• Johannesburg's Maboneng Precinct with Simon Rentner

    May 3, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Our celebration of global jazz all May continues with more from my recent trip to South Africa. In this second report for The WBGO Journal, I investigate urban renewal in Johannesburg's Maboneng Precinct.

    Once a notoriously dangerous part of the city's bustling Central Business District, Maboneng now a playground and living space for some of the country's top artists.

    Click here to hear my first report for The WBGO Journal, on the Capetown Jazz Festival.

    Maboneng Graffiti

    There are over 100 murals of Graffiti Art throughout the Maboneng Precinct.

    Arts on Main

    The flagship development of the Maboneng Precinct is Arts on Main.  This courtyard hosts their very fashionable Sunday Market.

    The Museum of African Design

    This October, the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng opens to the public. The museum is currently showcasing this private show of works described "braille astronomy."

    The Museum of African Design Part II

    Skateboard Ramp and Graffiti Wall

    Skateboarding is very popular in Johannesburg.  This ramp is installed on the main avenue of the Maboneng Precinct in effort to "activate" the streets and welcome kids from the surrounding poor neighborhoods.

    Remed's View Mural

    The murals and special commissions of public art throughout the precinct are impressive, including this work by the French artist Remed.  This painting is featured on an under-construction building for low-income students called Remed's View.

    For more of my South African arts coverage, click here for a recap of the 14th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.  And here's my article about five South African swing artists every jazz lover should know.

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