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The Breathers, a collaborative long poem by Daniel Borzutzky and Stacy Hardy

Latest Chimurenganyana Now Available in Stores!

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pumflet ‘hophuis’

‘hophuis’ documents a series of journeys to and activations made at the […]

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Taty Went West by Nikhil Singh (Kwani?, 2018)

Taty is a troubled teen running away from home. She quickly finds […]

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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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You Look Illegal

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

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Cover Story

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

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The Headline That Morning and Other Poems by Peter Kagayi (Soo Many Stories, 2016)

The Headline That Morning and Other poems is a poetry collection by Ugandan […]

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Whiteheart: Prologue to Hysteria by Lesego Rampolokeng (Deep South, 2005)

“I’ve never celebrated nor embraced negativity in my life. Every single thing […]

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When Three Sevens Clash (Mbonga Editions, 2023)

The animating impulse for the literary magazine When Three Sevens Clash was to celebrate […]

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Xamissa – The Water Archives by Henk Rossouw (Akashic Books, 2018)

Xamissa is a book-length poem that sounds out the city of Cape […]

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MoRa: Mogorosi meets Rampolokeng with ensemble live recording

22 March 2024
6pm
Chiesa Dipazzo Lupi, Melville

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EXHIBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS

Ubuhle Bendalo Community Arts Festival plays host to the following exhibitors and participants over 16-18 February 2024.

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Ubuhle Bendalo Community Arts Festival

16-18 February 2024
10am-10pm daily
Chimurenga Factory

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UBUHLE BENDALO

16 – 18 February 2024
Chimurenga Factory

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The Forest and the Zoo

Johnny Dyani offers a method to the Skanga (black music family) in this extended conversation with Aryan Kaganof. Photographs by George Hallett.

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Never, ever let any monster abuse your science!

Renfrew Christie’s Speech to the Science Graduation Ceremony of the University of Witwatersrand, 2008

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LAUNCHING MINE MINE MINE

Chimurenga Factory
Thu, 12 Oct 2023 from 6pm

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LATEST CHIMURENGANYANA OUT NOW!

THE GARDEN LETTERS OF YVONNE VERA by Tadiwa Madenga

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EPISTROPHIES

Saturday, 16 September 2023 from 6pm
Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock)

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CLASS STRUGGLE IN MUSIC

Chimurenga Factory – 157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock
Thursday, 17 August 2023 from 6pm

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Notes for an Oratorio on small things that fall

Aditi Hunma reviews the launch of Notes for an Oratorio on Small Things That Fall, the latest offering from Ari Sitas

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LATEST IN STORE: WHEN THREE SEVENS CLASH

A collection of writing and images on Zimbabwe, edited by Percy Zvomuya

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LATEST IN STORE: CHANTS, DREAMS AND OTHER GRAMMARS OF LOVE

a gedenkschrift for Harry Garuba

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CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET SOYINKA PLAGIARIST

A letter from Ibadan by Harry Garuba

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REVIEW: AND THE BOOKS LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Harry Garuba reviews reissues of Amos Tutuola’s writings

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CHIMURENGANYANA: LA DISCOTHEQUE DE SARAH MALDOROR

This entry in our Chimurenganyana series takes the form of a mixtape […]

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THE WRITINGS OF BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

Launching a new collection of writings by the late, great Binyavanga Wainaina

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LIBERATION RADIO

an ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds, and long-term research on broadcasting and cultural initiatives by liberation movements across the continent

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I’M NOT WHO YOU THINK I’M NOT

Serubiri Moses reflects on Binyavanga Wainaina’s refusal to fit neatly into neat identities.

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The Music Mind of Greg Tate: Sonic Syllabus for a Patternmaster

A 5-hour music selection in memory of Greg Tate on his arrival day, October 14 – live on the Pan African Space Station from 6pm SA time

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LIBERATION RADIO

We’re proud to present a new edition of “Liberation Radio”

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CHIMURENGA@20: ONCE THERE WERE HUMANS

In the hills above Kingston, Jamaica Annie Paul unpacks some baggage in a rare interview with Peter Abrahams, the South African-born writer and ardent Pan-Africanist.

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SOUNDGARDEN

a live reading for Bessie Head’s 85th
13 July 2022 from 6pm

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IN MEMORIAM: OMOSEYE BOLAJI (1964-2022)

We remember Nigerian-born writer, Omoseye Bolaji (1964-2022), and his immense contribution to the growth of African literature in South Africa, and particularly in the Free State, where he lived.

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In conversation with Omoseye Bolaji

In the Free State, the most important and pivotal figure in local black literature has been OMOSEYE BOLAJI. Pule Lechesa spoke with him about his awards, general grassroots writing in the Free State, and Black Writing in general.

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CHIMURENGA@20: MONDAY BLUES FOR SANDILE DIKENI

The most recent episode of Stories About Music in Africa is Monday Blues for Sandile Dikeni

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Liberation Radio: Cape Town – 15-18 March 2022

Live on PASS: 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

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CHIMURENGANYANA: THE FEAR AND LOATHING OUT OF HARARE BY DAMBUDZO MARECHERA (DEC 2021)

by Dambudzo Marechera

Available now at our online store.

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Pieces of Dominique

The writings, translations and ideas of our dearly departed friend, comrade and co-conspirator Dominique Malaquais (1964-2021), in Chimurenga

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Out of Sight

A short story by Yambo Ouologuem adapted from the French by Dominique Malaquais and Ntone Edjabe.

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JOKER’S WILD (SLIGHT RETURN)

By Dominique Malaquais

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HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS

The latest addition to the Chimurenganyana series

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Translating Tram 83

Roland Glasser meets author Fiston Mwanza Mujila in Paris while getting to […]

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You Have No Power Here

Karen Press reviews three first collections from publishing house uHlanga that add welcome breadth to the range of South African poetry

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OF WOUNDS, OF HANDS – live on PASS – 08 July 2021

a word/sound documentary by the Insurrections Ensemble, with an introduction by Ari Sitas

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EVEN WHEN MY SOUP-CURLERS SLUR BY GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW – OUT NOW!

A limited Chimurenganyana edition of Even When My Soup-Curlers Slur, I Still Keep the Take by Georgia Anne Muldrow is now available.

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The Enemy in Her Imagination: A Fable

Rahel first met the young, 11-year old boy, on December 21, 2006. That was the day after the war in Somalia was declared.

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BLACK SUNLIGHT – A broadcast for Dambudzo Marechera on his 69th

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Remember Glissant

Moses März writes of Édouard Glissant, Martinican, poet and compatriot of the more celebrated Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon

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CHIMURENGA CHRONIC – IMAGI-NATION NWAR – OUT NOW!

A new issue of Chimurenga’s Chronic – out now. imagi-nation nwar – […]

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PANAFEST, hosted by Chimurenga

A web documentary, audio-video archive and online cartography, that chronicles continuities and breaks, samples and cuts that link four key moments of Pan-African encounter: Dakar ’66, Algiers ’69, Kinshasa ’74 and Lagos ’77.

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“The Oppressor Remains What He Is”

Why does it seem that the genocide deniers have perked up? What […]

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BECOMING KWAME TURE – OUT NOW!

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) was viewed by many during the civil rights […]

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CHIMURENGA@20: THE BARD OF BLOEMFONTEIN

Achal Prabhala goes to the heart of the Free State literary renaissance with the “deliberately mysterious and prodigiously talented” Omoseye Bolaji.

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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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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 features Sean O’Toole, David Adjaye, Vicotr Lavalle, Martin Kimani, Sherif El-Azma and more…

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African Cities Reader I: Pan-African Practices

Featuring writing and musings by Rustum Kozain, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, Gabebab Baderoon, Karen Press and more…

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De l’art de vivre l’art

By Dominique Malaquais

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Abbey Lincoln’s Scream: Poetic Improvisation as a Way of Life

We are standing under a glaring spotlight screaming at the tops of our lungs, from the backs of our throats which we grind together to access black blues unwords, thymus against heart, blue in green meridian, that aquamarine plexus that water and sky correct and regulate in us.

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RIP PAPA GEORGE

Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]

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They Won’t Go When I Go

A Manifesto/ Meditation on State of Black Archives in America and throughout the Diaspora by Harmony Holiday

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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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Monumental Failures

By Dominique Malaquais

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Reproducing Festac ’77: A secret among a family of millions

Kwanele Sosibo speaks with Ntone Edjabe about the creation of, and thinking behind, the FESTAC ’77 publication.

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NEW IN BOOKSHOP

Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.

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LEPHEPHE PRINT GATHERINGS 5 – CAPE TOWN

Calling all printmakers and paper-peoples! In collaboration with our comrades at Keleketla! […]

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Urbanism Beyond Architecture – African Cities as Infrastructure

Vyjayanthi Rao, in conversation with Filip de Boeck & Abdou Maliq Simone […]

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IN THE BOOKSHOP: KINSHASA CHRONIQUES / KINSHASA CHRONICLES

Kinshasa Chronicles is a richly textured encounter featuring seventy artists, most of whom belong to a very young generation, telling tales of one of the world’s most vibrant creative hubs.

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Listen to “Sankomota: An Ode in One Album”

On 31 May, we hosted the launch of Phehello Mofokeng‘s reflective essay on Lesotho’s greatest band, Sankomota.

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SALUT GLISSANT

“Nothing is true, everything is alive.”
Moses März, imagines a conversation between Edoaurd Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau about the Philosophy of Relation.

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IN MEMORIAM: Binyavanga Wainaina (1971 – 2019)

A friend, a Chimurenga founding father, an award winning writer, author, journalist, chef, lover, a literary revolutionary and an inspiration. We pay tribute.

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Colossal KOUROUMA

What could have happened in his head to take literally this type of injunction quite common in lands of Africa? A sense of the word given? The desire to take seriously the hopes of children who usually have little voice? Mystery. 

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Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs

For me knowledge is very powerful. Any knowledge has claws and teeth. If you don’t see the teeth and the claws then it is useless, then somebody has emasculated it.

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POETS WITH GUNS: A CONVERSATION WITH CHIRIKURE CHIRIKURE

Chirikure Chirikure means “that which is far is very far.” He is […]

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Search Sweet Country

In conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, Kojo Laing talks to a future Ghana by exposing its present, full of the jargons and certainties of one dimensional nation building.

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The Pharaoh’s New Clothes

Its location, vocation, and publication intended to speak to a politicised Third World imaginary.

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Who Killed Kabila

On January 16, 2001, in the middle of the day, shots are […]

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New Cartographies

Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question:  […]

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Who invented truth

Tired of truth, I am. And metanarratives and more truth and post colonies.

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Where Is This Place

Keguro Macharia asks how might one describe where One Day I Will Write About This Place lives as it travels?

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DISCOVERING HOME

by Binyavanga Wainaina(Winner of The Caine Prize 2002) Cape Town – June, […]

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Nothing was impossible for a writer like him

Billy Kahora on Binyavanga Wainaina’s Work

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Pass Me the Microphone: Phoebe Boswell

Stories and sounds from the Swahili coast… sampling Binyavanga Wainaina’s How to Write about Africa.

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WHAT AFRICAN WRITERS CAN LEARN FROM CHEIKH ANTA DIOP

In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing, a challenge to what he laments as our literary Sahara.

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10 Paragraphs of Music Criticism

Kodwo Eshun discusses selected paragraphs of music criticism, taking in Kim Gordon’s […]

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Joe An Essay by Sam Kahiga June 2008

All my life, I wanted to be either a writer or a […]

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Civil Lines

An Essay by Achal Prabhala At some point in the 1980s – […]

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FOUR GROUND-BREAKING THINGS IN FIVE ISSUES OF CIVIL LINES OR, WAYS TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE POSTCOLONIAL SAND

an essay by Vivek Narayanan [Note: while preparing this piece, I benefited greatly […]

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Black Images – An Essay by Peter James Hudson

July 2008 The premiere issue of Black Images: A Critical Quarterly of Black […]

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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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The Emperor of Kinshasa’s Street Comics

by Nancy Rose Hunt Beginning nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, Kinshasa […]

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Spear: Canada’s Truth and Soul Magazine

by Peter James Hudson November 2010 Spear: Canada’s Truth and Soul Magazine launched […]

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Staffriding the Frontline

An Essay by Lesego RampolokengMay 2008 Down from a couple years beyond […]

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Staffrider

An Essay by Ivan VladislavićMarch 2008 I joined Ravan Press as a […]

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Short Review – The Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat Marc Anthony Richardson FC2/ University of Alabama Press, […]

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WRITING AS AN ACT OF GENEROSITY

MAMADOU DIALLO All of our current texts in English or French were, […]

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The Making of the Impossible

Review by GWEN ANSELL October: The story of the Russian revolution China […]

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PORTRAIT OF MYSELF AS MY FATHER

A CONVERSATION WITH NORA CHIPAUMIRE Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and based in New […]

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NATIONAL HEROES ACRE II & III

National Heroes Acre II Photographs by Jekesai Njikizanava National Heroes Acre II […]

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KÀDDU- THE ECHO OF DISSONANT DISCOURSE

Ibrahima Wane Translated by David Leye When it was published by Présence […]

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CHEIKH ANTA DIOP – AN AWAKENING

Ayesha Harruna Attah recounts a voyage of discovery that begins from a […]

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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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English Language Visa

by Keorapetse William Kgositsile Some years back, when writers like Ngũgĩ wa […]

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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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Blame Me On History

Atiyyah Khan is a writer, researcher and arts journalist based in Cape […]

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The Sahara Is Not A Boundary

Stacy Hardy is a writer and senior editor at Chimurenga. She is […]

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How To Cook Your Husband The African Way

Stacy Hardy is a writer and senior editor at Chimurenga. She is […]

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A Letter from a Homeless Prodigal

Emeka Ugwu is a Data Analyst who lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He […]

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Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams:

From the earnest hustle of our elders in writing during the 1960s […]

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Calabar Winch

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

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African Cookbooks and Excess Luggage

By Yemisi Aribisala There is a sense of justice and spirit of resignation […]

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The Complete Gentleman

In London Kamwendo’s interpretation of Amos Tutuola’s sly satire of spectral global capitalism […]

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The Art of Suspense

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi revisits the football matches of his childhood, when radio, not […]

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Writing Football

By Juan Villoro It’s unlikely you’ll be a fan of any sport […]

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The Invention of African Football

Moses März documents his fleeting orbit of the “African” football scene, from […]

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A Fine Madness

By Masande Ntshanga  Here’s how this starts: halfway through Mishka Hoosen’s debut […]

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Politics of Betrayal

Using historian and author Jacob Dlamini’s latest work as a backdrop, Bongani […]

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Dear Dr. Schwab, Queen of Jordan

Binyavanga Wainaina responds to an invitation to participate in Young Global Leaders 2007

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Dansons Donc le Zouglou

By Henri-Michel Yere Déscolarisé In 1980s Côte d’Ivoire, exclusion from the schooling […]

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Creating Theatre: A George Hallett Photo Essay

“Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]

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CAMFRANGLAIS – a lexicon

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

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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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Land Homeland

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

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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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Jeune Afrique

By Moses Marz In 1968, Béchir Ben Yahmed launched his first attempt […]

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Souffles

By Toni Maraini The first issue was thin, but it responded “to […]

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Trajectories of the Sudanese Gulf

By Michael Vasquez Hiwar The journal that the Congress for Cultural Freedom […]

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Hiwar

By Michael Vasquez The journal that the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) published […]

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Qibla

 Qibla leader Imam Achmad Cassiem in conversation with Khalid Shamis. “When the […]

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Writing the City in a Different Script

The Arabic-Afrikaans Tradition of the Cape By  Saarah Jappie A hundred years […]

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CHIMURENGA@20: SECULAR STORIES

Authenticity counts for something; the confidence that authenticity bestows counts for even more.

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The New Reading

Some argue that the new media has forever altered our attention span, that the experience of being completely lost and absorbed, an experience they say you only got from a printed book, has disappeared.

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CHIMURENGA@20: WAITING FOR WAME

I am hungry. Tempted. In pain. I reach for the pack. Pop out another capsule. One minute. Ten minutes. Twenty minutes. The pain has reduced to a dull throbbing. I am floating.

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Authority Stealing in Kenya

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

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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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Authority Stealing in India

Rakesh Khanna explores the web of Indian-language crime fiction publishing, in which […]

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A Petition for Mongo Beti

Patrice Nganang recalls the duel between politics and the literary sphere in 1990s Yaoundé – a time when the campaign for ‘democracy’ exposed the chiasmus that is the Cameroonian intelligence, and the words of Mongo Beti ignited a movement for dissent, return and reconstruction.

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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 Shifting Fortunes of a Performing Poet

Post-apartheid poetry and its makers have witnessed the commodification of the art […]

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Black Man in the White Suit

A Letter from Cape Town by Kiluanji Kia Henda. In 2008, the […]

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Pan Africanism in Katanga

In the margins of a specific history, in which land and inhabitants […]

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Becoming Chimamanda’s Boy

by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo. I was part of the 2014 Farafina Creative Writing Workshop […]

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Creative Industries as Underdevelopment

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

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All That is Solid Melts into PR

Mark Fisher speaks to Bongani Kona about the social, economic and cultural totality of late capitalism, the pervasive cynicism in which we seem to be mired, the omnipresence of PR and the possibility of countering it all by re-igniting a belief in the public good.

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Reviews in Brief

by Stacy Hardy.   Our Lady of the Nile Scholastique Mukasonga (transl. […]

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Operation Protective Edge

by  Paul Wessels. The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of […]

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Portrait of the Artist as a Daughter

by Ed Pavlić. “Where material is absent, dialectics is groundless.” – James Snead, […]

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Licking Dirty Hands

by David Shook. In the tradition of German poet Heimrad Bäcker, who turned […]

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Undoing the Spell

by Ben Verghese. Many of the dominant narratives of the partition focus on […]

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The Undeveloped Intellectual in Zombie-land

by Ibrahim Farghali. This is Rakha’s second novel after his début, The Book […]

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Breaking the Rules Beautifully

by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire. “Breaking the rules attracts implications, Jennifer.” I overhear British […]

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Men and their Dogs

by Gwen Ansell. Leonardo Padura is perhaps best known outside his native Cuba […]

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Miniature Metamorphoses

by André Naffis-Sahely. In his dotage, Henry Kissinger has come to resemble Emperor […]

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The Other Brother

by Bongani Kona. At the centre of Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel, The Reactive, […]

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A Geography of Times and Affects

by Marissa Moorman. An Angolan friend of mine refuses to read Ondjaki. […]

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And the Books Lived Happily Ever After

by Harry Garuba. If Amos Tutuola had not lived, and written stories in […]

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Which Africa Are We Talking About?

In the era of rapid globalisation the exemplary novelists seem to be […]

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Shooting From Point Blank Range

Moses Serubiri turns on the television and watches the news unfold, in […]

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Beneath the Underdog

Fighter, soldier, poet, arguably the PR-unit and embodiment of the Economic Freedom […]

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Shifting Gulfward

The apparent demise of the millennia-old Arab cultural centres and the rapid […]

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Life After Oil

Jeremy Weate explores the cultural politics of the petro-based economy in Nigeria, […]

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We almost died thrice…

A letter from Lagos by Wanlov the Kubolor. I dey lie for […]

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The Bite and the Embrace

A Letter from Malabo by Recaredo Silebo Boturu. I’m writing from here in […]

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The Face: Cartography of the Void

Chris Abani has lived in several places and been assumed to be […]

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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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How Close Are You To This Place?

by Karen Press. Where is the heart of darkness? We think we know. It’s […]

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How to write about Africa

by Boniface Mongo-Mboussa Serpent à Plumes’ republication of Yambo Ouologuem’s Le Devoir de violence […]

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In Suburbia

Suburban South Africa is glowing. The sun is up, the trees are […]

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The Chronic – mapping the new – soon come

“In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that 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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Between Worldliness and Exile Homelessness and Cosmopolitanism

With essays by Akin Adesokan, Imraan Coovadia and Ngugi wa Thiong’o bound together,  Sean O’Toole examines idiosyncratic writing […]

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Dispatches from Beirut

Comic artist and musician Mazen Kerbaj keeps a visual diary of a week […]

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In the Listening Room with Neo Muyanga

This Thursday (January 15), Pan African Space Station present “Revolting Songs”,  a concert-lecture […]

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The African Renaissance Hoer-o-scope for Politicians

by Zebulon Dread ARIES Your best bet at survival is not a […]

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Kangsen Feka Wakai Can’t Breathe

Transition are calling for responses to the latest sweep of murders by police of unarmed black […]

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Beyond Oppression-Liberation-Maendeleo

by Parselelo Kantai It may have been the economist David Ndii who coined […]

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Ankara Press, new romance imprint from Cassava Republic Press

A new romance imprint from Cassava Republic Press is now public: Ankara Press. Press […]

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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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The New Thing

Out of the silence, the crevices, cracks and forgotten places of Cape […]

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Exitour as Rhizome

“Why did we embark on this insane trip?” Having journeyed together from Douala to […]

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Une Hommage à Goddy Leye

With his imagination, sharp wit and all-round uncontournable wholesome beautyness, Goddy Leye has […]

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The G.Spot Protagonists

by Goddy Leye I am sitting in front of the Cologne cathedral, amazed by […]

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Honouring Somaliness

Binyavanga Wainaina and Diriye Osman sit down in south London to speak of honouring Somaliness, navigating the globe as a homeless writer, freedom and love.

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Poets Pressing Record(s)

by Harmony Holiday  Privacy is dead and the word itself sounds a […]

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Mythscience Records

Mythscience Records, a label arkiving necessary voices for us all to learn from. Poet Harmony […]

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This is a pigment of my imagination

Looking like a ‘Negro’ in India and searching for a connection has […]

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How Kenya Exploded In My Heart

A letter from Harare by Petina Gappah   I once lived in a […]

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XXYX Africa

LGBT Africa held two truths: you fuck, you die.

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Buru Buru

Billy Kahora reflects on the state of the ‘estate’ of his Nairobi […]

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The Case of Sipho Mchunu

by Bongani Kona In her brilliant review of Didier Fassin’s book, When Bodies Remember: […]

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Poets Are Hurting: Lesego Rampolokeng in Conversation with Mafika Gwala

Mafika Gwala emerged as a significant writer in the 1970s during his […]

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Accordion Cowboys

Tseliso Monaheng explores famo, a popular form of accordion music that blends […]

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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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L’impossible n’est pas Camerounais!

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces personal lineage, and the often blurred and disputed […]

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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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