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The Other Side of the Coin, So to Speak: Helge Janssen on The Vuvuzela Murders

Here are the many personas of a Valkenberg whoonga trip … except that Valkenberg is South Africa and the whoonga trip is everyday South African reality.

This ingenious analogy has leant itself to the vision is of a failed society that has no redeeming features except fleeting moments of a deranged and desperately damaged and doomed love … the various permutations of which the protagonist is consistently attracted to quicker than the flicker of a forked tongue. In these fleeting moments of self-defeating ‘real time’ he seeks salvation within a quest to somehow intuit why things fall apart.

Jane Rosenthal Reviews The Vuvuzela Murders

“…nothing remains in the mind after reading it other than nausea.”

Vuvuzela Murders

What Crisis?

Vote Unga Dada for a free and high government!

Selected Films of Aryan Kaganof: 1994-2014

An Inconsolable Memory


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 and 12, South African independent filmmaker, Aryan Kaganof will be present to discuss and present selected films; with School of the Arts Film Faculty, Richard Peña, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hlonipha Mokoena.

Invitation: Book and Toilet Launch: From a Place of Blackness

From a Place of Blackness Launch

Athi Mongezeleli Joja will be hosting a conversation between Aryan Kaganof and Andile Mngxitama on Sunday 17th November at 14h00, at Bolo’Bolo anarchist infoshop and coffee house, 76 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.

Bring your own toilet.

My New Novel, The Vuvuzela Murders

The Vuvuzela Murders explores the dark side of the transformation of a country’s psyche. The return of the repressed manifests itself in a cast of grisly characters; Tsunami Lou, Psyche Peacock, Skaface Cupido, Citizen Kohen, Dr. Samantha Beckett, The Slit Throat… who are these maniacs and why does everybody speak English in Africa South South (ASS)? If the book is situated in Valkenberg then they must all be insane, but if the book is exemplary for this country we must all be ASSholes.

Published by Mbali Press
1432 Brightside Loc
Ladybrand 9745
Free State

Book details

Three Fools of Melville: Book Reviews

Here is a review I wrote of some books for the Chim Chronic:

Chimurenga Chronic: Three fools of Melville by CityPress

My Mandela – Khalo’s Tribute to Madiba

In this powerful documentary portrait, director Shameela Seedat and Editor Aryan Kaganof, focus on Khalo Matabane, filmmaker extraordinaire, his rise to prominence as one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers on the continent.

His many films, and the making of Khalo’s latest film, “Khalo’s Letter to Madiba”, in which he seeks to verify if Mandela’s philosophies of forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom still resonate in a world plagued with injustice and social inequalities.

Aryan Kaganof killed by police

Howl Marikana


And they cried with a loud voice, saying,
How long, O Lord, holy and true,
dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
on them that dwell on the earth? (Rev. 6:10)


Colours were simpler then. Meant
less. At least it seemed that way. Before the
burning. Millions of colours. Burnt alive. At the stake.
Roasted because of their toxicity. Poisonous colours. Then
the beginning. Again. After the end. Fewer colours. But
meaning more. 2300 colours. All that was left. After
the colourcaust. Colour burning. Only the strong
colours survived. Pure. Survival all that

ANDRIES NTSHENYEHO killed by police.

An Inconsolable Memory…

… is screening at V&A Waterfront, Saturday 15 June 8pm.