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Reproducing Festac ’77: A secret among a family of millions

Kwanele Sosibo speaks with Ntone Edjabe about the creation of, and thinking behind, the FESTAC ’77 publication.

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Steal Back the Treasure

In pirating the head of Queen Idia to use it as a logo for Festac 77 , proposes another dissonant route that challenges the very idea of the work of art as unique object.

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NEW IN BOOKSHOP

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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FESTAC 77 BOOK – OUT NOW

Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77,,, To many, too many, FESTAC sounded like cacophony – we reproduced its music on the page, decomposed and an-arranged.

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Senegal & Festac 77

After New York in October 2019, and in the spirit of the trans-continentalism (aka Black World) of the event, we return to Dakar to celebrate the release of Chimurenga’s new publication on FESTAC ’77 – in collaboration with RAW Material Company.

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Labour Tenants South Western Transvaal

“There’s no real vocabulary for the non-photographed of apartheid‟ – Santu Mofokeng

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FESTAC 77 BOOK – Sample spreads

448 pages, colour illustrations featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions.

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WHO KILLED KABILA: CAST OF CHARACTERS

The cast list of actors and character who make an appearance in the issue includes everyone from Ché Guevara and psychiatrist, political theorist and Frantz Fanon, to Rashidi Muzele, the assassin who pulled the trigger and many more.

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“We should take out that word ‘national’ and reconstruct that word ‘theatre’….

Perfect, perfect, you have solved the problem for me, we have deconstructed the idea of National Theatre. We have taken the national and thrown it in the dust bin.

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Crossroads Republic

The Nigerian superstar bandleader Fela Anikulapo-Kuti hosted a covert summit meeting in the summer of 1977.

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The Pharaoh’s New Clothes

Its location, vocation, and publication intended to speak to a politicised Third World imaginary.

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New York, USA: 7-11 November 2015

At Performa 2015, the Chimurenga Library took the form of a library-of-people, […]

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Showroom Gallery London, UK: 8 October – 21 November 2015

For the first UK presentation, Chimurenga infiltrated The Showroom’s building in the […]

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San Francisco Public Library San Francisco, US: 24 May – 29 June 2014

Presented as part of the exhibition Public Intimacy, Chimurenga Library offered a simple system that […]

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MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 21 May – 1 August 2010

Chimurenga Library exhibition at …for those who live in it: Pop-culture politics and […]

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Cape Town Central Library, Cape Town: 2 May – 21 June 2009

An introspective of Chimurenga Magazine Presented in and around the Cape Town Central […]

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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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