This is the music that once best captured the national mood at key turns in Zimbabwe’s history, from the euphoric early years to the economic and political struggles of latter years,” – Ranga Mberi on Sungura stories.
THE INVENTION OF ZIMBABWE
Bernard Matambo returns to the moment of Mugabe’s deposition to grasp the intrigues of factional politics within ZANU PF, while Simbarashe Mumera reveals how South African retailers continue to make a profit from Zimbabwe’s ongoing economic crisis.
The story of politics and economics in Zimbabwe cannot be told without the music that has driven, documented and revolted against it: Ranga Mberi travels back in time to the heyday of sungura music, while Percy Zvomuya charts the groundations of Zimdancehall…
XIBAARU TEERE YI (Chronic Books)
What can African Writers Learn from Cheikh Anta Diop?
In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing. Ayesha Attah travels from Diop through Ayi Kwei Armah to explore the ‘shared continuity’ of African cultures, histories and philosophies.
Ibrahima Wane presents Kàddu, as the missing link between Diop, Senegalese political scientist Pathé Diagne and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Mamadou Diallo channels Carlos Moore to trace the secret history of the Black Bomb and Souleymane Bachir Diagne enters the den of the Alchemist.
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION: THANKS & PRAISE DR PHILIP TABANE (1934 – 2018)
The Dr was a giant. Immense in his power of inheritance, the fierceness of his autonomy, compassion and will to broaden the livable space. Nobody else had such a gift to encompass so many crossroads, to be so free and singular. Nobody else was as gracious, marvelously exploratory and influential, with branches and roots still expanding.
History is the science of the state, while memory is the art of the stateless.” – Wendell Hassan Marsh, ‘Re-Membering the Name of God’, The Chronic, New Cartographies, March 2015
The Chimurenga Library on Circulations explores the complexities of migration and the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of the imagination.
The Borderless Newspaper co-inhabits Palermo, Italy as a laboratory for the challenges of our time, looking for traces of possible futures, and tracing the disjunctive flows and circuits – the shaping power of colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected, random events, along with the fierce compulsions of greed, longing, and restlessness…
CHIMURENGA LIBRARY: WHO KILLED KABILA
From December 13 – 17, 2017, Chimurenga installed a library of books, films, and visual material mapping extensive research that ask or rather, state Who Killed Kabila, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. More on this project. The catalogue is now available for sale in the Chimurenga shop.
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.