Behind the Mhofu totem, Mbuya Nehanda emerges, behind Gushungo/Karigamombe is Robert Mugabe, Ngwena is synonymous with Emmerson Mnangagwa and, lastly, the Mukanya totem relates to Thomas Mapfumo. All are historical heavyweights in Zimbabwe. ” – Robert Machiri (drawings) and Mike Mavura (words).
THE INVENTION OF ZIMBABWE
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga offers a brief history of Chimurenga as a communal laboratory, while poet, writer, and songwriter Chirikure Chirikure talks to Netsayi Chigwendere about a shared violent history, his personal persecution, and the stirring story of Zimbabwe’s birth.
Farai Mudzingwa writes about the power vested within president’s portrait, and the struggle not only to dislodge it, but also to frame it anew, while iconoclastic choreographer and experimental dance practitioner Nora Chipaumire offers a portrait of herself as her father via history, politics, animism, music and the curriculum.
In National Heroes Acre I, II & III: Bongani Kona writes about the ghost’s the haunt Zimbabwe; Jekesai Njikizanava documents the iconic burial ground and national monument in Harare and Brian Chikwa presents a short story that dices with death.
The Invention of Zimbabwe: Chronic launch in Harare
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM
On the Roof, First Floor, Travel Plaza, Mazowe Street, Harare, Zimbabwe…more.
XIBAARU TEERE YI (Chronic Books)
In a testament to Cheikh Anta Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop raises radical views on creative writing. Ayesha Attah travels from Diop through Ayi Kwei Armah to explore the ‘shared continuity’ of African cultures, histories and philosophies.
Khadim Ndiaye, himself a follower of the Murid way and author of a recent book on Cheikh Anta Diop, shows how the late scientist, politician and thinker was a product of the Murid, and Sumesh Sharma traces Diop’s legacy through the circuitous roots of Afro-Asiatic history, from the world’ first civilisations in Egypt to Dravidian civilisations of southern India.
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION HARARE SESSIONS
Now replayable: #PanAfricanSpaceStation Harare sessions, recorded/broadcast live from National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Featuring The Monkey Nuts, Weaver Press, Tinofireyi Aero5ol Zhou, Chirikure Chirikure, Netsayi, Kudzanai Chiurai and Pungwe Nights. Tune in for conversations on Zim Rock, Literary Initiatives, Post-Chimurenga Postures and (why) We Need New Names.
History is the science of the state, while memory is the art of the stateless.” – Wendell Hassan Marsh, ‘Re-Membering the Name of God’, The Chronic, New Cartographies, March 2015
The Chimurenga Library on Circulations explores the complexities of migration and the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of the imagination.
The Borderless Newspaper co-inhabits Palermo, Italy as a laboratory for the challenges of our time, looking for traces of possible futures, and tracing the disjunctive flows and circuits – the shaping power of colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected, random events, along with the fierce compulsions of greed, longing, and restlessness…
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A curated selection of titles by independent publishers from Africa and around the world.
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