SAM MATHE is the winner of the Literary Journalism Award (2018/2019) at the South African Literary Awards for his contribution in the literary and broader arts, culture and heritage sectors. A writer, literary critic, cultural historian and publisher, his journalism career started in 1994 at the now defunct PACE magazine. He then joined Drum and later Sunday Sun as a senior writer. Since then his articles have been published in various South African media titles including The Cape Argus, Rapport, Mail & Guardian, Sowetan, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and Afropolitan – which he edited for three years. Mathe is a Mondi Paper Magazine Award finalist (1996). He is also a recipient of the Platinum Award (2007), bestowed by the music industry of Swaziland for his support of the gospel scene in that country. He is a founding editor and publisher of Jazz Life Magazine as well as contributing author of South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs (MME Media/GIBS, 2010) and Brenda Fassie: I Am Not Your Weekend Special (Picador Africa, 2014), Joburg Noir (Jacana, 2020) and the soon- to-be released Culture and Liberation in South Africa. (Ssali Publishing). He publishes regular arts features in the Sowetan, Sunday Times and The Daily Maverick.