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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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Che

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

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Death by Memory [of Freedom]; Truth & Reconciliation

A tryptych in honour of Steve Biko. Firstly, Graeme Arendse, as his alter-ego Ramgee, presents In […]

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Who’s Free, Who’s Not, Who Was, Who Wasn’t, and Who’s Dead: And, Are You Sure You Know Which Way Is Up?

A Letter from Istanbul by Ed Pavlic   Trayvon remains underground, to my […]

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Suspect Sammy

A Letter from Toronto by Andrea Meeson   It’s another Monday morning after […]

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Memento Mori

A Letter from Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. When I came home from abroad, […]

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Speech to the Science Graduation Ceremony of the University of Witwatersrand, 2008

Good Evening. I will use my own life history tonight to argue […]

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Home and away

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

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Senselessness

Stacy Hardy reviews the English translation of Horacio Castellanos Moya‘s Senselessness (New Directions, 2008, Katherine […]

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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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Threatening the Hormonal Stability of Imbeciles

Born in Honduras in 1957 and raised in El Salvador, Horacio Castellanos Moya is […]

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Way Back Home excerpt

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

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Name Death & Text

Achille Mbembe unpicks the assassination, disfigurement, and attempted degrading of Ruben Um Nyobè.   Ruben Um […]

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Damballah

Audio/visuals from AfroSonics-sis, Harmony Holiday, originally produced for Fence Books‘ podcast series. “Loose Tracklist” Weldon […]

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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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Authority Stealing: The business of crime writing in Kenya, India and Nigeria

  Kenya In pursuit of some scriptwriter talent, Billy Kahora discovers that […]

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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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10 Questions For Mukoma Wa Ngugi

A Beautiful Blonde is Dead. This image is the spark that ignites […]

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Moses’ outro

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

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Godhead

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

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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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Bajove Dokotela

Let the good Dr [Philip Tabane] inject you in three ways; music, words, […]

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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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Everyday is for the Thief

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

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Unchain the art

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

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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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Kin La Belle

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

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WHO’S CALLING?

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

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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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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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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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Notes Towards A Question of Power

Pieces, notes really, fragmentary speculations,remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, […]

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50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria

Es’kia Mphahlele and the Anti-Apartheid Association of Nigeria Moritz Isaac (Manu) Herbstein […]

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The Forest and the Zoo

The Forest and the Zoo* (Aryan Kaganof with Johnny Mbizo Dyani)   […]

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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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Cover Story

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

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Must You Stage an Escape?

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

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New Bushs Old Ghosts

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

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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 Test

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

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Once There Were Humans

In the hills above Kingston, Jamaica Annie Paul unpacks some baggage in […]

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Childhood Snapshots

by Bill Kouélany   We are on a bus – my sister, […]

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Discoveries of Timbuktu

Ciraj Rassool I am not a scholar of Timbuktu or Arabic or […]

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In Search of Yambo

Christopher Wise Yambo Ouologuem, the Malian author of Le devoir de violence […]

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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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