Presenting Chimurenga Chronic New Cartographies

On Thursday, the 23rd of April 2015, Chimurenga presents the latest issue of the Chronic.

Join us for a conversation with Ntone Edjabe (Chimurenga), Billy Kahora (Kwani), Achille Mbembe (Wits), and artists Nolan Oswald Dennis and Francis Burger.

Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged with this question: when will the new emerge – and if it is already here, how do we decipher it? This is also the focus of the current issue of Chronic on new cartographies of Africa.

Life on our continent cannot be mapped only by GDP, GDS, IDF and related indicators of “development”. Scales, set squares and compasses alone would not work; we also require hands, feet and hearts. And memory. Memory is central – here is Wendell Hassan Marsh: “Because memory is so often developed from non-written texts, these narratives are more difficult to trace because of the scarcity of traces, but deep in the ideologies, practices, and politics of those denied history is an ethereal yet very real memory that is un-stated but nonetheless dis-static. In other words, History is the science of the state, while memory is the art of the stateless.”

The issue is also a response to Achille Mbembe’s essay “At the Edge of the World”, who will now respond to this edition; Billy Kahora, Nolan Dennis and Francis Burger will present their contributions to the project.

See you there!

Date: 23 April 2015

Time: 18h00

Venue: 1st floor, King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein

See Facebook event page, with details and map here.

Stories about Music in Africa // A Comet is Coming

Throughout 2014 Chimurenga has been connecting with cutting-edge artists and music collectives from around the continent to prepare unique recordings for Pan African Space Station (PASS). On Thursday December 11, the first of these monthly broadcasts goes live bringing together Shabaka Hutchings and The Brother Moves On.

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Boda Boda Lounge Project: November 21 – November 23

Chimurenga are participating in the Boda Boda Lounge Project from Friday November 21 – Sunday November 23. Goddy Leye films will be screening at A press release for the festival follows:

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Writers Boot Camp comes to Cape Town

Writers Boot Camp, Cape Town: 24 – 29 November 2014 (press release)

Writers’ Studio in conjunction with Cape Town Central Library present five days of writing workshops for emerging and established writers. Facilitated by acclaimed writers and teachers, and fueled by peer critique, the daily sessions are designed to help participants assess their own work objectively while working on issues of craft. A series of evening events and a story exchange seminar powered by Narrative 4 will complete the workshops.

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Ba Re E Ne Re Literature Festival, Maseru. September 5-7 2014

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We’ll be in Maseru next week to celebrate new and old writing from Lesotho and the region at the annual Ba re e ne re Literature Festival – an important platform initiated by our dear departed comrade and sister Liepollo Rantekoa. 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. Please join us.

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GIPCA present the 2nd Live Art Festival, Cape Town

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) present the 2nd Live Art Festival from 27 August to 6 September 2014. Chimurenga publications will be available at selected events.

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Swami Sitarama Dasa in conversation with Gael Reagon


To launch the new Chronic (a graphic issue), we’ll be having a special event this Friday 18 July at The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town:

Swami Sitarama Dasa, the black guru formerly known as Zebulon Dread (of Hei Voetsek!), in conversation with Gael Reagon. Excerpts from the new edition of the Chronic can be previewed at, including Binyavanga Wainaina in Dakar with Youssou N’Dour and Achal Prabhala‘s essay: the cosmic lives and afterlives of Zebulon Dread.

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize – deadline Friday 25 July

The deadline for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize is fast approaching …

Wasafiri is looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: poetry, fiction and life writing. The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.

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New edition of the Chronic, focus on graphic stories. Out now!

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For the new issue of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic, the focus is on graphic stories; comic journalism. Blending illustrations, photography, written analysis, infographics, interviews, letters and more, visual narratives speak of everyday complexities in the Africa in which we live.

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Read the Chimurenga Chronic in German

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

The 68-page publication features translations of selected writings from the first 3 editions of the Chronic, with themes ranging from ways to overcoming borders to Astro/Afrosonics.

Contributors include Akin Adesokan, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Parselelo Kantai, Jackie Lebo, Harmony Holiday, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Yemisi Ogbe, Adewale Maja-Pearce, Ainehi Edoro, Agri Ismaïl, Florence Madenga, Elnathan John, Paula Akugizibwe, and many more.

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