Quarta Past is founded on the need to rebuild a consciously unified Black community, by capturing the lived experiences of young black people and rooting it to our heritage. Through this forum we interrogate our identity, celebrate our being and exchange ideas on self-preservation.

We have a mission to educate, liberate and empower the African child; with this platform being a premiere reference point for relevant content that speaks to our multi-idiomatic expressions of being.


  • The “i” in small caps in our articles is a conscious imagery of not being bigger than the group.. The Cartesian principle “I think therefore I am,” differs from the Afrikan principle of community, ”i am because we are and since we are, therefore i am.”
  • The framing in our name is by renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu

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Thulasizwe Somdyala


Large Blog ImageEditor: Thulasizwe Somdyala

e-mail: thulasizwe.s@quartapast.co.za

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ian           Co-editor: Ian Mangenga

           e-mail: ian.m@quartapast.co.za

           twitter: @TheNomzamoClub