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pumflet ‘hophuis’

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

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50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria

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

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You Look Illegal

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

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Calabash Afrobeat Poems

Dike Okoro interviews Ikwunga Wonodi

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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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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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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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La Discothèque de Sarah Maldoror (tracklisting)

decomposed, an-arranged, and reproduced by Ntone Edjabe

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: MURIMI MUNHU

Panashe Chigumadzi travels to the rural Zimbabwe of her ancestors, onto land stolen and cash-cropped by a privileged minority under racist white rule.

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CHIMURENGA@20: GENRES OF HUMAN

In his book, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics, Louis Chude-Sokei samples freely from history, music, literature and science, conjuring new meanings from dead texts, to build an echo chamber where the discourses of race and technology collide

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LIBERATION RADIO

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

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CHIMURENGA@20: AZANIA SALUTES TOSH

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the death of Bantu Steve Biko, a stunned and outraged Azania heard that the Vampire had martyred Peter Tosh.

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: WHEN YOU KILL US, WE RULE!

In 1996, Keziah Jones visited Kalakuta Republic every day for a week to interview Fela Anikulapo Kuti. On the fifth day, after waiting six hours, Keziah got to speak with Fela, who he remarked kept you in “constant and direct eye contact” and spoke “in short bursts of baritone.”

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LIBERATION RADIO: PEOPLE WHO THINK TOGETHER, DANCE TOGETHER #7

Conversations with Christian Nyampeta, featuring Hannah Black, Sasha Bonét, Natacha Nsabimana, Olu Oguibe and Emmanuel Olunkwa.
Live on PASS – 24-26 May 2022 – from 6pm

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LIBERATION RADIO: PUNGWE 1

Selected and mixed by Robert Machiri

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CHIMURENGA@20: THE WARM-UP

The xenophobic violence that swept through many communities in South Africa in 2008 was not a sudden phenomenon. Victims and an alleged instigator date the origins of this wave to a township in Pretoria, writes Kwanele Sosibo.

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Launching NOTES FOR AN ORATORIO ON SMALL THINGS THAT FALL

Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Chimurenga Factory
6pm

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iPhupho L’ka Biko – live at the Chimurenga Factory

Thursday, 31 March 2022
7pm

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: Talkin’ ‘bout Survival – The Repatriation of Reggae

Where Apartheid and broadcasters divided South Africans culturally, here comes bongo natty dread to motivate U-N-I-T-Y.

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The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts

Worldwide premiere live on PASS – 09-11 February 2022

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You Look Illegal by Paula Ihozo Akugizibwe

The latest addition to the Chimurenganyana series available now

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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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Koltan Kills Kids

By Tsuba Ka 23 (Dominique Malaquais, Mowoso, Kongo Astronauts)

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Festac at 45: Idia Tales – Three Takes and a Mask*

By Dominique Malaquais and Cedric Vincent

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That Thing We Dreamed

By Dominique Malaquais

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Rumblin’

By Dominique Malaquais

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FRANTZ – A STORY OF BONES

By Dominique Malaquais

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SEXING AFRICA, AGAIN – POP AS POLITICS: WATCH IT TONIGHT ON HBO

By Dominique Malaquais

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Blood Money – A Douala Chronicle

By Dominique Malaquais

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LINDELA (The Winnie Suite)

By Dominique Malaquais

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The Franc-maçonnerie Suite

by Henri Kala-Lobe and Dominique Malaquais

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PAINT THE WHITE HOUSE BLACK – A CALL TO ARMS

By Dominique Malaquais

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Franc-maçonnerie Suite

Uncle Tom or DOM-TOM?

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WHO WILL SAVE THE SAVIOURS?

A close gaze at the collective apathy that killed Dr. Sebi

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THIRD TRANSITION

Shoks Mzolo and Bongani Kona trace the path of South Africa’s transformation from a criminal apartheid state to a criminal neoliberal state

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“Angazi, but I’m sure”: A Raw Académie Session

RAW Material Company is a Dakar-based centre for art, knowledge and society; […]

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Between the Lines of an Unpatriotic Presidential Pre-Recorded Address

FOURTH REPUBLIC 19 conducts a post-mortem on not-so-presidential minutes in recorded Nigerian history.

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RADIO MAC ON PASS – 14-21 June

Chimurenga and Hangar (Lisbon) present Radio MAC live on PASS 14-21 June 2021, 6pm.

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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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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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“The Oppressor Remains What He Is”

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

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Your Own Hand Sold You: Voluntary servitude in the Francafrique

In the CFA franc, the French colonial mission in West Africa found a way to ensure a paternalist and pernicious stranglehold on the economies of a vast region of the continent.

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THIRD CLASS CITY

South Africa thinks that India owes it one for putting Gandhi through revolution school; India thinks South Africa owes it for sending him over to show the natives how it’s done.

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Ibadan, Soutin and the Puzzle of Bower’s Tower

The jingle would survive the event, as the poetry of a battle-cry outlives a war, but that eventuality belonged in the future.

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Where Terror Lies

The rhetoric of ‘radical’ and ‘fundamentalist’ Islam, of ‘global jihad’ and ‘terror’ is, ironically, historical and recoverable from the irrational.

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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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The Meaning of Being Numerous

The man who sets up the bomb is long gone before it goes off.

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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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Urbanism Beyond Architecture – African Cities as Infrastructure

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

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Remembering Biafra

In 1968, Nigeria’s finance minister, agricultural produce mogul Obafemi Awolowo declared: “Starvation is a legitimate weapon of war, and we have every intention to use it against the rebels.”

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Wrestling With A Warlord

Louis Chude-Sokei narrates a story of Nigeria, of splintered identity, of exile, and of the Biafran War and its godfather – his godfather – General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

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HOW THE WEST WAS LOST

If one thinks about it the whole thing goes back to amaQheya; the cultural proletariat… a proletariat with a cultural history that has taught it to be careful of an African existence…

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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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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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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 Agronomist

Stacy Hardy follows the path of JJ Machobane, the social visionary, writer and agronomist from Lesotho, who challenged orthodox colonial thinking about land and land use.

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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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A Day in the Life of Idi Amin

The hot dry breeze is lazy. It glides languorously collecting odd bits of paper, they tease the ground, threaten to take flight, tease the ground.

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How To Be A Dictator

Binyavanga Wainaina presents 16 Rules for Big Man aspirations

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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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PASS is going to Australia!

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

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BLACKOUT x 7 Octobre

Native Maqari and Keziah Jones Villa Medici channel Fela take on on […]

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The Tyelera Moment

by Thabo Jijana  On December 13, 2016, in Salem Party Club v […]

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La République et sa Bête : à propos des émeutes dans les banlieues de France

par Achille Mbembe La France est un vieux pays fier de ses […]

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Lindela (the winnie suite)

an excerpt from ‘Lindela (the winnie suite)’ by Dominique Malaquais car, maps, […]

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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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The “Walking Corpse”

Thousands of Africans, physically displaced and economically disabled by postcolonial dis-order, confront […]

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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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FROM ORLANDO TO ORLANDO

By Roberto Alajmo Background:  The ship Mendelsshon—referring to an NGO, and having […]

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THE MARTYRDOM OF MAYOR ORLANDO

by Moses Marz Elected four times as mayor of Palermo over a period […]

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THINGS THAT GO IN AND OUT OF THE BODY

How can we think about bodies and circulation without deferring to the […]

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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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THE IDEA OF A BORDERLESS WORLD

The capacity to decide who can move, who can settle, where and […]

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HOLIDAY PLANNING WITH HEI VOETSEK!

And now for an important travel advisory. Planning to visit Johannesburg or […]

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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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PORTRAITS OF POWER

Farai Mudzingwa writes about the power vested within the four corners of the presidential portrait, and the struggle not only to dislodge the presidential image, but also to claim it, to frame it anew.

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OF TOTEMS, HISTORY AND POLITICS

In Shona cosmology, people are understood to be more than the sum […]

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The Invention of Zimbabwe – New edition of Chimurenga’s Chronic available now!

14 November 2017. News breaks of a coup d’état underway in Zimbabwe. […]

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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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THE BLACK BOMB

Mamadou Diallo channels Carlos Moore, the exiled Cuban who traversed most of […]

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SUNGURA STORIES

Ranga Mberi travels back in musical time to the 1980s and 1990s, […]

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NONE BUT OURSELVES

The history of reggae in Zimbabwe echoes far beyond Bob Marley’s historic […]

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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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THE WAY I SEE IT – National Heroes Acre I

Bongani Kona Who or what haunts you? Do recurrences draw you back […]

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MURIMI MUNHU

Panashe Chigumadzi travels to the rural Zimbabwe of her ancestors, onto land […]

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MILKING A DYING COW

Zimbabwe’s economic crises have played out in the press, in political and […]

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‘GO TO THE LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE!’ MURIDISM IN THE LIFE OF CHEIKH ANTA DIOP

While French colonialism was at its zenith, the first quarter of the […]

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BAHUJANAFRIQUE – A PLAUSIBLE FUTURE

Sumesh Sharma traces the circuitous roots of Afro-Asiatic history, from the world’s […]

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ARMY ARRANGEMENT

News of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s imminent ouster from office continues to […]

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHIMURENGA AS A COMMUNAL LABORATORY

by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga Since the 1970s, Zimbabweans have used the term […]

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Poverty is Older than Opulence

Maverick Serbian filmmaker, Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground), talks with […]

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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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Zinedine Zidane and and the event of the secret

Grant Farred produces a Derridean reading of Zidane’s world-stopping head butt.

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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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A master of bling with feline style

Writing just after the 2011 Africa Cup of Nations,  Achille Mbembe* looks […]

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Who Killed Kabila?

The Pan African Space Station/Chimurenga Library at La Colonie, Paris 13 December […]

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Meeting Marti, Neruda and Langa in the streets…

Amabhulu amnyama andenzel’ i-worry, Amabhulu amanyama andenzel’ i-worry andenzel’ indlala (White-blacks are […]

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Last Words to the Nation by  Salvador Allende

This speech was delivered at 9:10 am on September 11, 1973, in […]

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Dictionary of SA Elections 2014

by Willem Boshoff Aa albocracy Government by “white” men or Europeans. The […]

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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 Definition Of Black Consciousness by Bantu Stephen Biko

It seeks to infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook to life.

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A Brief History of Fufu Pounding

The preparation of fufu is a far from the drudgery and waste of time bemoaned by the World Bank.

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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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A Letter from a Homeless Prodigal

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

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No Congo, No Technology

Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi, was born in Kinshasa, in 1974. His country […]

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Second Transition

“Second Transition” refers to the phase of liberation struggle in South Africa […]

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In Bond We Trust?

Nearly a decade on from the worst postcolonial turmoil that saw their currency devalued by thousands of percentage points, Zimbabweans have had to brace themselves as the government introduced another face-saving tender.

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Dear President Museveni

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

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Radical Rudeness

By Paula Akugizibwe In Seeing, Jose Saramago’s novel about the death of […]

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Grandmothers Teaching: A view from South Africa

The proliferation of MA in Creative Writing programmes at universities raises questions […]

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Between: The state and Bhut’ Joe, the frequency and the future

An exchange between Julie Nxadi and Asher Gamedze unravels the state of order, disorder and disarray in the realm of the militarised, polarised institutions otherwise known as South African universities

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CHIMURENGA@20: NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU – REMEMBERING KENYA’S KARL MARX

Student movements in many African countries have historically confronted contradictions of colonial and post-colonial rule. In Kenya, these movements sent generations of young people into the streets, underground, into exile or death.

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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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Survivor’s Guide to Smelling Naais

In the pre-Apocalypse, Zayaan Khan nurses the Apartheid hangover that carved up […]

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Dagga

Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town.

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Bread of Life

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

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brinjals

By Cullen Goldblatt    A half teaspoonful of cream of tartar to stop […]

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POLITRICKS IN THE STADIUM

Melanie Boehi discusses how, for politicians, sports tournaments such as the upcoming […]

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FOOTBALL CANNOT GO FASTER THAN POLITICS

Athletes are not immune to their political surroundings and football, in particular, […]

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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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Qalqalah

Through the fictional character Qalqalah, Sarah Rifky, grapples with the question what is an institution? Speaking […]

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The University of Soweto

Frank B. Wilderson draws from his memory of student protests in 1993 […]

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The Mission of Forgetting

Joshua Craze offers a sobering analysis of the fantasy that is the […]

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CHIMURENGA@20: SISTER OUTSIDER

Yemisi Aribisala rails against the new fundamentalism cresting the wave of global feminism sweeping Nigeria. She challenges the gender imperialism implicit in its aspiration to uniform ideas of celebrity, power, erudition and beauty.

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Reform and Revolution at the University of Lovanium

In this essay on the gestation, articulations and manipulations of student politics […]

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Marcus Garvey is Alive in East Africa

A university in eastern Uganda, named in honour of the pan African […]

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How to Approach Heaven

The struggle for freedom is a reckless, foolish and sacrosanct adventure – […]

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Four Days in June

By Moses Marz President Omar al-Bashir is looking out of the window of […]

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Focusing the Fashionable Mind

The parochialism and pretence emanating from some South African human rights organisations […]

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Come On Up, Sweetheart

In an “intensely private encounter” with the personal letters of James Baldwin, […]

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A Brief History of Student Protests

By Stacy Hardy “Bile bums my inside!/ I feel like vomiting! For […]

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Hanging Participle

By Anna Kente I am becoming. I have the proof. Documents, photos, evidence. […]

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Justino

By Pedro Rosa-Mendes The news spread through the camp: Justino knew then […]

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The Amazing Career of Passport Number B957848

By Akin Adesokan (For Larry Siems & Aimee Liu) I The wait […]

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Valladolid is not Spain, but it is

By Peter James Hudson They say that Valladolid was the only town […]

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Close encounters at the Florida 1000

Tony Mochama goes galactic for a little bump and grind, gives a […]

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A Political Economy of Noise

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the uncharacteristic journey through a “noisy era” of […]

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Q&A with Mehari Taddele Maru

By Paula Akugizibwe and Mehari Maru  Mehari Maru is an Addis Ababa-based […]

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Interview with Raila Odinga

The Chronic interviewed Raila Amollo Odinga at his Karen residence on the […]

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Dear Chimurenga- The India-Pakistan Division

By Jon Soske The United Nation’s release of the agreement stipulating the […]

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Archie Shepp’s Shirt Suggests

By Dominique Malaquais and Cédric Vincent

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A Brief History of Monuments

By Stacy Hardy Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’far al-Mansur, the founder of the ancient city of […]

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Season’s Greetings

By Rayyane Tabet On the morning of 1 December 1960, thousands of […]

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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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Rumble in the Nile

The Nimeiri era remains one of the most beguiling and contradictory in the country’s history. It defined so much of what was to come.

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El-Salahi – The Wise Enemy

By Hassan Musa I want to introduce Ibrahim El-Salahi here as “our […]

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Islam between Françafrique and Afrabia

Needless to say, Françafrique was not the only constellation of capital and culture on offer at the time of African political independence.

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Lotus Magazine

By Nida Ghouse In the wake of Youssef El-Sebai’s death, the streets of Cairo swelled in protest. […]

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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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Nasser and the African Revolution

Politically and socially Egypt is said to occupy three spaces as mentioned […]

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Qibla

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

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Jihad as a Form of Struggle in the Resistance to Apartheid in South Africa

By Na’eem Jeenah Although Muslims form about 2 per cent of the South […]

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Dispossessed Vigils

Mourning and Regeneration in Inner-City Johannesburg[1] By Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon “Only the conscious horror […]

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City Building in Post-Conflict, Post-Socialist Luanda

Burying the Past with Phantasmagorias of the Future   By Anne Pitcher […]

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: RELUCTANTLY LOUD

Cape Town is a city with a waiting list of more than 450,000 families for low-cost housing, but delivering about 11,000 units a year and criminalising those who attempt to put up their own structures.

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“We need more contact zones to create a space for critical discussion, and to propagate and exchange a continuous cultural benefit.”

A conversation between Professor Muyiwa Falaiye and Mudi Yahaya Muyiwa Falaiye: I […]

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“The contemporary art in this country is flowing, but it needs direction.”

A conversation between performance artist, Jelili Atiku and former Director of the […]

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The Death Metaphor

By Jahman Anikulapo A sudden burst of confusion overwhelmed the belly of the […]

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Visions for the National Tear-ter of Nigeria

Four Conversations and Seven Performative Pamphlets Seven Performative Pamphlets: Ayodele Arigbabu, Hunter […]

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This Sea Shall Be Uprooted

By Jumoke Verissimo Images by Adolphus Opara   On the silk expanse […]

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High Class Shanty Town

By Jean-Christophe Lanquetin *translated by Karen Press     In Ouakam, on […]

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Urban Sahara from the Sky

How Capitalism Fixes the Dunes. by Marion Broquère, Armelle Choplin, Simon Nancy Images […]

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IRM de la ville de Douala

by Maud De La Chappelle To Didier À Douala, on nomme les […]

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Mapping The Last King of Africa

    This map features alongside a text by Olivier Vallée in the new […]

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In a Time of Boko Haram

by Elnathan John. I. DRESSES Beneath the oil-stained, flattened pillow that Mansir sits […]

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Bordering on Borana

by Dalle Ebrahim. It was 2011 and I was seated in a taxi […]

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The Power of Green Crayons

Agri Ismaïl recalls growing up off the map – his Kurdish identity […]

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Pwani Si Kenya

Despite years of development promises from Kenya’s central government, the Coast remains […]

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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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Secret Countries

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

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How to Eat a Forest

Billy Kahora recounts a journey into Kenya’s Mau Forest, where he confronts […]

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Living Dangerously in Petroluanda

António Tomás picks through the post-independence architectural ruins of Angola’s capital city […]

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The Institute

Cultural institutes are considered effective instruments in foreign policy for any nation-state […]

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Soft Power Desire Machines and the Production of Africa Rising

      Alongside texts by Jesse Weaver Shipley, Moses März and Oribhabor […]

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Pan Africanism in Katanga

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

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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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Operation Protective Edge

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

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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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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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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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Life After Oil

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

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After Oil Water

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

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