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The hot dry breeze is lazy. It glides languorously collecting odd bits of paper, they tease the ground, threaten to take flight, tease the ground.
Patrice Nganang recalls the duel between politics and the literary sphere in 1990s Yaoundé – a time when the campaign for ‘democracy’ exposed the chiasmus that is the Cameroonian intelligence, and the words of Mongo Beti ignited a movement for dissent, return and reconstruction.
South Africa thinks that India owes it one for putting Gandhi through revolution school; India thinks South Africa owes it for sending him over to show the natives how it’s done.
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Achal Prabhala goes to the heart of the Free State literary renaissance with the “deliberately mysterious and prodigiously talented” Omoseye Bolaji.
Ingrained in the DNA of every male growing up in Senegal is the tradition of Laamb, the Wolof designation for the sport – and by extension the business – of wrestling.
Needless to say, Françafrique was not the only constellation of capital and culture on offer at the time of African political independence.
The jingle would survive the event, as the poetry of a battle-cry outlives a war, but that eventuality belonged in the future.
The rhetoric of ‘radical’ and ‘fundamentalist’ Islam, of ‘global jihad’ and ‘terror’ is, ironically, historical and recoverable from the irrational.
Who needs the God of the bible with his promises of trials and tribulations, crosses and paths of repentance? Yemisi Aribisala listens to the sermons, counts the money, watches the high-flying life of Nigeria’s mega-preachers and wonders.
Goddy Leye nous a quittés. C’était le 19 février 2011, peu après minuit. A Karachi, au bord du désert, où jamais il ne pleut en cette saison, le ciel s’est ouvert. Averse. A l’aube, à l’heure du premier appel des muezzins, il pleuvait encore. J’écris là-bas ces mots pour l’ami, le mentor, le camarade Goddy. Douleur sourde, de celles qui ne passent pas. Qui ne peuvent et ne doivent pas passer.
Live from 5pm
Friday 21 August 2020
We are standing under a glaring spotlight screaming at the tops of our lungs, from the backs of our throats which we grind together to access black blues unwords, thymus against heart, blue in green meridian, that aquamarine plexus that water and sky correct and regulate in us.
The man who sets up the bomb is long gone before it goes off.
In this mix, we decompose, an-arrange and reproduce the sound-world of FESTAC ’77 to address the planetary scale of event, alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible.
Skin bleaching is often described as a manifestation of ‘colo-mentality’. However, argues Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, mimesis here is both an affirmation and a contestation of power.
Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]
Kwanele Sosibo speaks with Ntone Edjabe about the creation of, and thinking behind, the FESTAC ’77 publication.
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.
Calling all printmakers and paper-peoples! In collaboration with our comrades at Keleketla! […]
Vyjayanthi Rao, in conversation with Filip de Boeck & Abdou Maliq Simone […]
Les Brasseries du Cameroun is the country’s largest industry and dedicated to guaranteeing a steady flow of liquid amber to the vast proliferation of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other unidentified nightspots – some still in Maquis-style hiding – that have mushroomed all over the city.
Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77,,, To many, too many, FESTAC sounded like cacophony – we reproduced its music on the page, decomposed and an-arranged.
After New York in October 2019, and in the spirit of the trans-continentalism (aka Black World) of the event, we return to Dakar to celebrate the release of Chimurenga’s new publication on FESTAC ’77 – in collaboration with RAW Material Company.
Kinshasa Chronicles is a richly textured encounter featuring seventy artists, most of whom belong to a very young generation, telling tales of one of the world’s most vibrant creative hubs.
Kids are becoming priests, because if you are touched or you can see or whatever, these kind of churches, charismatic, big churches, people turn towards looking at ancestors, they turn to the Bible, they turn to look at whatever, because politics: basically were beaten.
“There’s no real vocabulary for the non-photographed of apartheid‟ – Santu Mofokeng
Join us in celebrating the life and work of our dearly departed brother and comrade, the poet, journalist and griot of liberation struggles.
Rest in peace Sandile Dikeni – poet, brother, comrade, a voice of truth and dissent and long time contributor to Chimurenga. We pay respect with this archive of his writing published by Chimurenga.
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…
t would be a very idiosyncratic Harlem! Years ago when I was a teenager I did a course where they had us make maps of places, highlighting what drops out just based on personal experience of a place. I think of this book very much like that – a personal map of the places I went or that caught my eye.
I have always felt the need for Africa, Asia and South America to learn from each other. This south-to-south intellectual and literary exchange was at the center of the Nairobi Literature debate in the early sixties, and is the centerpiece of my recent theoretical explorations, in Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing.
wani? Manuscript Project, Kwani Trust’s new literary prize for African writing. Including contributions from Aminatta Forna, Leila Aboulela, Ellen Banda-Aaku and Helon Habila, the articles offer advice and inspiration for developing your novel manuscript over the next 2 months. In this, the first article in the series Aminatta Forna explores where the ideas for novels.
Read to become a better writer. This sounds like “eat to become stronger” and in a way reading is the food of the creative process. Read for all the reasons a reader reads but also read for inspiration, read to be influenced, read in order to pick up tricks and techniques, read in order to answer the questions, “How on earth did the author pull this off? How on earth did he/she get away with this?”
I contacted Comrade Fatso a poet and social activist and founder of MAGAMABA Projects and bandleader of Chabvondoka who is also internationally renowned for blogging for CNN’s on the ground coverage of the controversial 2008 Zimbabwean elections; to gauge his attitude about the current power sharing arrangement and his opinion on the political climate in his country.
« Sortir de la grande nuit. Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée ». Tel est le titre du dernier livre d’Achille Mbembe qui paraît aux Éditions La Découverte à Paris le 14 octobre. J’ai eu le privilège de lire de manière attentive cet ouvrage riche et très documenté écrit en mémoire de Frantz Fanon et Jean-Marc Éla, deux « penseurs du devenir illimité ».
In the half-century to come, one aspect of the role of intellectuals, cultural practitioners and African civil society will be to help in articulating a concept of democracy that takes the current struggles as a point of departure, and in addition to ‘internationalise’ the question of African democratisation
“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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A Festac 77 Mixtape featuring Randy Weston, Mandla Langa, Carlos Moore, The Blue Notes, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Michael McMillan, Miriam Makeba, Gilberto Gil, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Ray Lema and of course, Fela Kuti (voiced by Kolade Arogundade).
From 23 – 25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan African Space Station (PASS) at The New School’s Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City.
448 pages, colour illustrations featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions.
Recorded in the darkness and unpredictability of load shedding, Dumama & Kechou invited Madala ‘Bafo’ Kunene, along with Madosini, for an intimate performance at the Chimurenga Factory.
Perhaps outside of Fela’s Egypt 80, very few music bands have managed to influence their countries in the manner and to the extent that Sankomota did.
Binyavanga Wainaina was a friend, a Chimurenga founding father, an award winning writer, author, journalist, chef, lover, a literary revolutionary and an inspiration. We pay tribute.
On January 16, 2001, in the middle of the day, shots are heard in the Palais de Marbre,the residence of President Laurent-Désiré Kabila.
We tune into radio trottoir, radio one battery, radio 33, boca boca to get the word on the street from Angola.
The cast list of actors and character who make an appearance in the issue includes everyone from Ché Guevara and psychiatrist, political theorist and Frantz Fanon, to Rashidi Muzele, the assassin who pulled the trigger and many more.
n her 30 years of exile, Miriam Makeba redefined pan Africanism. She was a woman with nine passports and honorary citizenship in 10 countries.
DIPALO: a mixtape for those who practice counting, composed, arranged and performed by Muyanga, was released as an audio supplement to issue 16 of Chimurenga magazine
Which “they”? Which “one”? What “secrets” are you talking about? Oh! Come on! Cinema taught us long ago that there is always a secret in a laboratory and that evil-minded people are planning to get hold of it.
Perfect, perfect, you have solved the problem for me, we have deconstructed the idea of National Theatre. We have taken the national and thrown it in the dust bin.
The Nigerian superstar bandleader Fela Anikulapo-Kuti hosted a covert summit meeting in the summer of 1977.
“Nothing is true, everything is alive.” Starting from this paradox, Moses März, imagines a conversation between Glissant and his friend and fellow writer Patrick Chamoiseau about the Philosophy of Relation.
Whatever Zimbabwe is, and is becoming, already exists in the sound-worlds produced in the region.
A few years ago, while researching the political history of Congo/Zaire/Congo via the country’s music archive, particularly through the output of Luambo Makiadi aka Franco, we turned to the legendary record collection of “Jumbo” Donald Vanrenen.
This installment of Stories about Music in Africa features Shabaka Hutchings and The Brother Moves On, recorded at the Chimurenga headquarters in Cape Town.
Okello Sam examines the conceptual difference between work and relaxation as differently applied in the so-called First and Third Worlds.
“Sound is defined by vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach the ear.
Chimurenga returned to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie we […]
Can a past that the present has not yet caught up with […]
At Performa 2015, the Chimurenga Library took the form of a library-of-people, […]
For the first UK presentation, Chimurenga infiltrated The Showroom’s building in the […]
Presented as part of the exhibition Public Intimacy, Chimurenga Library offered a simple system that […]
Chimurenga Library exhibition at …for those who live in it: Pop-culture politics and […]
An introspective of Chimurenga Magazine Presented in and around the Cape Town Central […]
The Library recognises people as knowledge and memory as the art of […]
On January 16, 2001, in the middle of the day, shots are […]
Africa has a long history of comic production that span multiple forms […]
Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question: […]
From January 15 to February 12 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, […]
The Chimurenga Library focuses on how we forge communities, produce and circulate […]
Who invented that piece of nonsense called truth? Tired of truth, I am. And metanarratives and more truth and post colonies. An intellectual world in which each paper rewrites its own perceptual framework; everybody is represented, nobody is real.
Sick, I am, of affirming stories about strong brown women; of being pounded into literary submission; patronised beyond humanity. I miss beginnings, middles and ends. Please bring back the myths and legends – even those ones about wise rabbits and wicked witches.
Somebody has locked themselves in the toilet. The upstairs bathroom is locked and Frank has disappeared with the keys. There is a small riot at the door, as drunk women with smudged lipstick and crooked wigs bang on the door.
There is always that point at a party when people are too drunk to be having fun; when strange smelly people are asleep on your bed; when the good booze runs out and there is only Sedgwick’s Brown Sherry and a carton of sweet white wine;
Bracketed and intersected by 9/11, Mwai Kibaki’s ascent to power, Kenya’s post-election violence, and Barak Obama’s election; written primarily during Binyavanga Wainaina’s residence in the US, or at least away from Kenya; set in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and the US; and marked by sounds from Congo, South Africa and the US, along with the Kenyan benga; and shifting, frequently, between the confessional and the ethnographic, the nativist and the cosmopolitan, the national and the postnational, how might one describe where One Day I Will Write About This Place lives as it travels?
By Binyavanga Wainaina (Winner of The Caine Prize 2002) Chapter one THERE […]
by Binyavanga Wainaina I meet Alex at breakfast in Accra. He is […]
Billy Kahora on Binyavanga Wainaina’s Work I had two first meetings with […]
by Binyavanga Wainaina Rule 1 Be the richest man in your country […]
For the first time in a week, a feeble sun reveals itself. […]
Stories and sounds from the Swahili coast… sampling Binyavanga Wainaina’s How to Write about […]
In his first novel, and in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, Kojo Laing talks to a future Ghana by exposing its present, full of the jargons and certainties of one dimensional nation building.
Please join us for the book launch of ‘Sankomota: An Ode in […]
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 PM Keleketla! Library,6 Verwey Street, Troyeville, […]
The Pan African Space Station will host DUMAMA & KECHOU for an […]
“Perhaps outside of Fela’s Egypt 80, very few music bands have managed […]
Pan African Space Station hosts Pungwe Sound Trails with @machirirobert Thursday, 06 […]
From 11 -13 April, as part of an exhibition hosted by Monash […]
PASS founder, a composer and musician Neo Muyanga highlights the currents and […]
From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live […]
On 1 October 2009, Pan African Space Station hosted Udaba at The […]
In April 2018, PASS welcomed back Georgia Anne Muldrow and her […]
In his new book, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black […]
In pirating the head of Queen Idia to use it as a logo for Festac 77 , proposes another dissonant route that challenges the very idea of the work of art as unique object.
Was Festac 77 curated by Esu Elegba? Akin Adesokan’s faction explores art […]
Native Maqari and Keziah Jones Villa Medici channel Fela take on on […]
Kodwo Eshun discusses selected paragraphs of music criticism, taking in Kim Gordon’s […]
by Thabo Jijana On December 13, 2016, in Salem Party Club v […]
For me knowledge is very powerful. Any knowledge has claws and teeth. If you don’t see the teeth and the claws then it is useless, then somebody has emasculated it.
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.
First and foremost, an artistic secretion (the magical respiration of an entire generation of young Congolese), the Wenge generation’s most emblematic creation, a form of humour and a playful ape-like mimicry. The outpouring of Kinshasa, city of dreams, city of turmoil.
par Achille Mbembe La France est un vieux pays fier de ses […]
an excerpt from ‘Lindela (the winnie suite)’ by Dominique Malaquais car, maps, […]
Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from […]
The New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics announced Chimurenga […]
WHITE WOMEN’S TEARS – plenty flowed at the launch of the first […]
From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed […]
– Ntone Edjabe A few years ago, while researching the political history […]
Izithunywa Zohlanga’s art is the art of combat because it assumes responsibility, and because it is the will to liberty expressed in terms of time and space.
The new addition of the Chronic asks: What is the African imagination […]
“Dislocation” is how Congolese rumba historians describe the incessant splinterings that are […]
Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman sit down to talk about the temporal […]
A Manifesto/ Meditation on State of Black Archives in America and throughout the Diaspora by Harmony Holiday
Thousands of Africans, physically displaced and economically disabled by postcolonial dis-order, confront […]
By Stacy Hardy My cover is easy. There are a million roles […]
By Roberto Alajmo Background: The ship Mendelsshon—referring to an NGO, and having […]
by Moses Marz Elected four times as mayor of Palermo over a period […]
How can we think about bodies and circulation without deferring to the […]
Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman sit down to talk about the temporal […]
On October 15, 1987, Burkinabe revolutionary idealist and Pan-Africanist, Thomas Sankara was […]
Unify us don’t divide us unify us don’t divide us Unify us […]
The capacity to decide who can move, who can settle, where and […]
Deji Toye looks at the legacy of arts funding in Nigeria and […]
All my life, I wanted to be either a writer or a […]
And now for an important travel advisory. Planning to visit Johannesburg or […]
For over a decade, the man born as Elliot Josephs terrorised Cape […]
An Essay by Achal Prabhala At some point in the 1980s – […]
FOUR GROUND-BREAKING THINGS IN FIVE ISSUES OF CIVIL LINES OR, WAYS TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE POSTCOLONIAL SAND
an essay by Vivek Narayanan [Note: while preparing this piece, I benefited greatly […]
July 2008 The premiere issue of Black Images: A Critical Quarterly of Black […]
Spearman… Lance Spearman – the name synonymous with the intrepid hero of […]
by Nancy Rose Hunt Beginning nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, Kinshasa […]
by Peter James Hudson November 2010 Spear: Canada’s Truth and Soul Magazine launched […]
An Essay by Lesego RampolokengMay 2008 Down from a couple years beyond […]
An Essay by Ivan VladislavićMarch 2008 I joined Ravan Press as a […]
An Essay by Mike Abraham2008 Germiston station has a very long platform. […]
One can argue that great literary works are rarely about good sentences […]
an excerpt from Myriem by Boris Boubacar Diop … Fire embassies, it […]
Forgive me if the facts are screwed, Y days were heady and chaotic. I […]
This and other stories available in the new issue of […]
—— THE INVENTION OF […]
Chirikure Chirikure means “that which is far is very far.” He is […]
From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed […]
Tinashe Mushakavanhu talks about his mapping project, “Home Means Nothing to Me,” […]
We give thanks and praise to enigmatic, innovative seer and composer-band leader […]
She eyed me. A thing wet around her eyes, like water from the evening rain. Lateef, she said, an incurable emphasis on both syllables: Lah-teef.
Year of the Rat Marc Anthony Richardson FC2/ University of Alabama Press, […]
The Chimurenga Library is an ongoing invention into knowledge production and the […]
In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing, a challenge to what he laments as our literary Sahara.
The president’s portrait holds a venerable position in post-independence Zimbabwe. Not unlike […]
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Join us in welcoming the new issue of Chronic with Kudzanai Chiurai, […]
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“Sound is defined by vibrations that travel through the air or another […]
In Shona cosmology, people are understood to be more than the sum […]
14 November 2017. News breaks of a coup d’état underway in Zimbabwe. […]
Kibafika Kakudji On 29 January 2018, the day after I turned 40, […]
Silence and dark humour seem like the most authentic way for people […]
MAMADOU DIALLO All of our current texts in English or French were, […]
Review by GWEN ANSELL October: The story of the Russian revolution China […]
Mamadou Diallo channels Carlos Moore, the exiled Cuban who traversed most of […]
Ranga Mberi travels back in musical time to the 1980s and 1990s, […]
A CONVERSATION WITH NORA CHIPAUMIRE Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and based in New […]
The history of reggae in Zimbabwe echoes far beyond Bob Marley’s historic […]
National Heroes Acre II Photographs by Jekesai Njikizanava National Heroes Acre II […]
Bongani Kona Who or what haunts you? Do recurrences draw you back […]
Panashe Chigumadzi travels to the rural Zimbabwe of her ancestors, onto land […]
Zimbabwe’s economic crises have played out in the press, in political and […]
Kiluanji Kia Henda After several years working as a visual artist with […]
Ibrahima Wane Translated by David Leye When it was published by Présence […]
While French colonialism was at its zenith, the first quarter of the […]
Ayesha Harruna Attah recounts a voyage of discovery that begins from a […]
Sumesh Sharma traces the circuitous roots of Afro-Asiatic history, from the world’s […]
News of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s imminent ouster from office continues to […]
by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga Since the 1970s, Zimbabweans have used the term […]
Zidane watched the Berlin sky, not thinking of anything, a white sky […]
Maverick Serbian filmmaker, Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground), talks with […]
We make our own maps tracing the new trade routes for the […]
Grant Farred produces a Derridean reading of Zidane’s world-stopping head butt.
Zinedine Zidane has described him as “the greatest footballer of all” and […]
Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parenno’s ambitious 2006 cinematic collaboration, Zidane, a 21st […]
Writing with a view from Yaoundé, Kangsen Wakai tracks football star George […]
Writing just after the 2011 Africa Cup of Nations, Achille Mbembe* looks […]
The Chimurenga Library is a research platform that seeks to re-imagine the […]
Jazz was crucial to South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile‘s most influential idea: […]
May 2008 Down from a couple years beyond 30/30. it was the […]
by Keorapetse Kgositsile Keynote address from the Culture and Resistance Symposium (1982) […]
by Keorapetse Kgositsile Returning home, even though just for a short visit, […]
Sony Labou Tansi À Ngalamulume, le Kinois « Nazalaka moluba. Et je […]
The Pan African Space Station/Chimurenga Library at La Colonie, Paris 13 December […]
The Corpse Exhibition and older graphic stories – a special issue of […]
Emmanuel Iduma in conversation with photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi On a number of […]
Hugh Masekela (talking to Mothobi Mutloatse) I remember we use to live […]
Amabhulu amnyama andenzel’ i-worry, Amabhulu amanyama andenzel’ i-worry andenzel’ indlala (White-blacks are […]
by Tunde Giwa Growing up in post civil-war Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, in […]
Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi, was born in Kinshasa, in 1974. His country […]
Dominique Malaquais Goddy Leye nous a quittés. C’était le 19 février 2011, […]
One cannot avoid that vocabulary of hyper-inflation of much contemporary cultural or […]
A conversation with Jackie Karuti by Bongani Kona Jackie Karuti (1987) is […]
Helen Teede is a Zimbabwean painter based in Harare. She left the […]