The letter is a site of close encounter – cataloguing those articulations of inner selves meant for others’ consumption. Letters deliver us to the conscious memories and imaginings of the hands which script them, permitting – or insisting – that these become, (Y)ours Sincerely.
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.
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.
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.
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.