Episode 004 – Dr VVO Mkhize: The Abalozi, the Spiritualist and the Teacher

An episode of cltrSHIFT

By Culture Shift
Delving into different cultures, mythos, traditional beliefs, histories, creative arts, identities and traditions of groups of people to shift perceptions and reveal our individuality as well as our collective humanity.
Episode 012 - Holly Wasserfall: The Singer, the Songwriter and the Afro House Artist
We visited Afro house artist, Holly Wasserfall (aka Holly Rey), and spoke about juggling her studies and career, the music emerging from the bedroom studios of Umlazi, and her latest single, “Deeper”, rising in the charts. For more information on this episode visit
July 31, 2018
Episode 011 - Heather Clark: The Sheppie Local, the Surf Champ and the Coach
We drove down the South Coast and spoke with South Africa’s most decorated woman surfer, Heather Clark. As South Africa’s most decorated women surfer, Heather has reached many proud milestones in her career, one of which, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, has yet to be achieved by a South African man. For more information on this episode visit
July 10, 2018
Episode 010 - Janna Jihad: The 12 Year Old, the Activist and the Journalist
We got to talk with 12 year old journalist Janna Jihad, who has faced up to armed soldiers on the West Bank, about her reporting on the occupation of her town by Israeli forces. For more information on this episode visit
July 3, 2018
Episode 009 - Gary van Wieringen: The South Coast Local, the Surfer and the Shaper
We visited surfer Gary van Wieringen in his shaping room to talk growing up surfing on the south coast and how repairing surfboards got him into the precision art of shaping. For more information on this episode visit
June 19, 2018
Episode 008 - Terence Simon: The Isipingo Local, the Surfer and the Combi
We spoke with Isipingo local, Terence Simon, about surfing in the 70s and 80s and trying to catch waves during apartheid. For more information on this episode visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 007 - David Birch: The Punk Rocker, the Long Pig and the Composer
We sat down with musician David Birch, who took us through his early punk rock days in the UK and touring; to landing on Durban soil in '91, staying permanently...and making a success of it. From The Vibrators to Squeal, we covered it all. For more information on this episode visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 006 - James Murua: The Blogger, the Journalist and the Literatus
We meet James Murua, a blogger, journalist, editor and columnist from Nairobi, Kenya visiting Durban’s humid shores. As one of the few bloggers covering the African literary scene so comprehensively I wanted to take the opportunity of James’ visit, attending and being a panelist at the Time of the Writer - to pick his brain about what’s happening out there and which authors we should be watching. For more information on this episode visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 005 - Grant Twig Baker: The Twig, the Big Wave Chaser and the Family Man
We continue our dabbling into surf culture and if ever there was a subculture within a subculture it’s the big wave riders of the world. We got the opportunity to sit down with Durban's two time Big Wave surf champ, Grant "Twiggy" Baker, to talk family life, chasing cold winter waters, and surviving 60 foot waves. For more information on this episode visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 004 – Dr VVO Mkhize: The Abalozi, the Spiritualist and the Teacher
We’re mixing things up a bit and feature a lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where we get into even more layers of African Divination with Dr VVO Mkhize. See the bonus episode in the podcast list for the full 2 hour lecture including the Q&A. For more information on this episode and the full lecture (including the Q&A), visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 003 – Elliot Ndlovu: The Inyanga, the Sangoma and the Herbalist
In our ongoing quest to find out more about Zulu traditional beliefs, we meet Elliot Ndlovu, a sangoma, inyanga and herbalist. We took a trip to his farm outside Mooiriver in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands where he showed us his vast collection of medicinal plants, and explained his ukuthwasa (initiation) process where he was given this vital knowledge from his ancestors. For more information on this episode, visit
June 12, 2018
Episode 002 - Graeme Bird: The Brew, the Barrels, and Flipping the Bird
In this episode we head to the beach with a brew in hand. Ok so we didn’t quite get to the beach, or have a brew, but we did talk a lot about both. We contacted one of the founding members of Poison City Brewing, Graeme Bird, to find out what, why, and how they decided to use Durban surf culture to base a brand on. [EXPLICIT CONTENT] For more information on this episode, visit -
June 12, 2018
Episode 001 – Gugu Mkhize: The Linguist, the Cosmology and Zulu Traditional Beliefs
In our first episode we scratch the surface of isiZulu linguistics, Zulu cosmology, myths and traditional beliefs with Gugu Mkhize. Gugu Mkhize is a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the isiZulu department focusing on linguistics, traditional beliefs and Zulu cosmology and myths. Gugu and Stephen sat down, on two separate occasions, for over an hour each time, with Gugu sharing what she could in that time together. And what she knows is a lot! These are topics that Culture Shift is going to revisit many times, but this is where we start. For more information on this episode, visit
June 12, 2018
Introduction to Culture Shift
What is Culture Shift? Find out more about how Culture Shift came about, what the objectives are, and where we are going.
June 12, 2018
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