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Rumble in the Nile

The Nimeiri era remains one of the most beguiling and contradictory in the country’s history. It defined so much of what was to come.

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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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Archie Shepp’s Shirt Suggests

The moment has stayed with every person who witnessed it. Archie Shepp improvising live on the street, surrounded by hundreds of onlookers in a trance induced by his otherworldly beats.

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Searching for Rotimi- A Letter From London

Rotimi Fani-Kayode died 29 years ago (21 December 1989), in exile, after […]

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Avions De Nuit

By Pumle April In the Cameroonian imaginary “Avions de nuit” (night planes) […]

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Qalqalah

Through the fictional character Qalqalah, Sarah Rifky, grapples with the question what is an institution? Speaking […]

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Kaveena

In Catherine Anyango’s adaptation of Boubacar Boris Diop’s Kaveena, the boundary between nightmare and […]

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Afro Horn

Forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America, […]

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Yakhal’ Inkomo

An explosive bellow from the spiritual heart of the black experience, saxophonist […]

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Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars

Set in 2020, Kojo Laing‘s 1992 dark ecological sci-fi novel envisions a condition […]

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The Muezzin and I

By Rustum Kozain Adamu One night at a local hangout in my […]

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Time to Bleed

An extended conversation between Aryan Kaganof and Walter Mignolo   What I […]

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The Art of Suspense

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi revisits the football matches of his childhood, when radio, not […]

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Sports Chatter

Simon Kuper discusses the drivel in the drip-feed that is mainstream sports […]

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The Lexicon of Love

The language of football is arguably nowhere more verbose and loquacious than […]

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The Invention of African Football

Moses März documents his fleeting orbit of the “African” football scene, from […]

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How to Approach Heaven

The struggle for freedom is a reckless, foolish and sacrosanct adventure – […]

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A Fine Madness

By Masande Ntshanga  Here’s how this starts: halfway through Mishka Hoosen’s debut […]

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Climbing- A Letter from San Francisco

By Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko Loss is life’s only language. Moving from mask to […]

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God Has Written a Miracle Into My Body

By Wendell Hassan Marsh “Do you believe that Islam is the truth?” a […]

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The Upper Room

By Florence Madenga 4pm: Opening Prayer We are waiting for Apostle Debbie […]

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The University of Soweto

Frank B. Wilderson draws from his memory of student protests in 1993 […]

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The Mission of Forgetting

Joshua Craze offers a sobering analysis of the fantasy that is the […]

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Protected: Sister Outsider

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Reform and Revolution at the University of Lovanium

In this essay on the gestation, articulations and manipulations of student politics […]

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Politics of Betrayal

Using historian and author Jacob Dlamini’s latest work as a backdrop, Bongani […]

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Marcus Garvey is Alive in East Africa

A university in eastern Uganda, named in honour of the pan African […]

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Four Days in June

By Moses Marz President Omar al-Bashir is looking out of the window of […]

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Focusing the Fashionable Mind

The parochialism and pretence emanating from some South African human rights organisations […]

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Come On Up, Sweetheart

In an “intensely private encounter” with the personal letters of James Baldwin, […]

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A Brief History of Student Protests

By Stacy Hardy “Bile bums my inside!/ I feel like vomiting! For […]

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Fighting Shadows

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi hails from a place where the game of ukuqula is […]

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Adult Alphabet

‘R for rent, S for sex, T for evermore taxing things….’ Rustum Kozain‘s […]

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Sexing Africa, Again

Dominique Malaquais spins together Lil’ Kim, burkas, Muslim women, Somali Mata-Haris and […]

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No Easy Truce Between Africa’s Most Powerful Brothership

By Tolu Ogunlesi On a per-person basis, South Africans drink four times […]

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The Picture

By Suren Pillay The picture swayed from side to side like a […]

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Inaudible I

By Salim Washington and Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi: Ja, well, […]

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Giant Steps – from a film by Aryan Kaganof and Geoff Mphakati

By Aryan Kaganof & Geoff Mphakati We’re only preparing you to get […]

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Dear Dr. Schwab, Queen of Jordan

 By Binyavanga Wainaina Professor Klaus SchwabFounder & Executive ChairmanWorld Economic Forum & […]

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Folk Dancing for Beginners

By Karen Press   (He sets the tone) In my country the […]

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Hanging Participle

By Anna Kente I am becoming. I have the proof. Documents, photos, evidence. […]

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Justino

By Pedro Rosa-Mendes The news spread through the camp: Justino knew then […]

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Dansons Donc le Zouglou

By Henri-Michel Yere Déscolarisé In 1980s Côte d’Ivoire, exclusion from the schooling […]

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The Chimurenga Library (with PASS pop-up) at Performa, New York

Through next week, we’ll occupy the Performa 15 Hub in New York with the […]

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Sermon on the Train

By Isabel Hofmeyer 11.45 am on a Tuesday morning in October and […]

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Lagos, Lagos

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chidera’s taxi crawled over Third Mainland Bridge, towards […]

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Remembering Biafra

In 1968, Nigeria’s finance minister, agricultural produce mogul Obafemi Awolowo declared: “Starvation is a legitimate weapon of war, and we have every intention to use it against the rebels.”

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The Amazing Career of Passport Number B957848

By Akin Adesokan (For Larry Siems & Aimee Liu) I The wait […]

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The Chimurenga Library at The Showroom, London.

For our first UK presentation, Chimurenga will infiltrate The Showroom’s building in […]

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Creating Theatre: A George Hallett Photo Essay

“Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]

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Pan African Space Station POP-UP at Fondation Cartier, Paris

Pan African Space Station POP-UP at Fondation Cartier, 261 boulevard Raspail, 75014 […]

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a half century thing & because the night

Come join us at our factory to launch Lesego Rampolokeng’s A Half […]

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Franc-maçonnerie Suite

By Dominique Malaquais 1st Movement : Uncle Tom or DOM-TOM? Il y a […]

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Rumblin’

By Dominique Malaquais  Tell It To The World April 1st 1974.[1] Before […]

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Variations on the Beautiful in the Congolese World of Sounds

By Achille Mbembe Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Congolese […]

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The Trajectory of a Street Photographer

My quest for an explanation for this omission in my history education made me appreciate the magnitude of the crime… for the struggle against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. – Santu Mofokeng

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Season’s Greetings

By Rayyane Tabet On the morning of 1 December 1960, thousands of […]

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The Sahara is not a Boundary

Ziad Bentahar is an assistant professor of French and Arabic at Towson […]

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The African Affairs Bureau

By Helmi Sharawy I have pointed out in the past that the three […]

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Jeune Afrique

By Moses Marz In 1968, Béchir Ben Yahmed launched his first attempt […]

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Souffles

By Toni Maraini The first issue was thin, but it responded “to […]

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Al Fatah

By Anthony James Ratcliff Al Fatah was an extremely popular organisation at the […]

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Lotus Magazine

By Nida Ghouse In the wake of Youssef El-Sebai’s death, the streets of Cairo swelled in protest. […]

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Ibrahim El-Salahi

By Michael Vasquez Ibrahim El-Salahi had a show at the Tate Modern […]

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Hiwar

By Michael Vasquez The journal that the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) published […]

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Qibla

 Qibla leader Imam Achmad Cassiem in conversation with Khalid Shamis. “When the […]

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Jihad as a Form of Struggle in the Resistance to Apartheid in South Africa

By Na’eem Jeenah Although Muslims form about 2 per cent of the South […]

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Dispossessed Vigils

Mourning and Regeneration in Inner-City Johannesburg[1] By Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon “Only the conscious horror […]

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Reluctantly Loud

Interventions in the History of a Land Occupation By Koni Benson and Faeza […]

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“The contemporary art in this country is flowing, but it needs direction.”

A conversation between performance artist, Jelili Atiku and former Director of the […]

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IRM de la ville de Douala

by Maud De La Chappelle To Didier À Douala, on nomme les […]

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Secular Stories

“Spare a thought for secularism. One month into the life of The […]

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Waiting for Wame

By Elnathan John It is June 20. I am in pain. The […]

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Authority Stealing in Kenya

In pursuit of some scriptwriter talent, Billy Kahora discovers that academic mantras, […]

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Under the Caine Bridge

by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire 2000 There are two rivers of Literature, so-called […]

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Both Sides Then and Now

By Rustum Kozain Perhaps too short for the reading pleasure it provides, […]

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African Cities Reader Three is Out Now

The African Cities Reader is a biennial publication that brings together contributors […]

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The Scandal

by Suren Pillay During the past 10 years I have seen reports […]

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Home is Where the Mic is – Cape Town launch

This Thursday, April 2, at the PASS studio in Cape Town, the […]

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I Think I’ll Call it Morning

 by Bongani Kona   Penumbra Songeziwe Mahlangu Kwela Books,  2013 Sometime in […]

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The Shifting Fortunes of a Performing Poet

Post-apartheid poetry and its makers have witnessed the commodification of the art […]

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Black Man in the White Suit

A Letter from Cape Town by Kiluanji Kia Henda. In 2008, the […]

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Mapping The Last King of Africa

    This map features alongside a text by Olivier Vallée in the new […]

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In a Time of Boko Haram

by Elnathan John. I. DRESSES Beneath the oil-stained, flattened pillow that Mansir sits […]

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Re-Membering the Name of God

Wendell Hassan Marsh maps the trajectories of Islam as it evolved in […]

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Bordering on Borana

by Dalle Ebrahim. It was 2011 and I was seated in a taxi […]

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The Power of Green Crayons

Agri Ismaïl recalls growing up off the map – his Kurdish identity […]

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Pwani Si Kenya

Despite years of development promises from Kenya’s central government, the Coast remains […]

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The Last King of Africa

Brother Leader, global agitator, anti-imperialist revolutionary, megalomaniacal renegade. The former Libyan leader […]

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Secret Countries

  This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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How to Eat a Forest

Billy Kahora recounts a journey into Kenya’s Mau Forest, where he confronts […]

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Imagined Waters

Through the poetry of its mariners – the singers of its rivers […]

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Living Dangerously in Petroluanda

António Tomás picks through the post-independence architectural ruins of Angola’s capital city […]

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The Institute

Cultural institutes are considered effective instruments in foreign policy for any nation-state […]

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Manufacturing African Celebrity

Jesse Weaver Shipley* explores the power of celebrity in contemporary African pop culture […]

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Soft Power Desire Machines and the Production of Africa Rising

      Alongside texts by Jesse Weaver Shipley, Moses März and Oribhabor […]

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Becoming Chimamanda’s Boy

by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo. I was part of the 2014 Farafina Creative Writing Workshop […]

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Neopats and Repats

    This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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Creative Industries as Underdevelopment

Are the creative industries turning the tide against urban development in the […]

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All That is Solid Melts into PR

Mark Fisher, author of the book Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? […]

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Reviews in Brief

by Stacy Hardy.   Our Lady of the Nile Scholastique Mukasonga (transl. […]

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Operation Protective Edge

by  Paul Wessels. The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of […]

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Portrait of the Artist as a Daughter

by Ed Pavlić. “Where material is absent, dialectics is groundless.” – James Snead, […]

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Licking Dirty Hands

by David Shook. In the tradition of German poet Heimrad Bäcker, who turned […]

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Undoing the Spell

by Ben Verghese. Many of the dominant narratives of the partition focus on […]

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The Undeveloped Intellectual in Zombie-land

by Ibrahim Farghali. This is Rakha’s second novel after his début, The Book […]

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Breaking the Rules Beautifully

by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire. “Breaking the rules attracts implications, Jennifer.” I overhear British […]

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Men and their Dogs

by Gwen Ansell. Leonardo Padura is perhaps best known outside his native Cuba […]

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Miniature Metamorphoses

by André Naffis-Sahely. In his dotage, Henry Kissinger has come to resemble Emperor […]

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The Other Brother

by Bongani Kona. At the centre of Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel, The Reactive, […]

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A Geography of Times and Affects

by Marissa Moorman. An Angolan friend of mine refuses to read Ondjaki. […]

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And the Books Lived Happily Ever After

by Harry Garuba. If Amos Tutuola had not lived, and written stories in […]

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Which Africa Are We Talking About?

In the era of rapid globalisation the exemplary novelists seem to be […]

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Shooting From Point Blank Range

Moses Serubiri turns on the television and watches the news unfold, in […]

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Beneath the Underdog

Fighter, soldier, poet, arguably the PR-unit and embodiment of the Economic Freedom […]

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New Oil Old Lamps

The old Arab adage that “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes and Baghdad reads” […]

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Shifting Gulfward

The apparent demise of the millennia-old Arab cultural centres and the rapid […]

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Life After Oil

Jeremy Weate explores the cultural politics of the petro-based economy in Nigeria, […]

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We almost died thrice…

A letter from Lagos by Wanlov the Kubolor. I dey lie for […]

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The Bite and the Embrace

A Letter from Malabo by Recaredo Silebo Boturu. I’m writing from here in […]

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The Face: Cartography of the Void

Chris Abani has lived in several places and been assumed to be […]

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New Trade Routes

    This features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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After Oil Water

  This features in the new Chronic, an edition in which we […]

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African War Machines

    This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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The Chronic Presents a New Cartography for Africa

Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged […]

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The Internet is Afropolitan

Achille Mbembe discusses the history and horizon of digital communication and identity […]

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Yambo Ouloguem: Postcolonial Writer, Anti-Wahhabist Militant

Christopher Wise recalls conversations and texts of the Malian author, whose deep […]

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How Close Are You To This Place?

by Karen Press. Where is the heart of darkness? We think we know. It’s […]

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Situation is Critical

Jeremy Weate moves from text to context in search of the current […]

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How to write about Africa

by Boniface Mongo-Mboussa Serpent à Plumes’ republication of Yambo Ouologuem’s Le Devoir de violence […]

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In Suburbia

Suburban South Africa is glowing. The sun is up, the trees are […]

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Preliminary Notes for a Mediterranean Manifesto

Connecting ancience and modern roots/routes Rasheed Araeen redraws the boundaries and limits of identity. […]

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The Chronic – mapping the new – soon come

“In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the […]

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Gateway

A video-work from Berni Searle‘s “Black smoke rising” trilogy; the title alluding to the […]

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Alex killers are ‘proud’ of attacks on foreigners

Gcina Ntsaluba reports from where Wally Serote wrote: “When I lie on your breast […]

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10th Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil

Press release: On February 5, 2015 (Thursday), at 8pm, Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Edições Sesc […]

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What Follows? The State of Black Collectivity in the Year of the Sheep

Continuing to sing a vital and urgent message of black collectivity, Harmony Holiday writes from […]

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Between Worldliness and Exile Homelessness and Cosmopolitanism

With essays by Akin Adesokan, Imraan Coovadia and Ngugi wa Thiong’o bound together,  Sean O’Toole examines idiosyncratic writing […]

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Writivism is underway

Press release: Writivism, a flagship project of Center for African Cultural Excellence […]

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Dispatches from Beirut

Comic artist and musician Mazen Kerbaj keeps a visual diary of a week […]

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In the Listening Room with Neo Muyanga

This Thursday (January 15), Pan African Space Station present “Revolting Songs”,  a concert-lecture […]

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The African Renaissance Hoer-o-scope for Politicians

by Zebulon Dread ARIES Your best bet at survival is not a […]

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The Story of an African Farm

The Chronic visits wine farms across the Boland area of the Western Cape and […]

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The Alternative is at Hand

Working within the black radical tradition, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney frame a […]

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Kangsen Feka Wakai Can’t Breathe

Transition are calling for responses to the latest sweep of murders by police of unarmed black […]

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‘Let’s face it: we’re in over our heads. We need the white folks to come back.’

Renegade Cameroonian filmmaker and theorist Jean-Pierre Bekolo Obama pulls no punches about his disaffection […]

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Beyond Oppression-Liberation-Maendeleo

by Parselelo Kantai It may have been the economist David Ndii who coined […]

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Ankara Press, new romance imprint from Cassava Republic Press

A new romance imprint from Cassava Republic Press is now public: Ankara Press. Press […]

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Propaganda and Politics tunnel vision history of art activism in South Africa

The important contribution of the Black Consciousness Movement to art activism in […]

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Stories about Music in Africa

Throughout 2014 Chimurenga has been connecting with cutting-edge artists and music collectives […]

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The New Thing

Out of the silence, the crevices, cracks and forgotten places of Cape […]

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Midway Between Silence and Speech

The art and incarnation of Justine Gaga explores the multi-layered and emotionally […]

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Exitour as Rhizome

“Why did we embark on this insane trip?” Having journeyed together from Douala to […]

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Une Hommage à Goddy Leye

With his imagination, sharp wit and all-round uncontournable wholesome beautyness, Goddy Leye has […]

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The Beautiful Beast

by Goddy Leye         This still from Goddy Leye’s […]

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The G.Spot Protagonists

by Goddy Leye I am sitting in front of the Cologne cathedral, amazed by […]

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Boda Boda Lounge Project: Nov 21 – 23

Chimurenga are participating in the Boda Boda Lounge Project from Friday November 21 […]

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Black Skin, White Ass

Hydroquinine, bleach, lime juice: take your pick. Each of them will lighten […]

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Honouring Somaliness

Binyavanga Wainaina and Diriye Osman sit down in south London to speak of […]

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Philatelic Pan Africanism

The Otolith Group, founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002, uses […]

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Writers Boot Camp comes to Cape Town

Writers Boot Camp, Cape Town: 24 – 29 November 2014 (press release) Writers’ […]

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Poets Pressing Record(s)

by Harmony Holiday  Privacy is dead and the word itself sounds a […]

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Mythscience Records

Mythscience Records, a label arkiving necessary voices for us all to learn from. Poet Harmony […]

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This is a pigment of my imagination

Looking like a ‘Negro’ in India and searching for a connection has […]

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How Kenya Exploded In My Heart

A letter from Harare by Petina Gappah   I once lived in a […]

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XXYX Africa

by Nick Mwaluko On the subject of voicing that inner scream that […]

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Buru Buru

Billy Kahora reflects on the state of the ‘estate’ of his Nairobi […]

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Out of sight and out of mind in High Care

Mike Abrahams recently spent seven weeks as an involuntary patient at Valkenberg […]

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Floyd Mayweather and Improvised Modalities of Rhythm

by Steve Coleman What makes boxing the sweet science is not two […]

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Mining for Minds

Jean-Pierre Bekelo presents a film financing project offering payment in raw materials: “Mining for Minds”. […]

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The Case of Sipho Mchunu

by Bongani Kona In her brilliant review of Didier Fassin’s book, When Bodies Remember: […]

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Chronic Apartheid Litigation

Ronald Suresh Roberts argues that litigation in US courts against multinational companies […]

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Poets Are Hurting: Lesego Rampolokeng in Conversation with Mafika Gwala

Mafika Gwala emerged as a significant writer in the 1970s during his […]

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Accordion Cowboys

Tseliso Monaheng explores famo, a popular form of accordion music that blends […]

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Why music is better than photography

Why music is better than photography: An argument in two parts by Sean […]

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AF 888

AF 888 – a letter from above the Mediterranean Sea by Christian Botale […]

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Ba re e ne re Literature Festival

We’ll be in Maseru next week to celebrate new and old writing […]

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Palestine Journey

In February 2005, Ishtiyaq Shukri’s novel The Silent Minaret, won the first European […]

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L’impossible n’est pas Camerounais!

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces personal lineage, and the often blurred and disputed […]

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Beasts of No Nation

Whether immigrating, emigrating or just passing through, Africans suffer among the greatest indignities […]

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Searching for Augusto Zita

From the Namib desert to an interrogation room on US soil, Victor Gama tracks Augusto […]

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Visioncarnation

by Orijit Sen                 Orijit Sen is […]

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The Black Guru

Gael Reagon meets the spirit formerly known as Zebulon Dread. On Friday […]

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Swami Sitarama Dasa in conversation with Gael Reagon

To launch the new Chronic (graphic issue), we’ll be having a special […]

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A New Myth

Illustrator Nolan Oswald Dennis’s ongoing collaboration with Johannesburg-based performance art ensemble The Brother […]

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Masquerade

Michael Jackson alive in Nigeria Featuring the maverick Ejiogbe Twins Photographed by […]

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The Chronic (July 2014)

For the new issue of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic, the […]

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11 YRS OF DEMONCRAZY!!!

11 YRS OF DEMONCRAZY!!! O nee Got.!! Got!!! Got!! ! I can’t […]

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Historieda

In his letter from Agolam, Yvan Alagbé riffs off a recent visit […]

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Motshumi’s Country

For more than three decades, Mogorosi Motshumi has drawn comics, cartoons and […]

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Obi’s Nightmare

by Jamón y Queso translated by David Shook         […]

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It’s only a matter of acceleration now

by  Binyavanga Wainaina 1. I am about to interview Youssou N’Dour. I […]

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New Bush, Old Ghosts

Cyber crime is a burgeoning business in West Africa, despite often primitive […]

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When You Kill Us, We Rule

Audre Lorde‘s poem, “The Black Unicorn”, is woven into rhetorical charcoal drawings by […]

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Sketches of ‘Trane

    Atang Tshikare is a artist and illustrator based in Cape […]

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Obstacles

by Anna Kostreva   You know those days when it’s so hard […]

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Not only our land but also our souls

Andile Mngxitama challenges historical and contemporary rhetoric that positions land theft in […]

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The End of Elections

by Paula Akugizibwe   Jose Saramago’s Seeing is no Arab spring. Revolutionary […]

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A Brief History of Throwing Shit

by Rustum Kozain.  Shit, muck, drek, kak. Faecal matter. We humans have a […]

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On Mermaids and Microwaves

Diriye Osman is a storyteller – on page, stage and canvas. His […]

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