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence became the coolest chick in Hollywood. And the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death is celebrated with Ed McCormack’s classic archival interview with the reggae prophet. Sounds like a must buy copy of Rolling Stone South Africa if you ask me.
You can win a one year subscription to Rolling Stone South Africa. All you have to do is to tell them which article in issue 6 of Rolling Stone South Africa you found to be the best read and why you have to stand a chance to win a year subscription to the magazine. Visit www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA or mention @RollingstoneSA on Twitter to enter with your comment. The Twitter hashtag for the competition is #RS6 and it closes on the 1st of June 2012.
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