Chimurenga

Chimurenga is a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.

The Chronic

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The Chronic – online and in print, the current edition of our pan African gazette gives focus to graphic stories.

Shop

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Chimurenga Magazine, the Chronic (print and PDF versions), t-shirts, -nyanasposters… Chimurenga matter to read, wear, and adorn walls. Order!

Library

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Chimurenga Library – an online archive of pan African, independent periodicals. Archive includes details of Festac’ 77 research project.

PASS

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The Pan African Space Station (PASS) – a unique freeform radio station, streaming cutting edge music live online 24/7. Stay tuned for PASS 2014 announcements.

 

ACR

The African Cities Reader – a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style.  ACR III: Land, Property & Value – the next installment.

PMS

The Power Money Sex (PMS) Reader an online research space exploring the interwoven relationship between power, money and sex.

Announcements

 From September 5 – 7, we’ll be in Maseru to celebrate new and old writing from Lesotho and the region at the annual Ba re e ne re Literature Festival. Via the Pan African Space Station (PASS), we’ll livestream selected sessions from the festival, plus interviews with participating authors, live music and DJ mixes and more. Tune in.

 

 Swami Sitarama Dasa in conversation with Gael Reagon. To launch the new Chronic (a graphic issue), Friday 18 July at The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town.

 

 For the new issue of the Chronic, the focus is on graphic stories; comic journalism. Contributors include Binyavanga Wainaina (in Dakar with Youssou N’Dour), Jamón y Queso, Victor GamaMogorosi Motshumi, Lesego Rampolokeng, Mafika GwalaWillem Boshoff, Achal Prabhala, Nawel Louerrad, Native Maqari, Biyi BandeleFungai MachiroriDudumalingani MqombothiBuntu Fihla and many more artists, photographers, and writers. Out now! Order online here.

 

 A special German-language edition of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic is now available. Buy it online here.

 

 Chimurenga presents ‘Reflections on a Kwani Decade’, a talk by Billy Kahora (editor-in-chief, Kwani?). For a chance to go know more about the evolution of Kwani? join us at our office in Cape Town on Friday 23 May 2014, 6.00pm. RSVP to attend.

 

 In 1977, thousands of artists, writers, and musicians from Africa and its diaspora descended on Lagos, Nigeria for the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77). We introduce a research, exhibition and publishing project, which will investigate the legacy of FESTAC 77, as well as present an opportunity for contemporary African creators to engage with its history. First public presentation: San Francisco Public Library, May 24 – June 29 2014.

 

 At 9pm (CAT), Tuesday 29 April, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) broadcasts a live performance by Soul Housing Project (fronted by Bokani Dyer and Sakhile Moleshe). This live music stream opens a window into musical conversations and audio experimentation happening now-now in and out of Cape Town. Tune in at panafricanspacestation.org.za.

 

  The Chronic  – out now-now. The new print edition of quarterly pan African gazette, the Chronic offers forays into interlaced subjects of power, resistance, protest, mobilisation, mobility and belonging. In its pages writers, photographers and artists including Kwanele Sosibo; Rustum Kozain; Boniface Mwangi, Jihan El-Tahri, Youssef Rakha, Louis Chude-Sokei, Yemsi Ogbe, Ronald Suresh Roberts; Kodwo Eshun; Paula Akugizibwe, Isoje Chou, Maak Manaka and many more challenge political processes, question identity and interrogate economic justice. Chronic Books foregrounds the politics and practice of translation. Read dispatches, features, interviews and reviews by Ama Ata Aidoo, Akin Adesokan, Nick Mwaluko, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, André Naffis-Sahely, David Shook, Nta Bassey and more.

 

  The Chimurenga Chronic -  Satirical enquiries, evangelical sermons, and a swarm of stories, sights and sounds from Africa’s most populous country. We bring you lessons in How to be a Nigerian. With contributions from Peter Enahoro, Yemisi Ogbe, Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Teju Cole, Akin Adesokan, Depth of Field, Isoje Chou, Jeremy Weate, Chris Abani, Emeka Ogboh, George Osodi, and Tanure Ojaide. Oh, and an extended review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Americanah.

 

Chimurenganyana Series 2 -  pocket literature features factions, essays, scores, interviews, liner notes, musical analyses, travel writing, personal impressions, political and social commentary, as well as innovative artwork that illuminates the subversive beauty, electrifying creativity and marvellous diversity of some of music’s most provocative innovators.

 

New essay by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – his first on Asians in Kenya. Part of the Global South Dialogue Series co-curated by Chimurenga Mag (South Africa), Frontline (India) and Cornell University in the US of A. Also check out Ngugi’s new book: Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing.



“Who knew?… Chimurenga changes your view of Africa, and of journalism.” Simon Kuper on the Chimurenga Chronic in “How to change your view of Africa“, The Financial Times.

 

Chimurenga has been awarded the Prince Claus Fund’s Principal Award. Each year the Fund honours eleven cultural pioneers, whose work is located on the frontline of free cultural expression. More here.