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Chimurenga 2 Dis-Covering Home (run nigga run)”

Chimurenga 2 Dis-Covering Home (run nigga run)”

“Dis-Covering Home (run nigga run)” 

“Three generations of white South African men were bound together at that table. Vermuelen was the first generation. He defined Africa, made it safe for Basson to defile. I was the last generation, the last to grow up in segregated neighborhoods. Between us was the silent photograph of Wouter Basson. Like a distant father, Basson was absent at the dining table.” – Henk Rossouw (Hole in the White ‘Hood). Also Mahmood Mamdani on Bantu Education at UCT, Gael Reagon on sisterhood, Binyavanga Wainaina on dis-covering Kenya, Gaston Zossou on African intellectuals and more…

Takes:
– Dis-Covering Home Suite :

Part1: Going Home by Binyavanga Wainaina

Part2: (untitled) by Steve O.

Part3: Hole in the White ‘Hood by Henk Rossouw

Part4: Insearchofthelostriddim by Ntone Edjabe

– Lesego Rampolokeng on bavinos on the run stateside
Mahmood Mamdani on African Studies as Bantu education at UCT – circa 1998
– Gael Reagon on sisterhood and nationhood
– Julian Jonker on whiteys on the moon and black secret technology

Conversations:
Louis Moholo, Blue Notes’ drummer (talking to John Eyles): “When we met Chris McGregor, he met us [black musicians in Blue Notes] as well. I always find it so difficult that [view that] King Chris McGregor came along and rescued us like Captain Marvel. He did not really. We did him a favour.”

Gaston Zossou, Benin’s Minister of Culture/author (talking to Boniface Mongo-Mboussa): “I reproach the people in our country who call themselves “intellectuals” for in fact being master copyists. They have the privilege of being the official distributors, the dealers of a culture which is not our own. And, in my opinion, that makes them incompetent in dealing with our problems.”

Haile Gerima, Ethiopian filmmaker (talking to Bridget Thompson and Phindile Xaba) – circa 1990: “A lot of my friends just think ‘Oh South Africa, we’ll all have a powerful base from which to make movies’. I think it depends who comes to power, then you’ll know how universal how pan-African they will be and how much they care about the rest of Africa. SA might be a new colony for America.” (web only)

Faction:
Kgafela oa Magogodi – hole in his heart
Ashraf Jamal – in a field (for Zwelethu Mthethwa)
Noa Jasmine – breathing lessons
Khulile Nxumalo – Yeoville Kites
Jorge Matine – (untitled)

Re-Views:
Sandile Dikeni on Andile Yenana’s We Used To Dance
Nadia Davids on Zimitri Erasmus’s Coloured By history, Shaped By Space

Goddy Leye on Dak’Art and other biennials: “A friend of mine would speak to his wooden sculptures each time he had European or American visitors in his studio. “Cool ! Cool! Here come my friends” he would say to refrain the ‘terrible anger’ of the sculptures being ‘disturbed’.” (web only)

Photographs:
Yazeed Kalmadien (amandla intifada) – Zwelethu Mthethwa (in a field) – George Hallet – Oscar G – Goddy Leye – Dominique Malaquais

Cover:
Strange Fruit by Lewis Allen

MAGAZINE

Chimurenga Magazine is a pan African publication of culture, art and politics that provides an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection by Africans about Africa.

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