There is nothing like art—in the oppressors sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. ” Activist and poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, also known as Bra Willie, died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 3 January 2018. He was 79. We celebrate his words and give deepest thanks.
Pics: George Hallett: Sandile Dikeni, Keorapetse Kgositsile – Writer’s Conference, Uni of Pretoria, 2002
For Johnny Dyani
“Johnny you take us out there
where we gasp silently
amidst a bombardment of sound
in the spell of the witchdoctor’s son
where I cannot even ponder
how a witch and a doctor paradox
could be one entity.”
Jazz was crucial to Kgositsile. He wrote of the black aesthetic he pursued and celebrated: “There is nothing like art—in the oppressors sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of Sophiatown tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue. Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or mbaqanga. Anguished happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancers muscles.”
Poets are Hurting
Staffriding the front line
As we put food back on the table; asking how we write ourselves and our lives through food, beyond ideas of scarcity, this issue also explores global geopolitics as they are expressed through money exchanges. Additionally, we continue our investigation into higher education across the continent.
With contributions from Harmony Holiday, Yemisi Aribisala, Kodwo Eshun, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and more.
Other Chimurenga Publications:
A pavement literature project consisting of serialized monographs.
a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.
A Biennial publication that challenges the depiction of urban life – redefines cityness, Africa-style.