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A DREAMSCAPE OF ASTONISHMENT

Look at us! We have overcome apartheid! We have not walked through minefields and lost limbs or died, but we have overcome apartheid!

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THE FASTEST TITLER IN AMERICA

Je suis un écrivain Japonais (I Am a Japanese Writer)

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Somewhere between a scream and a lullaby

In a city where the boundaries between life and death are laid bare, artists are birthing new spaces for dreaming ‘other ways of breathing’. Stacy Hardy reports from Kinshasa.

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Jah Hills by Unathi Slasha (Black Ghost Books, 2017)

Jah Hills is alone in the Kwafindoda bush, waiting for the elders […]

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Breather’s Night

I love you,
I put my hands over your eyes
I bind you
to my blood

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Did You Kiss the Dead Body?

The act of creation is one that cannot be quantified, or harnessed towards productive and concrete ends, but nonetheless it effects social change . . .

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50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria

Es’kia Mphahlele and the Anti-Apartheid Association of Nigeria

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Unchain the art

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

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LISTEN: ‘WAR CHORALE’ BY BHEKI KHOZA

‘War Chorale’, composed and directed by Bheki Khoza is a musical exploration into the slipperiness of history, love and memory, and the nearly invisible line that separates fiction from reality.

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You Look Illegal

A mediation on skin, violence, and the limits of citizenship in a […]

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Woza Moya

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

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Cover Story

He’s been described as the “founding father of African literature”, an author […]

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Guilt Trips

Kai Friese interrogates the colonial fantasy that lives on in the sententious philanthropy of ethical tourism.

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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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Not in My Neighborhood Film Screening

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 PM Keleketla! Library,6 Verwey Street, Troyeville, […]

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PASS presents DUMAMA & KECHOU ft. MADALA ‘BAFO’ KUNENE

The Pan African Space Station will host DUMAMA & KECHOU for an […]

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‎Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay

“Perhaps outside of Fela’s Egypt 80, very few music bands have managed […]

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Pungwe Sound Trails Live On PASS

Pan African Space Station hosts Pungwe Sound Trails with @machirirobert Thursday, 06 […]

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PASS is going to Australia!

From 11 -13 April, as part of an exhibition hosted by Monash […]

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P.A.S.S. HARARE

From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed […]

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Dislocations in the Congolese World of Sound

“Dislocation” is how Congolese rumba historians describe the incessant splinterings that are […]

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TO REFUSE THAT WHICH HAS BEEN REFUSED TO YOU

Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman sit down to talk about the temporal […]

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EVERY JOURNEY IS A READING

By Stacy Hardy My cover is easy. There are a million roles […]

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AT HOME WITH ZEBULON DREAD/SWAMI SITARAM

For over a decade, the man born as Elliot Josephs terrorised Cape […]

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The Impossible Death of an African Crime Buster

Spearman… Lance Spearman – the name synonymous with the intrepid hero of […]

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Myriem

an excerpt from Myriem by Boris Boubacar Diop … Fire embassies, it […]

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Home draft July

——                  THE INVENTION OF […]

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Home Means Nothing to Me

Tinashe Mushakavanhu talks about his mapping project, “Home Means Nothing to Me,” […]

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Chimurenga Library on Circulations

The Chimurenga Library is an ongoing invention into knowledge production and the […]

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kill me already – a letter from Luanda

Kiluanji Kia Henda After several years working as a visual artist with […]

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Zidane’s Melancholy

Zidane watched the Berlin sky, not thinking of anything, a white sky […]

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New Trade Routes: Soccer Cities

We make our own maps tracing the new trade routes for the […]

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To Defend and to Question

Zinedine Zidane has described him as “the greatest footballer of all” and […]

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Zidane, a 21st century portrait

Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parenno’s ambitious 2006 cinematic collaboration, Zidane, a 21st […]

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A Secret History of Mr. George Weah

Writing with a view from Yaoundé, Kangsen Wakai tracks football star George […]

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Staffriding the Frontline – An Essay by Lesego Rampolokeng

May 2008 Down from a couple years beyond 30/30. it was the […]

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The Divine World of Making Things with My Hands

A conversation with Jackie Karuti by Bongani Kona Jackie Karuti (1987) is […]

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Some African Cultural Concepts By Steve Biko

  This is a paper given by Steve at a conference called […]

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The Hunger Games

In an age of security, the politics of what and how we […]

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Dear President Museveni

By Isaac Otidi Amuke I have debated about writing this for days, in […]

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Pan African Activism Meets Mamdanisation

Theory and practice have been butting heads at Makerere University’s Institute of […]

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Bread of Life

Commercial bread contains additives to accelerate production and to improve the look […]

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Calabar Winch

By Akin Adesokan I When the goddess of happy accidents stumbles on […]

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Rented Grave: Looking beyond the rural-urban dichotomy

Commonplace readings of Africa narrate the village as a segregated space, its […]

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You Can’t Get Lost in the Samoosa Triangle*

By Rustum Kozain The triangle is geometry’s favourite form. Circles, rectangles, squares, […]

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Marikana

On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on […]

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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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Corpse Exhibition

In Hassan Blassim’s short story, The Corpse Exhibition, terrorism is no longer reliant on […]

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A Long History of Prince’s Hairstyles

By Gary Card     This Illustration features in the July 2014 […]

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Reform and Revolution: The Destruction of the University

In the fall of 2015, universities across South Africa were engulfed by […]

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Preliminary Notes for a Mediterranean Manifesto

By Rasheed Araeen Once the Mediterranean becomes a great centre of communication, of […]

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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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Ayinde Barrister: Tribute to a True Exponent

By Akin Adekosan The setting was a night party somewhere in Old […]

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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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It Can Only Go Up From Here

By Nisreen Kaj   For a long time, I was sure Lebanon was […]

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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 Map

Co-founded in 1960 by Bechir Ben Yahmed, the weekly magazine Jeune Afrique […]

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On the Meaning of the Timbuktu Manuscripts

By Shamil Jeppe Timbuktu is symbolic. I mean it’s a place, but […]

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Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard

A Story About Cape Town’s Tanzanian Stowaways By Sean Christie Images by David […]

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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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Calling Mrs Museveni

A Letter from Kampala By Kalundi Serumaga ‘I want to talk to […]

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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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Authority Stealing in Nigeria

Akin Adesokan confronts the ‘real world of Nigerian politics’ and comes to […]

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The Scandal

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

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How the Attacks were Planned

 by Maris Gabriela Carrinho Aragao This map features in the Burnin’ and A-Lootin’ section […]

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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 Last King of Africa

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

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Creative Industries as Underdevelopment

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

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African War Machines

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

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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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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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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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AF 888

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

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Palestine Journey

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

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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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Masquerade

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

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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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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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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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“Nice Nice” Will Get You Nowhere

Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan photographer who pulls no punches in using […]

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A Brief History of Presidential Libraries

by Stacy Hardy Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire and George Pompidou were friends […]

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Will the Centre Hold?

In South Africa’s platinum belt, life and politics are as hard-scrabble as […]

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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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Fifty Years Of African Decolonisation

by Achille Mbembe (translated by Karen Press)   Here we are in 2010, fifty […]

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In Praise of Complexity

by Martin Kimani  Adéwálé Àjàdí is a contrary brother striving to live based […]

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Translations – A Call For Proposals

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

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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 Home

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

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Paris-Algiers, Underground Class

by Mustapha Benfodil  It’s romance landed me this job. I am a mailman […]

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I Travel with the Dead

Sudirman Adi Makmur spends an inordinate amount of time alone or in the […]

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The Last Angel of History

Filmmaker, theorist and co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) John […]

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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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Setting The Pace is a Small Town’s Big Business

The ‘mystique’ of the Kenyan long-distance runner is to be found not […]

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Fuzzy Goo’s Guide (to the Earth)

Playing with words, the original Black Heretic Insider Dambudzo Marechera writes his own rulebook […]

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Even the Dead

Jeremy Cronin reports of corrupt apartheid-era games; questioning our (in)ability to remember the […]

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Nothing but… Grobbelaar

A line-up of football stories wouldn’t be complete without Simon Kuper. In a […]

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Ready, Willing & Able

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

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Shoes

Shoeless and bible blacked, Sandile Dikeni recounts childhood kickabouts on uneven playing fields […]

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You’re… Terminated

Under the parental shadow of Table Mountain, children play on the streets […]

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Stickfighting Days

A good sport? Olufemi Terry summons up the spirit of (K.Sello Duiker’s) Ah-zoo-ray […]

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A Three Point Shot from Andromeda

When not teaching white boy’s how to shuffle, acting Tuff, or fixing […]

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Say What You Mean

Vocabulary and translation, exercises, games — lessons — from Karen Press for you to get your […]

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Onitsha Republic

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu visits the sprawling city of his childhood in the […]

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Depth of Field

Depth of Field (DOF) collective, a group made up of six Nigerian […]

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Neo Africanus: In Teju Cole’s World

Teju Cole, author of the award winning book Open City, recently announced […]

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I Have Always Meant to Fail

Isoje Chou knows the road is long, winding and full of mythical, […]

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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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When We Hear the Name of President

Nigerian poet Tanure Ojaide evokes a language of high stakes, hi-jinx, and […]

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George Osodi

George Osodi is a photographer from “the oil-rich Niger Delta region”. His images […]

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Lagos Underground

In the 1930s, Harry Beck published a map of the London Underground […]

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Lagos: A Pilgrimage in Notations

Having lived away from Nigeria for most of his adult life – […]

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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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Altourism – Where Altruism Meets Adventure

Post Kony fall-out fatigue? Relax, pack a bag and take a break in other […]

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Laugh it Off

From: “Mandisi Majavu” To: chimurenga@panafrican.co.za Subject: laugh it off/young capitalists/samething? Below is […]

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Interactions: A Strategy of Difference and Repetition

Interactions Interactions is an edited excerpt from filmmaker, writer and artist Aryan […]

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The story of a South African firm

In this edited extract from their book, Ethnicity, Inc., Jean and John […]

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The First Lady Syndrome

Mama Chantal Biya Yves Mintoogue* traces the nepotism and political patronage that […]

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Manufacturing the post-election peace: A reporter’s 2013 election diary

Parselelo Kantai watches as NGOs, the media and the state rally together […]

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A Civil Society Of African States

Paula Akugizibwe assumes observer status at the African Union and finds the […]

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Che

First published in 1968 in Buenos Aires, the biography of Ernesto “Che” […]

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America Will Always Blame…

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

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Howl Marikana

Announcing his intentions with a howl that echoes Ginsberg, Aryan Kaganof offers […]

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Dead Cow Spreads Fear and Rumour in Lagos Suburb

Jide Adebayo Begun reports from Lagos. On 9 May the residents of […]

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Dance of the Infidels presents: Nollywood Confidential

starring: Zeb Ejiro, Ajoke Jacobs, Tunde Kelani, and Aquila Njamah Andy learned […]

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Godhead

Excerpted from Godhead, Ho Che Anderson‘s science fiction novel. A kind of class struggle […]

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Three Men, A Fence & A Dead Body

Sean O’Toole travels to the northern reaches of Limpopo where South Africa […]

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Everyday is for the Thief

An excerpt from Teju Cole‘s novella exploring the spectrum of crimes, wrongdoings, misdemeanours, International […]

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I Smoked A Spliff With Jesus Christ

I smoked a spliff with Jesus Christ last night. Then leaned over […]

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WHO’S CALLING?

Parker Bilal is the pen-name of Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London and […]

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Who Killed Christopher Okigbo

1.Night/Outside At sea. Mythic times There is a storm. We see wooden […]

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Guns, Girls and Gentle People

The Afflicted Yard proudly proclaims that it is “A non-registered member of […]

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Pulp!

In the Indian hinterland, crimes of passion happen every single day, and […]

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A Fieldguide for Female Interrogators

by Coco Fusco (illustrations: Dan Turner)     This graphic story previously […]

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What’s Next

Socially conscious rhymes and hipster swag; sexy dance moves and magical mbira; […]

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Home and away

Niq Mhlongo recently launched his new book Way Back Home in his […]

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The way back home

There are many ways back home. In South African novelist Niq Mhlongo‘s […]

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Way Back Home excerpt

South African novelist Niq Mhlongo has been hailed as a spokesperson for […]

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The Way Back Home Article

The Way Back Home On the death of a close relative, Niq […]

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Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)

Photographs by Rotimi Fani-Kayode. These photos first appeared in print in Chimurenga Vol. 4: Black […]

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We Used To Dance

Sandile Dikeni reviews We Used To Dance, an album from Andile Yenana.   Listen. […]

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Relaxing

Okello Sam, a dance and theatre artist (amongst other things), examines the […]

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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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Moses’ outro

Does life begin at 40? That’s the time signature Moses Taiwa Molelekwa […]

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Ten paragraphs of Music Criticism

More Brilliant Than the Sun? Kodwo Eshun discusses ten paragraphs of music criticism. […]

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The night Moses died (Parts one and two)

The night Moses died (Part one) by Nicole Turner   The night […]

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Kin La Belle

Yvonne Owuor takes a pilgrimage to Kin La Belle and finds a […]

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To Be or Not To Bop

 To Be or Not To Bop by Amiri Baraka   I was […]

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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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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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Bra Tebs talks

Was Bra Tebs’ “4 Blokes & 1 Doll” show the highlight of Cape […]

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Diary Of A Bad Year

Diary Of A Bad Year: President Mbeki’s Letters to the Nation by […]

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All Roads Lead to Hendrix

Greg Tate‘s epic Hendrixian map hyperlinked to the hilt.  As all roads […]

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Walking through walls

Eyal Weizman reports on military tactics known as ‘walking through walls’ where […]

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When history is suspended

(In memory of Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave) by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa  I […]

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Must You Stage an Escape?

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

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San Pedro V: The Hope I Hope

Identity, politics, rock ‘n roll, soap operas and sentimental songs; humor, hysteria and […]

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New Bushs Old Ghosts

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

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The Afflicted Yard: The Rock

In 2004, the famously anonymous British artist Banksy visited Jamaica, and met Peter Dean Rickards, […]

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EU fortifies its mission on North African frontline

Supported by Libya and Tunisia, the European Union is ringing the Mediterranean […]

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Migration Business is Good Business

Jean-Christophe Servant argues that while Africa is being welcomed into the pool […]

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Secret Cities

Göran Dahlberg writes that cities in and of themselves are becoming more […]

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La Frontera

Klas Lundström finds himself in an isolated corner of the Amazon jungle […]

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Salut Deleuze!

Culled from a comic book tribute to, and intellectual biography of, Gilles Deleuze […]

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An Introduction to Arithmetic Sorcery

Cyclonopedia – Complicity with Anonymous Materials (re.press, 2008), a “theoretical-fiction novel” by Iranian […]

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The Life and Death of Media

There are thousands of people who are paid to invent and publicise […]

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The Boys are Doin’ it!

Fela is dead and so is his anti-materialist political message. Modern Afropop […]

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Uncertainty in Cuba after the Death of Hugo Chávez

As the world bids adiós to Hugo Chávez, Ivan García (of Desde La Habana) reports on […]

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Moving ‘White Man’s Deads’ is no second hand business

With no right to protection from the states between which they trade […]

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52 Niggers

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

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The Death of Jacob Dlamini

Political analyst, Jacob Dlamini, argues that the death of another so named […]

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The Test

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

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Under the rainbow rays

Dathini Mzayiya‘s new exhibition Onder die reёnboog strale (Under the rainbow rays […]

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SporeDust is a young animation studio, still a rare species in the […]

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  President Abdoulaye Wade recently claimed intellectual property rights of the “African […]

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Ugandan journalist and activist, Kalundi Serumaga, reflects on his time as a political […]

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