Formed in 2001, Abavuki is an eight-member Marimba band originally from Langa. The Xhosa name means ‘Wake up, early birds!’ a local saying very similar to the English phrase ‘The early bird catches the worm’ and it perfectly reflects their enthusiastic and active mood.
In honour of women’s month and also on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Irma Stern’s death, it seems appropriate to focus on the work of one of the greatest female artists of South Africa.
Every place on this planet tells a story. Even the smallest, tucked away places on earth have a history to share. Located in northeast Germany, where people from all over the world come together, there is a place that has an undeniably remarkable written history: Berlin. Six letters illuminating the epitome of sophistication, beauty and the enigmatic. It is a vibrant and gritty playground like no other.
Despite being the capital city of Australia, Canberra doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Nestled between Sydney and Melbourne the town has a lot to offer for local and foreign tourists.
The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.
The Maasai people are a traditional tribal group that inhabit southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, along the Great Rift Valley. As they are nomadic, it can be difficult to determine how many of them still live their traditional lifestyle. However, it is estimated that there are roughly 1 million Maasai throughout Kenya and Tanzania.
Venice. An island surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon. Commonly the number one choice for newlyweds embarking on their honeymoon, this city receives more than 20 million tourists every year and is a World Heritage Site.
Close to Mount Soratte, the Italian mountain ridge in the province of Rome, you’ll find a small natural treasure: the picturesque town of Sant’Oreste, my hometown. Inhabited by about 4,000 people, the village of Sant’Oreste is a pearl of tradition dating back to before the great Roman Empire. But what makes my hometown so unique? Let’s find out.
A well-known journalist and writer, Guido Piovene claimed: ‘La Calabria sembra essere stata creata da un Dio capriccioso che dopo avere creato diversi mondi, si è divertito a mescolarli insieme.’ Literally translated, this means: ‘Calabria seems to have been created by a capricious God who, after creating different worlds, was amused to mix them together.’ These words ring true if you are lucky enough to travel through the heart of Calabria. Here you’ll see an inspiring blend of magical with mystical, especially in some of the less frequently travelled areas of the province.