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HOW THE WEST WAS LOST

If one thinks about it the whole thing goes back to amaQheya; the cultural proletariat… a proletariat with a cultural history that has taught it to be careful of an African existence…

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Mafika Gwala speaks to Andrea Meeson about not living in the shadows.

“I have been always where I am today. Why do they speak of me as if I am emerging from the dark?” Mafika Gwala speaks to Andrea Meeson about not living in the shadows.

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Chimurenga 16 (Published – October 2011) “The Chimurenga Chronicle”

A once-off edition of a speculative, future-forward newspaper that travels back in […]

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Chimurenga 15 (Published – May 2010) “The Curriculum Is Everything”

What could the curriculum be – if it was designed by the […]

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Chimurenga 14 (Published – April 2009)

Everyone has their Indian The latest issue of the Cape Town based […]

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Chimurenga 12/13 (Published – March 2008) “Dr Satan’s Echo Chamber”

#12 : An all-faxion issue on black technologies no longer secret. It […]

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Chimurenga 11 (Published – July 2007) “Conversations with Poets Who Refuse to Speak”

Features a heady mix of words and images that give voice to […]

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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 9 (Published – June 2006) “Conversations in Luanda, and Other Graphic Stories…”

For this one we trawled the globe for ink artists/wordists to give […]

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Chimurenga 8 (Published – December 2005) “We’re All Nigerian!”

An exploration of a love-hate, admiration-envy, awe-disappointment relationship with “Nigerianess”; Features the […]

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Chimurenga 7: “Kaapstad! (and Jozi, the night Moses died)” (Published – July 2005)

A collection of musings – in words, images and sounds – from […]

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Chimurenga 6: “Orphans of Fanon” (Published – October 2004)

A series of conversations, real and imagined, on the “pitfalls of national […]

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Chimurenga 5: “Head/Body(&Tools)/Corpses” (Published – April 2004)

An issue inspired by the life and work of Bessie Head. Including […]

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Chimurenga 4: “Black Gays & Mugabes” (Published – May 2003)

On desire and its discontents. Featuring a new adaptation of Yambo Ouologuem […]

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Chimurenga 3: “Biko in Parliament” (Published – November 2002)

“Mandela was not the only head of state taken in by Koagne. […]

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Chimurenga 2 (Published – June 2002)

“Dis-Covering Home (run nigga run)”  Home, lost and found. Takes by Mahmood […]

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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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Colossal KOUROUMA

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. 

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Writing Nervous By Brian Chikwava

One can argue that great literary works are rarely about good sentences […]

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Myriem

an excerpt from Myriem by Boris Boubacar Diop … Fire embassies, it […]

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