Bongani Madondo is a cultural theorist, race matters critic, public arts curator, and journalist by training.The author most recently of Sigh, the Beloved County: Rock n Roll & Other Stories,a collection of memoirs, travelogues, long form narrative and essays on subjects as diverse as Faith &God, African Punk and rock roots, the concept of Black Magic,Race Matters and Music. His books includes Hot Type: Artists, Icons & God-Figurines, portraits on African iconic figures in the cultural sphere (2007), which was awarded the Africa selection and won him a Fellowship at the Katzen Centre for the Arts at The American University, Washington DC, and I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie (2014), which he conceptualised, contributed to and edited. All three of his books were published by Picador Africa (Pan MacMillan SA). Bongani has contributed to publications including the New York Times, Transition magazine, and Rolling Stone. He joins WiSER in 2017 as an Honorary Research Fellow and will also be to pursuing at PhD at the Institute.