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FESTAC 77 BOOK – OUT NOW

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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. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of transatlantic and pan-Africanist cultural-political gatherings.

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As told by Chimurenga, this is the first publication to address the planetary scale of FESTAC alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible. Featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions, the book relays the stories, words and works of the festival’s extraordinary cast of characters.

With: Wole SoyinkaLéopold Sédar SenghorAhmed Sékou TouréArchie SheppMiriam MakebaAllioune Diop, Jeff DonaldsonLouis FarrakhanStevie WonderAbdias do NascimentoKeorapetse KgositsileMario de AndradeTed JoansNadi Qamar,Carlos MooreAyi Kwei ArmahAma Ata AidooJohnny Dyani, Werewere LikingMarilyn NanceBarkley HendricksMildred ThompsonIbrahim El-SalahiJayne CortezAtukwei OkaiJonas GwangwaTheo VincentLindsay BarrettGilberto de la Nuez, Sun Ra and many others.


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And featuring new writing from: Akin AdesokanMoses SerubiriHarmony HolidaySemeneh AyalewHassan MusaEmmanuel IdumaMichael McMillanDominique Malaquais and Cedric VincentMolefe PhetoUgochukwu-Smooth C. NzewiHermano PennaAlice Aterianus.
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Published by Chimurenga and Afterall Books, in association with Asia Art Archive, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and RAW Material Company, 2019.

Listen to FESTAC ’77: PASS Playlist

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