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Name: Jamal N.

City: Johannesburg, South Africa

Jamal is a multi-disciplinary artist most concerned with contemporary African culture.


After completing a degree in fashion he moved to London where he gained international experience at The Ethical Fashion Forum, The Super Super and Dazed and Confused. During his travels Jamal picked up a camera and started shooting images for his blog, which would later become a visual diary, giving an account of life in urban South Africa.


After two years abroad, Jamal moved back to Johannesburg where he has blossomed as a creative, working as fashion editor of arts&culture quarterly Mahala, styling music videos for hip-new artists such as Spoek Mathambo and curating events at the forefront of downtown Johannesburg’s burgeoning art scene.


Discontent with the lack of a media platform for alternative youth culture in Johannesburg, Jamal co-founded a web magazine called Cuss, in which he works as creative director, collaborating with a range of artists to produce content that celebrates the diversity of sub culture in and around the city.


Having recently opened his first solo exhibition, Jamal now aims to continue producing art and contributing to the continued development of a South African aesthetic in the arts.


posts by this scout:

Durban’s taxi culture, an audiovisual expression

(Feb 03, 2012) Shakira and Freshly Ground’s 2010 soccer world cup track “Waka Waka” is not what I expected to be used as the s...

Mzansi Magic, a boost for local film and TV

(Feb 03, 2012) It’s been just over a year since M-Net and DSTV launched Mzansi Magic. In that time the channel has impressed me, especiall...

Exposing African pop culture

(Feb 03, 2012) Chris Saunders has covered some of the most significant pop culture emerging out of South Africa in recent times. His work has do...

Christmas on Good Sundae

(Feb 03, 2012) I don’t think there is a better place to host a sundowners party than in the sub-tropical city of Durban. Situated on the ...

Big Fkn Gun, set for big release in 2012

(Feb 03, 2012) Big Fkn Gun has exploded onto the scene this year with the release of two singles from their upcoming Ep titled “Pop Models...

Jo’Burg style wars

(Feb 03, 2012) Izikhotane Crew at Thokoza Park, Soweto Izikhotane is a developing subculture emerging from Johannesburg’s East Rand. The mo...

Kanye West is introduced to the world of the “Celebrity Designer”

(Dec 20, 2011) Kanye West has received a tremendous amount of flack for his debut collection at Paris fashion week. Showing a womenswear collect...

Red Bull taps into local culture

(Dec 20, 2011) I have always associated Red Bull with energy drinks and extreme sport. It is only more recently that I have discovered just how ...

Rolling Stone launches in South Africa

(Dec 20, 2011) The first issue of Rolling Stone South Africa Rolling Stone launched in South Africa with the national distribution of the countri...

Athi-Patra Ruga debuts in New York

(Dec 20, 2011) "Ilulwana", performance in New York Athi-Patra Ruga is one of South Africa’s most renowned performance artists. H...

Zara opens first store in South Africa

(Dec 19, 2011) The tills rung and the champagne flowed well into the night, as media, celebrities and fashionista’s celebrated the openin...

Nigeria dominates the Channel O Music Video Awards

(Dec 19, 2011) Lira - Most Gifted Female Award Some of Africa’s top musicians gathered in Johannesburg last weekend for the annual Channel ...

Africa shafted: under one roof

(Dec 19, 2011) This month’s film at Atlas Studios first Wednesday film club concluded with the longest and most sincere round of applause ...

Mobile internet is providing access for the youth

(Dec 19, 2011) New mobile data packages are providing young South African’s with the most practical means to connect to the internet. Som...

Ozwald Boateng: his fashion award and latest campaign in South Africa

(Nov 15, 2011) Designer and Saville Row tailor Ozwald Boateng was in South Africa last week to receive an AFI (Africa Fashion International) awa...

The State of Violence

(Nov 15, 2011) Acclaimed South African film, State of Violence opens in theaters across the country after showing  at the Durban, Dubai and Toro...

Bhubesii is back

(Nov 14, 2011) Johannesburg based rapper Bhubesii re-introduced himself earlier this year with the release of a mixtape titled Starring As Himsel...

Kirsten may just be what the Proteas need

(Nov 14, 2011) Hashim Amla, Gary Kirsten, AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith The South African cricket team (Proteas) have a tough task this summer ...

Developing a Streetwear Vocabulary

(Oct 20, 2011) Images from 2Bop Lookbook 2011 Cape Town based streetwear label 2Bop (Two Bop) made quite a stir with the release of their printe...

The Elle New Talent – Sustainability, the Cost of Creativity?

(Oct 19, 2011) Four years ago, Mr Price, “South Africa’s top value fashion retailer” partnered up with Elle South Africa to be...

Triple O – “Young Funny”

(Oct 14, 2011) The local film industry seems to be experiencing a revival as young practitioners are coming together to produce independent film...

Can the Springboks defend their title?

(Oct 07, 2011) Francois Hougaard scoring his match winning try against Wales The Springboks (South African rugby team) are one of only two team...

Gem of Jo’Burg Mall

(Oct 06, 2011) View from balcony onto Jeppe street On the top floor of Jo’burg Mall Jeppe street, Bersufekad, an Ethiopian restaurant spills ou...

Theophilus London is Coming to South Africa

(Oct 06, 2011) Facebook and Twitter have been abuzz with the anticipation of New York rapper Theophilus London’s arrival in South Africa. L...

The explosive sound of Jonny Joburg and The Spazashop Boyz

(Oct 05, 2011) Jonny Joburg and the Spazashop Boyz certainly know how to get people talking. News of their upcoming album was revealed on twitte...

Viva African Film, Viva!

(Oct 05, 2011) Award winning African film, Viva Riva was screened as part of Atlas Studios First Wednesday Film Club (FWFC) in Milpark last nigh...

Designing a New Model

(Oct 04, 2011) installation view at David West " Weekend Special" Since launching his label in 1998 David West has built up a reputatio...

International Pantsula

(Oct 03, 2011) A South African dance known as isiPantsula (Pantsula dance) was recently broadcast to the world, when Beyonce featured Mozambica...

Pending Local

(Aug 18, 2011) Since its launch in February 2011, Johannesburg’s experimental online-magazine Cuss, has evolved with every issue. From its ...

The School of Fish

(Aug 17, 2011) Dj Fish 100% Ayoba The anomaly that is Dj Fish recently dropped a dvd with a compilation of tracks from his fifth album 100% Ayob...

The Accidental King of Kwaito

(Aug 17, 2011) Guardian journalist, Melissa Bradshaw’s article titled, “How Kwaito became a global force” has been the subjec...

Nike – Where Technology Informs Aesthetics

(Aug 17, 2011) Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT1_1 = { params : { wmode : "opaque", allowscriptaccess : "a...

Thesis – The Gateway to Youth Culture in Soweto

(Aug 16, 2011) Tumi and the Volume performing at the Thesis Social Jam The Thesis Social Jam has become somewhat of an institution, perhaps more ...

Vintage Fashion At the End of the Line

(Aug 16, 2011) "The Piles" secondhand clothing market on De Villiers st Johannesburg Johannesburg is a city obsessed with fashion altho...

Culture TV – A Head Above the Rest

(Jul 21, 2011) In a country as culturally diverse (and divided) as South Africa – SABC1’s Head Wrap is appropriately taking a holist...

Illuminating the Stevenson Gallery

(Jul 20, 2011) Palesa Monakale, Buitenkant Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 2011 With galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town the Stevenson gallery i...

Clive Rundle: About Memory

(Jul 19, 2011) Clive Rundle is undoubtedly South Africa’s premiere couturier! In a career spanning over 20 years, Rundle has established a ...

Umuzi Photo Club – Expression For Life

(Jul 18, 2011) "Sunday Baptism" by Petunia Magwaza, grade 8, Diepsloot Like most blogs I follow, Umuzi Photo Club publishes photograph...

Keying In a New Vision

(Jun 21, 2011) Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT2_2 = { params : { wmode : "opaque", allowscriptaccess : "a...

Escape Into The Music Lounge

(Jun 20, 2011) Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT3_3 = { params : { wmode : "opaque", allowscriptaccess : "a...

Monkeys Tigers and Steaming Jungles

(Jun 14, 2011) Monkeys Tigers and Steaming Jungles is an experimental-music project conceived by South African vocalist Portia Malunga-Rowling, w...

The Maboneng Precinct – A City In Transition

(Jun 06, 2011) The Maboneng Precinct and Johannesburg City Centre With an abundance of empty buildings and warehouse spaces, the Maboneng precin...