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Quite how food becomes a love potion is not an easy subject matter. The facts are arcane, yet implicitly understood. There are unspoken rules that govern the matter…

 

In You Can’t Get Lost in the Samoosa Triangle, (the socio-geographic area encompassed by Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town) Rustum Kozain gives form to an experiential road-map of South Asian food and cooking in the Cape.
Yemisi Aribisala lives in Cross River State, where the scent of fish is all-pervasive and the aphrodisiac is as much in the cooking as in the eating. In Fish Soup as Love Potions, she deconstructs the interlocks of food and sex, fish and pheramones.
The cookbooks and recipes in brinjals, produced as part of a book-length poem by writer and translator Cullen Goldblatt, trace contested histories of violence, repression, (silent) resistance and healing.

In The Pharoah’s New ClothesSophia Azeb rejects Léopold Sédar Senghor – the Poet-President’s – dichotomy of Negritude/Arabicite through an examination of Cairo-based magazine Lotus: Afro-Asian Writings as a tool and symbol of cultural ideology dissemination.
Wendell Hassan Marsh follows the route taken by Islam between Françafrique and Afrabia, a geo-political conflation, so named by Ali Mazrui, which imagines the whole of Africa and the whole of the Arab world as two regions in the process of merging into one.
Hassan Musa introduces artist and teacher Ibrahim El-Salahi – The Wise Enemy and his aesthetic principles based on hybridity of Arab-Islamic cultural components and elements of African culture that preceded the advent of Islam in Sudan.

 

 

The latest issue of the Chronic, explores ideas around mythscience, science fiction and graphic storytelling. Like previous editions of the Chronic, this edition is borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently – beyond the dogma of growth and development and the endless stream of future projections released by organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.

In opposition to the idea of the future as progress – a linear march through time – we propose a sense of time is innately human: “it’s time” when everyone gets there. We invited artists to produce graphic adaptations of stories that speak of everyday complexities in the world in which we live, in which we imagine we will live and in which we want to live.

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More, More, More… Future

Infusing the hybrid rhythms of Ndombolo music with hefty doses of punk rage and cosmic energy, Kisangani (DRC) based dance collective Studio Kabako deliver a pre-Sputnik space travelogue into the unknown.

 

Boima’s PMS Minimix

Forget Diplo and Dilla. Chief Boima bounces the border patrols to bring you as panglobal sex-money-power pileup that engages the complex economic , physical and intellectual flows between Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

 

Visions of Kamerun

Visions of Kamerun sees Franck Biyong and his Massak crew navigate the psycho-geography, history and dreams of Cameroon, as well as the roots, passages and slipstreams that link it to Europe.