Johannesburg

Music

Tyla is on a mission to become South Africa’s biggest popstar

By putting a pop spin on the deep house sounds of amapiano, 19-year-old Tyla is taking the genre international with her debut single ‘Getting Late’.
Frankie Dunn
3.4.21
Fashion

thebe magugu is the lvmh prize finalist prioritising the study of african history

As he's announced as one of eight nominees of this year's LVMH Prize, South African designer Thebe Magugu discusses the importance of celebrating the untold possibilities of African design.
Amira Rasool
3.27.19
Fashion

south african designer rich mnisi questions concepts of masculinity

As the Soweto-born, Johannesburg city-based fashion designer shares his latest whimsical campaign, we discuss how his work explores his own queer identity alongside the past, present, and future of South Africa.
Steve Salter
10.12.17
Music

the a-z of south african music by faka

Stars of i-D’s new Mykki Blanco documentary, FAKA are musicians, performance artists, and activists who are helping to re-shape South African culture and identity. We got their unique insight into the essential elements of their nation’s music.
Francesca Dunn
10.6.17
LGBTQ

what is life like for a young, queer artist in south africa?

As we present our new documentary with Mykki Blanco, exploring South Africa’s creative, LGBTQI scene, get to know one of Johannesburg’s game-changing queer artists, Umlilo.
Ryan White
10.4.17
Music

little dragon explore queer south africa in their new video

Directed by Kristin Lee Moolman and styled by Ib Kamara, "Strobe Light" is a pastel-hued celebration of creating your own universe and expressing yourself to the full.
Frankie Dunn
7.19.17
Photography

capturing pantsulas, south africa’s vibrant street dancers decked out in dickies

Pantsula — an ecstatic dance form that interfaces with American music and Apartheid struggle — has developed in South African townships for over 50 years.
Emily Manning
1.31.17
Culture

photographer andile buka on unlearning everything you’re taught as a man

The Johannesburg local tells us why male photographers need to listen to women.
Wendy Syfret
12.5.16
Culture

zandile tisani’s johannesburg is an electric city and a haven for black artists

Across her short films and upcoming web series, Zandile is looking at evolving African identity, the echo of gentrification and how the rest of the world got South African street style all wrong.
Wendy Syfret
9.28.16
Music

video premiere: branko, 'let me go'

Joyride under the blue skies of Johannesburg as you learn some of the world's greatest dance moves.
Francesca Dunn
i-D Staff
1.21.16
Fashion

​dissecting the backlash against the skhothane

South Africa’s Skhothane are obsessed with consumption and designer goods, how is this different from every other subculture?
Matthew Whitehouse
6.25.15
Fashion

worn in: the johannesburg subculture that burns sneakers

For the first in our "Worn In" series, we travel to downtown Johannesburg, where for the Skhothanes, life is all about looking good and making money. As rival groups the Casa Novas and the Pro Italian Takers take it outside to the streets of Tembisa...
i-D Staff
6.23.15
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