Johannesburg

Photography

Inside South Africa's Backstreet BMW Doughie Scene

We spoke to photographer Ryan Cookson about how "spinning" evolved from a gangster tradition to an actual motorsport.
John Buckley
2.21.19
Culture

Roger Ballen's New Polaroid Photos Are Instant Nightmares

The famous photographer is as terrifying as ever in the first colour photos of his career.
Beckett Mufson
9.24.18
Interviews

Sho Madjozi is Changing the Trajectory of Rap Right Now

The 25-year-old South African artist is setting the globe alight with her bright, high-energy rap sound.
Daisy Jones
7.5.18
Photos

The Views from a Transcendent Afropunk Weekend in Johannesburg

Over New Year's weekend, the festival landed at a former women's prison in South Africa's biggest city. Photographer Shan Wallace and Noisey's Lawrence Burney saw it all.
Lawrence Burney
1.8.18
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Rival Consoles Pays Homage to the Legacy of Minimalist Composition with Striking New Single

"Johannesburg" is off the artist's forthcoming mini-album on Erased Tapes, 'Night Melody.'
Alexander Iadarola
7.26.16
Fashion

Exploring the Demise of Skhothane, the Controversial Subculture Destroyed By the Media

Spawned in the townships of Johannesburg, skhothane revolved around garish displays of wealth – but when the media began to film kids burning their cash and clothes, the subculture imploded in on itself.
Alice Inggs and Karl Kemp
1.5.16
Skateboarding

Skateboarding for Change (and Gender Equality) in South Africa

Skateistan has opened its latest chapter in Johannesburg, hoping to provide an escape for young South Africans, especially girls, in a city and a country with the highest rates of murder and domestic violence in the world.
Mary Catherine O'Connor
12.14.15
Photo

Controversial Photographer Roger Ballen Shoots the Fringes of South African Society

People who catch cats and sell them to witch doctors, people who chop up things with an axe because they were brutally attacked with an axe.
Daisy Jones
4.7.15
Stuff

Artist Paul McCarthy Designed Surreal Skate Decks for Charity

The absurdist artist collaborated with nonprofit Skateistan to sell his work in order to raise money for Africa's first skate school.
Zach Sokol
3.10.15
Words

PREMIERE: Black Coffee's Freshly Brewed Single "I Will Find You"

South Africa's celebrated house producer returns with a new single and album.
THUMP Staff
10.21.14
Art

Street Artists Are Fighting South African Housing Corruption With Pink Splashes Of Paint

Street artist Yazmany Arboleta is calling attention to the decrepit housing conditions and fraudulent landlords in Johannesburg with coats of hot pink.
Beckett Mufson
9.9.14
VICE News

South Africa's Illegal Gold Mines

The extensive underground network has become an arena for deadly gang warfare.
VICE Staff
4.2.14
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