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Corpse Exhibition

In Hassan Blassim’s short story, The Corpse Exhibition, terrorism is no longer reliant on acts of violence but rather their aesthetic presentation and its transmission via media. The display of corpses throughout a city must be achieved purposefully, with subtlety, elegance. These are the rules.   THE MASTER ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 20 1. […]

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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. His name is Mboua Massock. He […]

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Why Ethiopia won the World Cup in 2034

Deji Bryce Olukotun recalls the arc of history-in-the-making that results in a meteoric rise in the fortunes of Ethiopia and more pertinently, its national football squad.   2016 The Ethiopian national team finishes with its worst showing ever in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, scoring no goals and securing no points. Across the seas, US […]

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The Making of Mannenberg

By John Edwin Mason On a winter’s day in 1974, a group of musicians led by Abdullah Ibrahim (or Dollar Brand, as most still knew him) entered a recording studio on Bloem Street, in the heart of Cape Town, and emerged, hours later, having changed South African music forever. Together, they had created “Mannenberg”, a song […]

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The Way I See It: We Need New Myths

By Shabaka Hutchings Probing the musical narratives of jazz and hip-hop, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings plays outside the time signatures common to diasporan interpretation and orthodox analysis. Moving beyond the value systems and invisible hierarchies that shape understanding and impose context, he imagines another sonic architecture. A phrase from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, “moving the […]

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