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GQ South Africa November 2018

GQ South Africa is the first and last word on men's style. With access to some of the world's top photographers and writers, GQ offers professional men content that is entertaining and enlightening. Whether it's fashion, tech, business, Hollywood or investigative journalism, GQ covers it all with intelligence and imagination.

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English
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Content Nation Media (Pty) Ltd
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the real thing

IN THE LATE ’90S, after they saw the huge commercial success that Jive was gaining with a young woman by the name of Britney Spears leading its roster, most record labels sought to create their own superstar who blended elements of R&B with bubblegum pop sounds. Everyone wanted a pop star who could sing well (although that part was negotiable) and deliver a sexy girl-next-door vibe. That set the stage for popsuperstardom for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Anastasia, Pink, and even a raft of semi-religious singers trying to capitalise on the same sound (remember Stacie Orrico?) And so the majority of their debut albums sounded more or less the same – synthheavy pop anthems, big piano ballads, and a whole lot of sitars. After a few years and way too many…

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contributors

PAUL SAMUELS PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Samuels was born in Jo’burg in 1989. After high school, he completed a BA in Fine Arts at Wits. Samuels works mostly with portraiture, as he believes it best expresses individual and societal interests. His images explore identity and belonging within subcultures. He looks at the ways in which people present themselves, and how his photographs can tell the stories of young people in Africa today. KARL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHER Karl Rogers is super skilled when he shoots solo but throw him a crisis and the GQ team to work with, and that’s when you’ll really see the magic happen. You’ll see them at their best when they’ve lost all backdrops in a storm, yet they manage to make a plan, or when they create smoke without a smoke machine and the…

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the hit list

• Local hip-hop star Tellaman’s new album God Decides is dropping this month. Featuring collaborations with the likes of Shekhinah and Nasty C, as well as Nigerian artist Tay Iwar, it’s his most personal to date. The exhibition Take a tour through a century of South African art at Sanlam’s Centennial exhibition. From Kentridge’s eerily abandoned Stadium to the #RhodesMustFall reference behind Mudariki’s The Model, curator Stefan Hundt has compiled a unique showcase of the nation’s history and transformation. The exhibition can be viewed from 5 September to 14 December at the Sanlam Art Lounge in Sandton, Johannesburg. Guided tours available by appointment. The travel essential Lufthansa is taking in-flight travel kits to new heights with its first-class offering. A practical organiser, the Windsor bag’s classic design means you’ll definitely want to re-use it in…

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the beauty of blend

• IN A MARRIAGE between Italian luxury clothing house Fendi and German premium luggage manufacturer Rimowa, comes a limited-edition suitcase that travel dreams are made of. The collaboration sees the iconic aluminium bag lightly inscribed with the ‘FF’ logo, handles and tags made of Roman leather, and finally, finished off with a Fendi-branded security strap in either yellow, red or blue. Blends make the world more interesting. Tullamore D.E.W. brings together three kinds of Irish whiskey for a blend that’s as wonderfully complex as you are. Learn more at tullamoredew.com*…

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her story in the making

• ‘I DON’T REMEMBER EVER SAYING that I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer,’ Nadia Nakai says. And in music she definitely belongs. Nakai has grown into a force to be reckoned with, both as a an individual and an artist. She credits all that she is to her mother, who was a strong support system and great influence growing up. ‘I was raised to be an independent and God-fearing woman with strong values.’ But is hip-hop a good place to be, considering how its infamous for degrading women? Nakai says this question resonates deeply with her, because hip-hop has always been a misogynistic culture. ‘It’s good that I’m in the industry so that I can represent women instead of men telling us what they think women are all…

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reason

GQ: You’ve never been afraid to challenge trends – and haven’t been afraid of being seen as ‘failing to keep up’. Do you think musicians today, particularly in hip-hop, are focusing more on the competition than the artistry? Reason: Today’s era is based on feeling in; there is a certain level of jewellery one needs to have, car one has to drive and clothes one has to wear to be considered a superstar. Even your videos has to look a certain way, in order for you to fit in. And unfortunately – or fortunately – for me I don’t come from that era, I come from an era that is purely based on you wanting to enhance the best sides of you as an individual. There was a time where you could…

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