by Thembisile Dzonzi In a community where listening to music is prohibited, the melodic sounds of the nasheed genre are a popular alternative in Islamic households. However, even in this religious genre of Islamic praise music there are contending views as to what is halaal and what is haram. Seductive, explicit, harmful, shameless, vulgar, promotes […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Tanisha Heiberg There are many hair salons in Fordsburg that are all competing for customers, but with the increase in foreign-owned businesses and the changes seen in Fordsburg all the old barbershops have closed, except for one. Every day Chhagan Cgopal takes the familiar 30-minute journey from his bus stop at the heart of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Valerie Robinson The neighbourhood of Fordsburg, west of the Johannesburg city centre, is a place of history and a wide diversity of cultures. But is there such a thing as a unique “Fordsburg Style”? Aneesa Omar leans against the counter in her store in Fordsburg. A beautiful, bright head scarf frames her face, complementing […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
By Katleho Sekhotho Once it was the crown jewel of movie culture in Fordsburg. Today it has been born again as an icon of a different kind. This is the story of the Majestic, the old, former movie house that becomes a lively, rousing church on Sundays. The young women walk in and out of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Anlerie de Wet According to crime statistics, the Fordsburg and Mayfair areas are two of the safest foreign-inhabited areas in Johannesburg. The Muslims in the area, which is increasing yearly, believe it is because of their peaceful nature. Can this be true? Mayfair and Fordsburg have become places where refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from […]Continue Reading... No Comments.