Category: Entertainment News

Here’s the Thing by Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Here’s the Thing is Haji’s second work, which was released in May, and follows the successful Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa. There is no better way to describe this book other than in the words of Haji’s wife. She describes this work as an accumulation of Haji’s “unapologetic opinions, and the independence of mind that sets her apart from so many of her peers”. 

Bhakti Yoga Club hosts its first session

The motto of the day was “… Let us embrace the soul, which is situated at the centre, we are not physical, but we are spiritual beings…”, as the yoga instructor, Gita, would repeat them to emphasize the importance of being aware of not only the things around us but the things that make us who we are. Bhakti Yoga Club is a Up affiliated club that encourages the use of yoga and meditation as a method to connect with one’s inner self. The society held its very first session  at the green gardens by the Botany building at Hatfield campus where approximately  twenty members of the society came through and were eager to learn. As the saying goes, “quiet the mind and the soul will speak”. The first thing the instructor told everyone to do was to  sit in a position that allows the body to be relaxed and then to be aware of their breathing, which was really helpful in blocking the distractions and quietening the mind.
Different styles of yoga, such as Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga which consist of moving your body slowly and switching to different poses that help you become more flexible and balanced were taught to the members. These yoga styles are known to be very important for relieving stress and tension, they also help with anxiety which is something that most students deal with. After an hour of doing yoga and meditating, the African monk and guru, Bhakti Narashima Swami graced the session with his presence and he went deep into explaining the mantras and how they are important to keep the mind clear during meditation, he also explained the importance of prioritising your spiritual self so that you can also be physically healthy.
Photo: Cletus Mulaudi

Gaming the system

The COVID-19 pandemic saw an unprecedented rise in video gaming as a hobby, largely due to shelter-in-place orders, allowing for more people to invest their time and money into gaming while at home. South Africa is now the largest gaming market in Africa, with 24 million people regularly playing video games. In fact, the industry is on track to overtake the films and music as South Africa’s most popular forms of entertainment. Some of the most-played games are free-to-play online multiplayer games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As smartphone technology becomes more freely available, mobile gaming is also seeing a rise, since most games are free to play and cater to a casual audience. Video games are also taking over pop culture in other ways for example in 2021 Netflix released Arcane, a critically acclaimed animated series set in the world of League of Legends that has gained many fans who were previously not familiar with the game.

UP’s Inklings celebrate Shakespeare

On 11 and 12 May, the Inklings society took part in the Shakespeare Festival held at the National Children’s Theatre in Johannesburg. Thespians of all ages, including primary school students, high school students and adults, were invited to perform a piece from one of Shakespeare’s plays (or sonnets) in the following categories: monologue, duologue, and group scene.

Javett-UP presents: Yakhal’Inkomo art exhibition

The Javett-UP art center is a haven to many, especially the students at UP. It offers in-depth information through interdisciplinary journeys and stories of the arts. On 27 April (Freedom Day) PDBY visited Javett for the exhibition titled “Yakhal’Inkomo”, which can be translated to “Bellowing Bull’’. This collection by Bongi Dhlomo features pieces from other South African artists who were active in the same historical period (1960-1990). The title of the collection was borrowed from a song with the same title by Winston Mankunku Ngozi. This exhibition was curated by Lweendo Hamukoma and Puleng Art Plessie.

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All At Once lives up to its name as a mind-bending spectacle of a science fiction film that also manages to juggle universal themes of love, generational trauma and the potential that every person has to be their best self. It was possibly the most anticipated independent movie of the year when it was released overseas, with rave reviews coming in from all corners. Now that it has finally arrived in South Africa, it can officially be said that all the hype was well-deserved.

Picnic paradises

It is a rare commodity these days to get out and really soak up nature and all its glorious features. Nothing comes close to sitting on a blanket with your friends or that special person, or even by yourself with a book to keep you company, under a big tree, in the shade, with a view of pure nature and a light. So, without further ado, grab a blanket because it is time for a well-deserved picnic. Listed below are PDBY’s top eight places for a picnic outing.


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