“There is nothing like art—in the oppressors sense of art. There is only movement. Force… Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancers muscles.” – Keorapetse William Kgositsile
IN THE CHRONIC ONLINE: FOOTBALL, POLITICS & SEIZING POWER
ON PASS: THIS WAY WE SALUTE YOU
We give thanks to Keorapetse William Kgositsile (19 September 1938 – 3 January 2018).
Jazz was crucial to Kgositsile‘s sense of a worldwide African diaspora united by an ear for a black sound. Here he pays tribute to musician, composer , painter and friend Johnny Mbizo Dyani.
On Friday 19 January 2018, we gathered in the Chimurenga/PASS radio studio in Cape Town to salute his life and work. The session is hosted by Uhuru Phalafala and Bongani Kona and features contributions by Harry Garuba, Karen Press, and Julie Nxadi.
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FROM THE CHIMURENGA LIBRARY: WHO KILLED KABILA
The equation is simple: the length of a Congolese president’s reign is proportional to his/her willingness to honour the principle that the resources of the Congo belong to others. Mzee Kabila failed.
Who killed Kabila is no mystery either. It is not A or B or C. But rather A and B and C. All options are both true and necessary – it’s the coming together of all these individuals, groups and circumstances, on one day, within the proliferating course of the history, that does it.
From December 13 – 17, 2017, Chimurenga installed a library of books, films, and visual material mapping extensive research that ask Who Killed Kabila, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. This book catalogues all the research material produced and collected for this installation.
The catalogue is now available for sale in the Chimurenga shop.
Variations on the Beautiful in the Congolese World of Sounds by Achille Mbembe; Rumblin’ By Dominique Malaquais; Somewhere between a scream and a lullaby with Faustin Linyekula.
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.
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.