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I travelled the country from one corner to the other: Cameroon in Cape Town, Ghana in Johannesburg, Nigeria in Bloemfontein and Côte d’Ivoire in Nelspruit. One defeat after another… I have not written a word about African football since.

Deji Bryce Olukotun explains Why Ethiopia won the World Cup in 2034 by recalling the arc of history-in-the-making that results in a meteoric rise in the fortunes of Ethiopia and more pertinently, its national football squad.
Lidudumalingani Mqombothi revisits the football matches of his childhood, when radio, not television, was most people’s ticket to the beautiful game. But a radio was not the only requirement for a full experience – an active imagination and an attentive ear were integral to engaging in the virtuosity of the audio commentary, perfecting The Art of Suspense.
Lolade Adewuyi profiles one of the continent’s most successful football coaches – the Big Boss, as he is widely referred to – and considers the arguments for more faith, more respect and more investment in the abilities of home-grown trainers, who have long been Ready, Willing, Able.

In The Invention of African Football, Moses März documents his fleeting orbit of the “African” football scene, from the Afcon 2008 tourney in Ghana to Angola in 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup extravaganza further south. All in all it was brief, expensive, stereotypically Eurocentric and big on defeat.
As footballers and coaches typically spiel, it’s a game of two halves. For the first 45-min, Shina Oludari gives a brief history of women’s football on the continent, revealing that despite the overwhelming favour afforded to the beautiful game and its star male players, African women have put foot on the pitches and proven that passion and skill trump gender. After the half time entertainment, we hear from two Banyana Banyana stars with a match-winning photographic assist from Jabulani Dhlamini.
A line-up of football stories wouldn’t be complete without Simon Kuper. Nothing but… Grobbelaar is a change of formation from his Nothing But… column, in which we pass back to Kaapstad for a beer-fuelled encounter with Mr Spaghetti Legs, Bruce Grobbelaar.

 

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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.

Corpse Exhibition and Older Graphic Stories

 

The Forest and The Zoo Lives On

Under the direction of composer/trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, some of Johannesburg’s leading jazz musicians explore themes such as history, exile and memory in their tribute to the freedom and prolific musical imagination of South African jazz legends, the Blue Notes.

 

Ten Unrepentant Songs for Comrade Thabo

DJ Ntone mixes ten unrepentant songs in the spirit of undefeatinatitude for Comrade Thabo. Tragic and celebratory. A radical challenge to political power, in defence of intelligence, memory and spirit.

 

Phenomenal Women

Legendary DJ, music historian and teacher Andy Williams spans multiple genres – funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, afro, latin, broken, boogi – to pay tribute to ‘Phenomenal Woman’ — past and present, historical, imagined, mythological, fabulist, and fabulous.