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Listen to “Sankomota: An Ode in One Album”

Perhaps outside of Fela’s Egypt 80, very few music bands have managed to influence their countries in the manner and to the extent that Sankomota did.

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RIP Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina was a friend, a Chimurenga founding father, an award winning writer, author, journalist, chef, lover, a literary revolutionary and an inspiration. We pay tribute.

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Who Kill Kabila – Angola Mix

We tune into radio trottoir, radio one battery, radio 33, boca boca to get the word on the street from Angola.

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IN THE DEN OF THE ALCHEMIST

Cheikh Anta Diop spent much of his life in academic exile pitted […]

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Timbuktu: An Old African Saying

By Akin Adesokan The news comes through to enthusiasts of African cinema […]

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The Pharaoh’s New Clothes

By Sophia Azeb Scene I. Arabité and its discontents The first issue […]

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Archie Shepp’s Shirt Suggests

By Dominique Malaquais and Cédric Vincent The moment has stayed with every person […]

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“We should take out that word ‘national’ and reconstruct that word ‘theatre’. It could become a play house or an artist city.”

A conversation between Jude Anogwih and Ayodele Arigbabu Jude Anogwih: I find […]

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Crossroads Republic

By Brent Hayes Edwards The Nigerian superstar bandleader Fela Anikulapo-Kuti hosted a […]

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MASQUERADE Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria

Featuring the maverick Ejiogbe Twins Photographed by Owen Logan Told by Uzor […]

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Chimurenga 10 (Published – December 2006) “Futbol, Politricks and Ostentatious Cripples”

The new issue of Chimurenga is about football. And politics. But no, […]

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Chimurenga 1 (Published – April 2002)

“Music Is The Weapon” “…The struggle of black people inevitably appear in […]

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Installations

The Library recognises people as knowledge and memory as the art of […]

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Who Killed Kabila

On January 16, 2001, in the middle of the day, shots are […]

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Lower Frequencies

Africa has a long history of comic production that span multiple forms […]

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New Cartographies

Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question:  […]

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Panafest

From January 15 to February 12 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, […]

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Research

The Chimurenga Library focuses on how we forge communities, produce and circulate […]

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Who invented truth

Who invented that piece of nonsense called truth? Tired of truth, I am. And metanarratives and more truth and post colonies. An intellectual world in which each paper rewrites its own perceptual framework; everybody is represented, nobody is real.

Sick, I am, of affirming stories about strong brown women; of being pounded into literary submission; patronised beyond humanity. I miss beginnings, middles and ends. Please bring back the myths and legends – even those ones about wise rabbits and wicked witches.

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A Day in the Life of Idi Amin

The hot dry breeze is lazy. It glides languorously collecting odd bits of paper, they tease the ground, threaten to take flight, tease the ground.

Every so often there is a gathering of force and a tiny tornado whips the paper into the air, swirls dust around, dogs lift their ears, tongues lolling, then burrow their faces between their forelegs as the wind collapses, exhausted.

Children are in school, long lines of spittle reaching their desks as they try to keep awake

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