“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


Kangsen Wakai tracks football, national identity, politics and power through George Weah‘s journey from Monrovia, through a little-known stint with Cameroon’s TKC, to the summit of world football, and finally the presidency of his country.
Football Can Not Go Faster Than Politics. Football has always been political for those struggling against oppression. But, as Sophia Azeb argues, the continuing relevance of the game to politics needs to be contextualised.
If you want to see the African Game go to a stadium Knox Robinson  writes of the relationship between player and space – from Diouf and Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar to Drogba and Houphouet Boigny airport in Abidjan.

“We can say that football itself is an art. But… my beauty could easily be your ugliness…” Achille Mbembe talks with Lilian Thuram before tackling that “master of bling” Samuel Eto’o.
Poverty is Older than Opulence: maverick filmmaker, Emir Kusturica talks with Diego Maradona, the best player EVER and the subject of Kusturica’s documentary about Bush Jr, Castro, John Paul II and the poor of Argentina.
Grant Farred deconstructs Zidane’s world-stopping head butt. Philippe Parreno  with Cyril Neyrat on Zidane, a 21st century portrait. And Zidane’s Melancholy by Jean-Philippe Toussaint.


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.

From the archive: read Kgositsile on culture and resistance and on crossing borders without leaving after returning from exile.

  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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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.

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PASS: The Invention of Africa by Franco & T.P.O.K. Jazz – Ntone; Kinshasa au bord present – Kongo Astronauts; Tribute to Franco with Faustin Linyekula and Jose Pereelanga.



Variations on the Beautiful in the Congolese World of Sounds by Achille Mbembe; RumblinBy Dominique Malaquais; Somewhere between a scream and a lullaby with Faustin Linyekula.



Sammy Baloji exhibition – ‘Mémoire’ and  No Congo, No Technology by Maurice Mbikayi

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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.