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Keorapetse Kgositsile on Johnny Dyani

Jazz was crucial to South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile‘s most influential idea: his sense of a worldwide African diaspora united by an ear for a certain quintessentially black sound. He wrote of the black aesthetic he pursued and celebrated: “There is nothing like art—in the oppressors sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative […]

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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 age of cerebral haemorrhage. The oppression monster was thirsty. YET tabloids were in flight on slaughtered chicken-wings, darkest science witchcraft… Could only track rites of human sacrifice… caught between bullet & gullet, turn to what? It came from that time when the mind […]

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Culture And Resistance In South Africa

by Keorapetse Kgositsile Keynote address from the Culture and Resistance Symposium (1982) held in Gaborone, Botswana A few years ago a fellow South African writer asked me to explain to him how people like la Guma and I could be in the Movement but still manage to write novels and poems. And I replied, with […]

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Crossing Borders Without Leaving

by Keorapetse Kgositsile Returning home, even though just for a short visit, for the first time in twenty-nine years, as John Oliver Killens might have put it, is a humdinger. Jan Smuts Airport is a seemingly huge, clean, efficient monstrosity. Its size is more shadow than substance, though. No huge nothing about it. Monstrosity, yes. […]

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Le sexe de Matonge

Sony Labou Tansi À Ngalamulume, le Kinois « Nazalaka moluba. Et je peux te garantir que la Baluba est la seule femme qui est restée au Zaïre. J’entends la seule femme sur tous les plans : nous faisons bien la cuisine, nous aimons nos bébés, nous nous habillons du tonnerre, nous marchons du tonnerre, et […]

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