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10 Paragraphs of Music Criticism

Kodwo Eshun discusses selected paragraphs of music criticism, taking in Kim Gordon’s Art Forum essays, Philip Brophy’s 100 Modern Soundtracks, writing by Dave Tompkins and more, from Off The Page 2011 at the Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable. Talk: Kodwo Eshun discusses ten paragraphs of music criticism from Sound and Music on Vimeo.

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Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs

Taban Lo Liyong is the author of several books of poetry including Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs and Another Nigger Dead. He has also published some collections of essays, the most recent being Images of Women in Folktales and Short Stories of Africa.  He spoke to Sam Raditlhalo (circa 1997, when he was still a professor of […]

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Colossal KOUROUMA

par Abdourahman Waberi 1. Oracle Au physique, un colosse à l’étroit dans sa carcasse, une tête ronde bien soudée sur son tronc, des yeux narquois parfois ensommeillés, d’autres fois tout en vif mouvement.

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POETS WITH GUNS: A CONVERSATION WITH CHIRIKURE CHIRIKURE

Chirikure Chirikure means “that which is far is very far.” He is a well-known poet, writer, and songwriter who has collaborated with Chiwoniso Maraire and Oliver Mtukudzi among others, and toured the world as a solo artist and with his mbira ensemble. He also lectures locally and internationally on Shona poetic forms. I first saw […]

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HIKIMA – a letter from Zaria

by Yinka Elujoba One evening, while escaping the rain on campus in Ife, I stopped for cover under the walkway beneath the Senate Building. Standing there was a   girl in a blue hijab. Her phone rang. I thought I recognised the ringtone: it was Trane of course. It had to be Trane – the tremor […]

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Short Review – The Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat Marc Anthony Richardson FC2/ University of Alabama Press, 2017 Released to high critical acclaim but scant attention last year, Marc Anthony Richardson’s Year of the Rat is a slim novel excavating the inheritance of generational trauma, violence, economic struggle, and institutional racism that defines much of contemporary life in the US. […]

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