No one ever said: “Thomas Mapfumo is banned.” But you would listen to radio the whole year and no airplay. ” – Chirikure Chirikure
THE INVENTION OF ZIMBABWE
In National Heroes Acre I, II & III chimurenga is seen through today’s lens: Bongani Kona writes about the ghost’s the haunt Zimbabwe and invites their presence to stir up disorder in these amnesiac times; Jekesai Njikizana documents the iconic burial ground and Brian Chikwava dices with death.
Meanwhile, Panashe Chigumadzi travels to the rural Zimbabwe of her ancestors to discover that the land reform programme carries with it the promise of a future and Florence Madenga reflects on the silences that live in the folds of family.
XIBAARU TEERE YI (Chronic Books)
In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing. Ayesha Attah travels from Diop through Ayi Kwei Armah to explore the ‘shared continuity’ of African cultures, histories and philosophies.
Ibrahima Wane presents Kàddu, as the missing link between Diop, Senegalese political scientist Pathé Diagne and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Mamadou Diallo channels Carlos Moore to trace the secret history of the Black Bomb and Souleymane Bachir Diagne enters the den of the Alchemist.
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION – DENDERA RISING
“Sound is defined by vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach the ear. ” – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Visit the space station for an excerpt of that night. Breathe!
History is the science of the state, while memory is the art of the stateless.” – Wendell Hassan Marsh, ‘Re-Membering the Name of God’, The Chronic, New Cartographies, March 2015
The Chimurenga Library on Circulations explores the complexities of migration and the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of the imagination.
The Borderless Newspaper co-inhabits Palermo, Italy as a laboratory for the challenges of our time, looking for traces of possible futures, and tracing the disjunctive flows and circuits – the shaping power of colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected, random events, along with the fierce compulsions of greed, longing, and restlessness…
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