Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.
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Calling all printmakers and paper-peoples! In collaboration with our comrades at Keleketla! […]
Kinshasa Chronicles is a richly textured encounter featuring seventy artists, most of whom belong to a very young generation, telling tales of one of the world’s most vibrant creative hubs.
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.
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.
What could have happened in his head to take literally this type of injunction quite common in lands of Africa? A sense of the word given? The desire to take seriously the hopes of children who usually have little voice? Mystery.
For me knowledge is very powerful. Any knowledge has claws and teeth. If you don’t see the teeth and the claws then it is useless, then somebody has emasculated it.
Chirikure Chirikure means “that which is far is very far.” He is […]
In his first novel, and in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, Kojo Laing talks to a future Ghana by exposing its present, full of the jargons and certainties of one dimensional nation building.
Its location, vocation, and publication intended to speak to a politicised Third World imaginary.
Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question: […]
In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing, a challenge to what he laments as our literary Sahara.
Kodwo Eshun discusses selected paragraphs of music criticism, taking in Kim Gordon’s […]
All my life, I wanted to be either a writer or a […]
An Essay by Achal Prabhala At some point in the 1980s – […]
FOUR GROUND-BREAKING THINGS IN FIVE ISSUES OF CIVIL LINES OR, WAYS TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE POSTCOLONIAL SAND
an essay by Vivek Narayanan [Note: while preparing this piece, I benefited greatly […]
July 2008 The premiere issue of Black Images: A Critical Quarterly of Black […]
Spearman… Lance Spearman – the name synonymous with the intrepid hero of […]
by Nancy Rose Hunt Beginning nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, Kinshasa […]
by Peter James Hudson November 2010 Spear: Canada’s Truth and Soul Magazine launched […]