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Tag Archives | chimurenga@20

CHIMURENGA@20: IN PRAISE OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN WORDFORM

Have African literary forms been lost in a morass of European culture? For more than half a century Taban Lo Liyong has lamented thus.

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CHIMURENGA@20: Midway Between Silence and Speech

The art and incarnation of Justine Gaga.

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LIBERATION RADIO: MASELLO MOTANA’S VOCAL MUSEUM

The latest episode in the Stories About Music in Africa series, now available

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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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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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SOUNDGARDEN

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

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CHIMURENGA@20: STICKFIGHTING DAYS

Everyone knows I’m a two-stick man. But, I’m not ready to go up against Markham again just yet. Or any of the other top stickfighters. I’ve been trying some new moves. I feel close to a breakthrough in terms of technique. But it’s not quite there

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: A Silent Way – Routes of South African Jazz, 1946-1978

Where to begin? Which silences? There are many.

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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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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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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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CHIMURENGA@20: SECULAR STORIES

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

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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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CHIMURENGA@20: BEASTS OF NO NATION

Whether immigrating, emigrating or just passing through, Africans suffer among the greatest indignities of cross-border travel, abroad and on the continent. Paula Akugizibwe recounts how the hand-me-down tools of divide and rule perpetuate the abuse.

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