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On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, killing 34 and wounding dozens of others. Loyiso Mkhize goes back in time to the site of the massacre, seconds before the first shot has been fired, and imagines it not only as a fight against […]


Through the fictional character Qalqalah, Sarah Rifky, grapples with the question what is an institution? Speaking to art institutions and their futures she asks: what is the future of art? And more importantly, what is the future of language? Artwork by Thenjiwe Nkosi. Read Qalqalah in The Corpse Exhibition and Older Graphic Stories. Out now.    


Jamaican-born poet, musician and visual artist Jimmy Rage, explores pain and destruction through the passage of time and space: “We cruise the highways and byways,” of memory and imagined futures. Read Screaming Though the Galaxy here in The Corpse Exhibition and Older Graphic Stories. Out now  



An explosive bellow from the spiritual heart of the black experience, saxophonist and composer Winston Mankunku’s Ngozi’s Yakhal’Inkomo is at once a call to action, an open letter and a prayer. Recorded in 1968, as a cry mourning the Sharpeville massacre, and reinvoked in Mongane Wally Serote’s 1972 collection of poems, it tasks us with […]

Missiles and Missives

James Baldwin (L) and his brother David, dine in a Paris restaurant. St. Germain des Prs, Paris, France. 1981
James Baldwin (G) et son frre,David, dinent dans un restaurant Parisien. St. Germain des Prs, Paris, France. 1981.

This week on the Chronic we look at a record of concerns, loves, conflicts and the imagination as documented in the personal letters of James Baldwin, Bessie Head, Albert Luthuli and one Mr A. Toffee.

Re-membering the Name of God

Ethel Sharriff 1963

This week on the Chronic, we call God by all his names,creep up to the thresholds of Heaven, peak over the silver lining and approach God. In the Upper Room, Florence Madenga cyber-connects to her spirituality. “We are waiting for Apostle Debbie Banda-Viggs, a Malawian evangelist living in McKinney, Texas. None of us have ever […]

The Fiction of International Law


According to Wikipedia, International Law is the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations. Much of international law is consent-based governance. This means that a state member is not obliged to abide by this type of international law, unless it has expressly consented to a particular course of […]