The Nigerian superstar bandleader Fela Anikulapo-Kuti hosted a covert summit meeting in the summer of 1977.
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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 […]
On January 16, 2001, in the middle of the day, shots are […]
Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question: […]
Tired of truth, I am. And metanarratives and more truth and post colonies.
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.
Keguro Macharia asks 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) Cape Town – June, […]
by Binyavanga Wainaina (photographs by Philippe Niorthe) I meet Alex at breakfast […]
Billy Kahora on Binyavanga Wainaina’s Work
Binyavanga Wainaina presents 16 Rules for Big Man aspirations
Binyavanga Wainaina charts the aesthetics of black hair, beership and Rumba, via the Atlantic passage.
Stories and sounds from the Swahili coast… sampling Binyavanga Wainaina’s How to Write about Africa.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Year of the Rat Marc Anthony Richardson FC2/ University of Alabama Press, […]
The Chimurenga Library is an ongoing invention into knowledge production and the […]
Farai Mudzingwa writes about the power vested within the four corners of the presidential portrait, and the struggle not only to dislodge the presidential image, but also to claim it, to frame it anew.
Join us in welcoming the new issue of Chronic with Kudzanai Chiurai, […]
“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 […]
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 […]
This speech was delivered at 9:10 am on September 11, 1973, in […]
by Willem Boshoff Aa albocracy Government by “white” men or Europeans. The […]
This is a paper given by Steve at a conference called […]
It seeks to infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook to life.
by Keorapetse William Kgositsile Some years back, when writers like Ngũgĩ wa […]
by Taban Lo Liyong [from Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs ] 1 Bill […]
Chimurenga returned to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie we […]
The preparation of fufu is a far from the drudgery and waste of time bemoaned by the World Bank.
Student movements in many African countries have historically confronted contradictions of colonial and post-colonial rule. In Kenya, these movements sent generations of young people into the streets, underground, into exile or death.
Available editions include: Chimurenga 6: “Orphans of Fanon” (2004) Chimurenga 7: “Kaapstad! (and Jozi, […]
In the pre-Apocalypse, Zayaan Khan nurses the Apartheid hangover that carved up […]
Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town.
Recorded live at Chimurenga HQ, Cape Town, in February 2017
Against the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit and the management […]
Jamaican-born poet, musician and visual artist Femi Dawkins a.k.a. Jimmy Rage, explores pain […]
Can a past that the present has not yet caught up with […]
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.
Yemisi Aribisala rails against the new fundamentalism cresting the wave of global feminism sweeping Nigeria. She challenges the gender imperialism implicit in its aspiration to uniform ideas of celebrity, power, erudition and beauty.
By Baudouin Mouanda Topaze is available in print as part of […]
By Peter James Hudson They say that Valladolid was the only town […]
Katherine and Elridge Cleaver (Algiers, 1970) Ethel Sharriff […]
[…]For over a decade Louis Moholo has been the only surviving member […]
By Simon Kuper Every year, in an election you may have missed, […]
Lolade Adewuyi profiles one of the continent’s most successful football coaches – […]
In a brief history of women’s football on the continent, Shina Oludari […]
Playing football at the highest level in South Africa requires as much […]
As listening trends move rapidly to the online interface, the knowing of […]
Rustum Kozain dishes up some definitives on the many incarnations of curry […]
By Stephane Akoa (translated by Karen Press) Avoir la godasse: avoir le […]
By Agri Ismaïl “World finance had, in 2008, a near-death experience.” The […]
Fucking with the puritanical social mores that pervade the world’s most religious […]
Akin Adesokan writes in exaltation of the game of tennis, the sheer […]
Tony Mochama goes galactic for a little bump and grind, gives a […]
By Emmanuel Iduma Founded in 2009 by a group of Nigerian photographers […]
By Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi In June 1991, Krydz Ikwuemesi, then a third-year art student […]
In late 2012, two contemporary art exhibitions opened in the same country, […]
Reliving his personal journey to developing a passion for the game, Bongani […]
Stacy Hardy recounts seventeen stories of the hierarchies, the anti-heroes, the hard […]
Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the uncharacteristic journey through a “noisy era” of […]
By Paula Akugizibwe and Mehari Maru Mehari Maru is an Addis Ababa-based […]
The Chronic interviewed Raila Amollo Odinga at his Karen residence on the […]
By Jon Soske The United Nation’s release of the agreement stipulating the […]
By Danny Laferiere America owes an enormous amount to Third World youth. I’m […]
By Julian Jonker First, a warning. The writer approaching the intersections and digressions […]
Sean Jacobs mediates the tensions between local pleasure, global capital and cultural […]
John Peffer scans the photographic styles that image a black South African […]
By Paula Akugizibwe Jesus waits in the swimming pool. The tenth commandment […]
Q&A with Mahmood Mamdani Chronic: Your book Define and Rule: Native as […]
The role of art and literature in countries of the Horn of […]
Paul Goldsmith traces the sonics of Islam in Kenya and questions if […]
By Sandile Dikeni The grass in Queenstown was pink in 1996. Or, […]
By Stacy Hardy Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’far al-Mansur, the founder of the ancient city of […]
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.
Needless to say, Françafrique was not the only constellation of capital and culture on offer at the time of African political independence.
Cape Town is a city with a waiting list of more than 450,000 families for low-cost housing, but delivering about 11,000 units a year and criminalising those who attempt to put up their own structures.
Authenticity counts for something; the confidence that authenticity bestows counts for even more.
I am hungry. Tempted. In pain. I reach for the pack. Pop out another capsule. One minute. Ten minutes. Twenty minutes. The pain has reduced to a dull throbbing. I am floating.
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.
by Stacy Hardy. In 1921, the independent Polish scholar Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski […]
LGBT Africa held two truths: you fuck, you die.
Whether immigrating, emigrating or just passing through, Africans suffer among the greatest indignities of cross-border travel, abroad and on the continent. Paula Akugizibwe recounts how the hand-me-down tools of divide and rule perpetuate the abuse.
byAchal Prabhala Part 1: Elliot Josephs Elliot Josephs was born in 1958 […]
A special German-language edition of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic is […]
Exactly twenty five years ago today, Salman Rushdie received an unusual Valentine: a […]
by Akin Adesokan “You reckon a guy just goes and cuts […]
Amiri Baraka, militant man of letters, leader of the 1960s Black […]
This call is published in the December 2013 edition […]
Maakomele R. Manaka revisits a soundtrack of his dreams, long and rhythmic […]
Naeem Mohaiemen reviews Vivek Bald’s Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of […]
Jon Soske struggles to pin down Hamid Parsani, the elusive, mercurial Iranian archaeologist, […]
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 05:43:12 -0700 (PDT) From: “Laura Bush” <email@example.com> […]
by E. C. Osondu My Dear Son, Why have you not been […]
by Akin Adesokan One is an African writer, or rather one becomes […]
Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño muses on writing, borders, Latin American literature and the […]
Teju Cole takes a break from Twitter to speak to Sean O’Toole […]
Yemisi Aribisala explores, with mixed emotions, the enduring opportunism of a Nigerian elite that ensures that generations of children claim US birthright. Despite the assumed status that goes with being born “abroad”, the American dream, she argues, is in fact only a Nigerian backup plan.
The new edition of pan African quarterly, the Chronic, offers forays into […]
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In an attempt to dispel the myth that renders black golfers as […]
Peter Enahoro a.k.a. Peter Pan’s How To Be A Nigerian was first […]
Akin Adesokan tropes on the detective genre after he stumbles on an […]