Pain awakens joy, jubilation in the chest rips out cries of agony. From the most sublime joy echoes the cry of horror or the longingly plaintive lament over an irreparable loss. Such is beauty.”

 In Variations on the Beautiful in the Congolese World of Sounds Achille Mbembe listens to the raging desire not only for existence, but more importantly for joy in Congolese music.
In a city where the boundaries between life and death are laid bare, artists are birthing new spaces for dreaming ‘other ways of breathing’. Stacy Hardy reports from Kinshasa.
In the multidisciplinary lifework of Bebson Elemba, Eléonore Hellio discovers the mind and matter that inspire ‘ephemiral architectures’, radical folklore and emancipation from the post-colonial present.

Who Killed Kabila?

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks Who Killed Kabila?, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination.

Participants include Dominique Malaquais, Parselelo KantaiYvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Victor Gama, Lulendo Mvulu, Déo Namujimbo, Jihan El-Tahri, Bintou Simpore, Franck Biyong, Ray Lema, Spilulu, Arnaud Zaitjman, Julie Peghini, Sinzo Aanza, Boddhi Satva, Abdourahman Waberi, Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, Sam Tshintu & Academia, Emmanuel Nashi, and more more more…future.

If you’re in Paris, please join us. Or listen online. Visit http://panafricanspacestation.org.za for detailed daily listings and live broadcasts.

« Ce pays danse et broute les feuilles vertes des zaïres. Cette ville respire comme un cœur de bœuf. Elle commence à venir au monde. En retard, mais au galop, elle vient. Kin-Kiese.» Sony Labou Tansi, Le sexe de Matonge
In which land and inhabitants are held hostage by the whores of capitalist extraction, Sinzo Aanza* constructs a different reading and decries the unearthing of pan Africanism in “a mining universe that never took heed of it”.
In the heart of Kinshasa,  Muhammad Ali and George Foreman will face off in ‘The Match of the Century’. Dominique Malaquais goes Rumblin’

La Musique Moderne Congolaise

For the Pan African Space Station (PASS), Binetou Sylla — DJ, producer and Syllart label-boss — curated a series of shows focused on Congolese rumba and its offshoots. This episode includes music from Nico, Franco, and Tabu Ley.

Ray Lema visits the Pan African Space Station to share his knowledge of Congolese music and a career that has taken him from Kinshasa-Washington DC-Paris, Gérard Kazembe’s orchestra, playing with Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Joseph Kabassele, as well as leading a variety of his own bands.

Tribute to Franco with Faustin Linyekula and Jose Pereelanga – LIVE at O.B.A., Amsterdam

The Invention of Africa by Franco & T.P.O.K. Jazz – Ntone

No Congo, No Technology 

Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi makes arts from “junk technology” to question networks of unequal trade, low-wage labour, and ecological catastrophe. He talks to us from Tomorrows/Today, a group exhibition at Cape Town Art Fair, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, and featuring 10 young artists from Africa and the diaspora.

Also: “In his series of photographs entitled Mémoire, Sammy Baloji links black and white photographs from Belgian colonial times with contemporary pictures of the mining town Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kin la belle / Kin la poubelle


Dominique Malaquais re-maps the imag(in)ed city with Méga Mingiedi.

Kin La Belle

Yvonne Owuor takes a pilgrimage to Kin La Belle and finds a language born out of music and spoken in microtones, so that the entire gamut of human emotion is given a voice

Urbanism beyond Architecture

Filip de Boeck and Abdou Maliq Simone discuss Kinshasa’s Invisible City and other African cities.

In our latest edition: 








As we put food back on the table; asking how we write ourselves and our lives through food, beyond ideas of scarcity, this issue also explores global geopolitics as they are expressed through money exchanges. Additionally, we continue our investigation into higher education across the continent. 

With contributions from Harmony Holiday, Yemisi Aribisala, Kodwo Eshun, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and more.

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Other Chimurenga Publications: 


A pavement literature project consisting of serialized monographs.


a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.


 A Biennial publication that challenges the depiction of urban life – redefines cityness, Africa-style.