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An Essay on Uneven Ribs: a Prelude

by Taban Lo Liyong [from Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs ] 1 Bill […]

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Download Chimurenga Magazine

Available editions include: Chimurenga 6: “Orphans of Fanon” (2004) Chimurenga 7: “Kaapstad! (and Jozi, […]

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Dagga

Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town.

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Debt and Study

Against the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit and the management […]

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Screaming Through the Galaxy

Jamaican-born poet, musician and visual artist Femi Dawkins a.k.a. Jimmy Rage, explores pain […]

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Monumental Failures

Dominique Malaquais reports from Cameroon on the active objection of one ‘Combattant’ to the negation of many, cast in stone. Decrying these monumental symbols to the least salubrious of colonial exploits, his rebellion is most fitting in a country that stands on ceremony other than its own.

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How Third World Students Liberated the West

In a twist to mainstream tropes of radical student movements of the 1960s, and their impact on the history of political thought and action, Pedro Monaville argues that the terrains of the Third World, and particularly the history of student movements in Congo, are vital to explore if we are to makes sense of how that period informs the present.

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Topaze

By Baudouin Mouanda     Topaze is available in print as part of […]

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Valladolid is not Spain, but it is

By Peter James Hudson They say that Valladolid was the only town […]

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Gordon Parks Photo Essay

Katherine and Elridge Cleaver (Algiers, 1970)         Ethel Sharriff […]

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The Sound of Freedom

[…]For over a decade Louis Moholo has been the only surviving member […]

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Shift The Goalposts Of Disadvantage

By Simon Kuper Every year, in an election you may have missed, […]

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Ready, Willing and Able

Lolade Adewuyi profiles one of the continent’s most successful football coaches – […]

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Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana Dominate Women’s Football

In a brief history of women’s football on the continent, Shina Oludari […]

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‘YOU DON’T GET PAID FOR SOCCER IN SOUTH AFRICA’

Playing football at the highest level in South Africa requires as much […]

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Liner Notes

As listening trends move rapidly to the online interface, the knowing of […]

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The Curry Chronicles, Part 1

Rustum Kozain dishes up some definitives on the many incarnations of curry […]

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CAMFRANGLAIS – a lexicon

By Stephane Akoa (translated by Karen Press) Avoir la godasse: avoir le […]

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What We Did After We Lost 100 Years of Wealth

By Agri Ismaïl “World finance had, in 2008, a near-death experience.” The […]

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Gospel Christian Porn Rap

Fucking with the puritanical social mores that pervade the world’s most religious […]

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Roger and Me

Akin Adesokan writes in exaltation of the game of tennis, the sheer […]

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Close encounters at the Florida 1000

Tony Mochama goes galactic for a little bump and grind, gives a […]

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Invisible Borders

By Emmanuel Iduma Founded in 2009 by a group of Nigerian photographers […]

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A Pan African Circle of Artists

By Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi In June 1991, Krydz Ikwuemesi, then a third-year art student […]

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Mining the Biennale

In late 2012, two contemporary art exhibitions opened in the same country, […]

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Boyhood and Transit

Reliving his personal journey to developing a passion for the game, Bongani […]

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Love and Learning Under the World Bank

Stacy Hardy recounts seventeen stories of the hierarchies, the anti-heroes, the hard […]

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A Political Economy of Noise

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the uncharacteristic journey through a “noisy era” of […]

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Q&A with Mehari Taddele Maru

By Paula Akugizibwe and Mehari Maru  Mehari Maru is an Addis Ababa-based […]

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Interview with Raila Odinga

The Chronic interviewed Raila Amollo Odinga at his Karen residence on the […]

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Dear Chimurenga- The India-Pakistan Division

By Jon Soske The United Nation’s release of the agreement stipulating the […]

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A Black Writer Must Write About Sex

By Danny Laferiere America owes an enormous amount to Third World youth. I’m […]

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Melodious Thunk

By Geoff Dyer He didn’t like new things. Like a blind man, […]

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A Silent Way: Routes of South African Jazz, 1946-1978.

By Julian Jonker First, a warning. The writer approaching the intersections and digressions […]

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Soft Power South African Style

Sean Jacobs mediates the tensions between local pleasure, global capital and cultural […]

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Together in the Picture

John Peffer scans the photographic styles that image a black South African […]

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My Life as a Seventh Day Adventist

By Paula Akugizibwe Jesus waits in the swimming pool. The tenth commandment […]

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Land Homeland

Q&A with Mahmood Mamdani Chronic: Your book Define and Rule: Native as […]

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Sounding the Horn on Reconstruction

The role of art and literature in countries of the Horn of […]

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Quiet No more

Paul Goldsmith traces the sonics of Islam in Kenya and questions if […]

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Queenstown

By Sandile Dikeni The grass in Queenstown was pink in 1996. Or, […]

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A Brief History of Monuments

By Stacy Hardy Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’far al-Mansur, the founder of the ancient city of […]

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A Brief History of Mapping

by Stacy Hardy. In 1921, the independent Polish scholar Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski […]

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The cosmic lives and afterlives of Zebulon Dread

byAchal Prabhala Part 1: Elliot Josephs Elliot Josephs was born in 1958 […]

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Read the Chimurenga Chronic in German

A special German-language edition of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic is […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Exactly twenty five years ago today, Salman Rushdie received an unusual Valentine: a […]

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Method After Fela

by Akin Adesokan   “You reckon a guy just goes and cuts […]

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I am a homosexual, Mum by Binyavanga Wainaina

(A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place) […]

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Activist, poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79

  Amiri Baraka, militant man of letters, leader of the 1960s Black […]

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Translations – A Call For Proposals

      This call is published in the December 2013 edition […]

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Woza Moya

Maakomele R. Manaka revisits a soundtrack of his dreams, long and rhythmic […]

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The skin I’m in: Afro-Bengali solidarity and possible futures

Naeem Mohaiemen reviews Vivek Bald’s Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of […]

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‘Nation Is A Skin Stretched Over The Bones Of The State’

Jon Soske struggles to pin down Hamid Parsani, the elusive, mercurial Iranian archaeologist, […]

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A Letter from Laura Bush

Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 05:43:12 -0700 (PDT) From: “Laura Bush” <laurabush@hotmail.com> […]

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A Letter from Home

by E. C. Osondu   My Dear Son, Why have you not been […]

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“I’m Not An African Writer, Damn You!”

by Akin Adesokan One is an African writer, or rather one becomes […]

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Number 11

Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño muses on writing, borders, Latin American literature and the […]

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The Hyphenated African

Teju Cole takes a break from Twitter to speak to Sean O’Toole […]

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Wrestling With A Warlord

Louis Chude-Sokei narrates a story of Nigeria, of splintered identity, of exile, and of the Biafran War and its godfather – his godfather – the military strategist, strongman and celebrated hero, General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

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The Chronic (December 2013)

The new edition of pan African quarterly, the Chronic, offers forays into […]

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Protected: Tawfiq Saleh: To Rise and Fall on One’s Own Terms

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A History of Blacks on the Green

In an attempt to dispel the myth that renders black golfers as […]

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Nigeria’s Superstar Men Of God

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.

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How to be a Nigerian

Peter Enahoro a.k.a. Peter Pan’s How To Be A Nigerian was first […]

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A Corpse and its Jurisdiction – a letter from Lagos

Akin Adesokan tropes on the detective genre after he stumbles on an […]

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Bantu Serenade

an excerpt from ‘Bantu Serenade’ by Ntone Edjabe (featuring Naila Belvett) … […]

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Washing Henry – a letter from New York

by Dave McKenzie As a memento of the process, I received a […]

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The Chronic (August 2013)

Published by Chimurenga, the Chronic is quarterly pan African newspaper that gives […]

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America Will Always Blame…

Rigo 23, born Ricardo Gouveia, is a Portuguese muralist, painter, and political […]

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Graveyards, monuments and African Studies

by Nicole Sarmiento. “I have argued that the problem with this course is […]

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Achebe The Native Intellectual

There Was A Country, Chinua Achebe’s autobiographical account of the Nigerian Civil […]

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Unchain the art

Gwen Ansell maps the distance between words and music, fiction and autobiography, […]

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The anti-art of Kongofuturism

In the multidisciplinary lifework of Bebson Elemba, Eléonore Hellio discovers the mind […]

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Reading Fred Ho

A jazz suite in the key of red Gwen Ansell and Salim […]

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Call for an Archive of AfroSonics

The collective improvisations of black America – and their profound impact on poetry and sound – are near impossible to find in the annals of US academe. In fact, their absence is as stark as the control of archiving is white, writes Harmony Holiday.

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Imprinting Afrosonics

The collective improvisations of black America – and their profound impact on […]

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Beautiful Voices – a call for AstroandAfrosonics recordings

In the spirit of National Poetry Month in America, Harmony Holiday‘s AstroandAfrosonics project […]

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Language Games

For poet Karen Press opposites are already united; they depend on each […]

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Letters to Hillbrow

As part of a walk-in research project inspired by the novels Welcome […]

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Is Biko’s legacy being besmirched?

In October 2002, 25 years since Stephen Bantu Biko‘s death, poet James Matthews penned […]

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Monica Maxwell and Samson Botsotso

 Scamming the scammers? Though a buzzing of charades, of tall tales, of […]

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Must You Stage an Escape?

Stacy Hardy reads the work of two itinerant poets – Johannes Göransson […]

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52 Niggers

By Stacy Hardy. Julius Eastman had a way of walking. He had […]

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The Test

  Read the following text carefully: “Know thyself, thus says the quotation […]

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Sortir de la grande nuit. Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée

Norbert N. Ouendji interviews Achille Mbembe before Afropolitanism (circa 2010) « Sortir de […]

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Felasophy Through the Years: Fond Recollections of Fela Kuti

Growing up in post civil-war Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, in the early seventies, […]

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Calabash Afrobeat Poems

by Dike Okoro Ikwunga Wonodi is not a new face among Afrobeat […]

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African Cities Reader III: Land, Property & Value

The third installment of the Reader explores the unholy trinity of land, property and value – the life force of cities everywhere. In this issue António Andrade Tomás reveals the vice and violence that permeate the act of securing land and home in Luanda;

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African Cities Reader II: Mobilities & Fixtures

The second installment of the Reader is centered on the theme ‘Mobilities and Fixtures’. In this issue Sean O’Toole interviews architect David Adjaye about African cityscapes, snapshot photography and failed utopias;

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African Cities Reader I: Pan-African Practices

In the launch issue Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town (South Africa); Jean-Christophe Lanquetin’s SAPE Project is captured in a pictorial narrative;

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On Circulations and the African Imagination of a Borderless World (October 2018)

What is the African imagination of a borderless world? What are our ideas on territoriality, borders and movement? How to move beyond so-called progressive discourse on “freedom of movement”

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The Invention of Zimbabwe (April 2018)

14 November 2017. News breaks of a coup d’état underway in Zimbabwe. Tanks, armoured vehicles and military personnel are seen patrolling the capital, Harare. The images send shock waves through social media, traditional broadcast news networks and diplomatic channels

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We Make Our Own Food (April 2017)

In this issue, we put food back on the table: to restore the interdependence between the mouth that eats and the mouth that speaks, and to delve deeper into the subtle tactics of resistance and private practices that make food both a subversive art and a site of pleasure.

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The Corpse Exhibition [and Other Graphic Stories] (August 2016)

This issue of Chimurenga’s pan-African quarterly gazette, the Chronic, explores ideas around mythscience, science fiction and graphic storytelling. Like previous editions of the Chronic,

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The Chronic (April 2016)

In the fall of 2015, universities across South Africa were engulfed by fires ignited by students’ discontent with the racial discrimination and colonialism that still defines the country’s institutes of higher education.

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Muzmin (July 2015)

In the minds of many, the Sahara exists as a boundary between the Maghreb and “Black Africa”. History and our lived experience tell a different story. The latest issue of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic,

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New Cartographies (March 2015)

We understand the role of cartography as a tool of imperialism. However, in this edition of the Chronic, we ask: what if maps were made by Africans for their own use, to understand and make visible their own realities or imaginaries?

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The Chronic (July 2014)

For the new issue of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic, the focus is on graphic stories; comic journalism. Blending illustrations, photography, written analysis, infographics, interviews, letters and more, visual narratives speak of everyday complexities in the Africa in which we live.

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The Chronic (December 2013)

This edition of the Chronic, offers forays into interlaced subjects of power, resistance, protest, mobilisation, mobility and belonging. Marked by an urgency to unsettle divides between opportunism and opportunity, life and liberation, here and there, and then and now-now, the newspaper acts as a platform from which to engage the practices, dilemmas and possibilities of different world.

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The Chronic (August 2013)

Writers in the broadsheet include Jon Soske, Paula Akugizibwe, Yves Mintoogue, Adewale Maja-Pearce, Parsalelo Kantai, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, Cedric Vincent, Deji Toye, Derin Ajao, Tony Mochama, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah,Agri Ismaïl, Lindokuhle Nkosi, Bongani Kona, Stacy Hardy, Emmanuel Induma, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Lolade Ayewudi, Simon Kuper and many others.

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The Chronic (April 2013)

A 48-page newspaper and 40-page stand-alone books review magazine featuring writing, art and photography inflected by the workings of innovation, creativity and resistance.

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Chimurenga 16 – The Chimurenga Chronicle (October 2011)

A once-off edition of a speculative, future-forward newspaper that travels back in time to re-imagine the present.

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Chimurenga 15 – The Curriculum Is Everything (June 2010)

Presented in the form of a textbook, Chimurenga 15 simultaneously mimics the structure while gutting it.

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Chimurenga 14 – Everyone Has Their Indian (April 2009)

This issue features words and images on the Third World project and links, real and imagined, between Africa and South Asia.

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Chimurenga 12/13 – Dr Satan’s Echo Chamber (Double-Issue March 2008)

A double-take on sci-fi and speculative writing from the African world, collectively titled “Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber” after a dub mix by King Tubby.

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Chimurenga 11 – Conversations with Poets Who Refuse to Speak (July 2007)

This issue is about silence, disappearing oneself as act. Though it’s often one of abdication, could it be defiance, resistance even?

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Chimurenga 10 – Futbol, Politricks and Ostentatious Cripples (December 2006)

We scope the stadia, markets, ngandas and banlieues to spotlight narratives of love, hate and the wide and deep spectrum of emotions and affiliations that the game of football generates.

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Chimurenga 9 – Conversations in Luanda, and Other Graphic Stories (June 2006)

For this one we trawled the globe for ink artists/wordists to give us their perspectives on love, life and the multiverse.

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Chimurenga 8 – We’re All Nigerian! (December 2005)

An exploration of a love-hate, admiration-envy, awe-disappointment relationship with “Nigerianess”; Features the “last interview”

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Chimurenga 7 – Kaapstad! (and Jozi, the night Moses died) (July 2005)

A collection of musings – in words, images and sounds – from beneath the processed skin of Cape Town, by Gabeba Baderoon, Sandile Dikeni, Julian Jonker,

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Chimurenga 6 – Orphans of Fanon (October 2004)

A series of conversations, real and imagined, on the “pitfalls of national consciousness” by Mustapha Benfodil, Achille Mbembe, Charles Mudede,

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Chimurenga 5 – Head/Body(&Tools)/Corpses (April 2004)

An issue inspired by the life and work of Bessie Head. Including previously unpublished works by Head, and featuring new writing and art by Jean Claude Fignole,

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Chimurenga 4 – Black Gays & Mugabes (May 2003)

On desire and its discontents. Featuring a new adaptation of Yambo Ouologuem erotica, and new works by Kopano Ratele, Kalamu ya Salaam, Gael Reagon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Zackie Achmat,

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Chimurenga 3 – Biko in Parliament (November 2002)

“Mandela was not the only head of state taken in by Koagne. Le king kept snapshots of himself with many a man of power, among them Mobutu Sese Seko and Denis Sassou Nguesso […]

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Chimurenga 2 – Dis-Covering Home [run nigga run] (July 2002)

Home, lost and found. Takes by Mahmood Mamdani, Julian Jonker, Henk Rossouw, Binyavanga Wainaina, Gaston Zossou, Haile Gerima,

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Chimurenga 1 – Music is the Weapon (April 2002)

“…The struggle of black people inevitably appear in an intensely cultural form because the social formation in which their distinct political traditions

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