Chimurenganyana, a pavement literature project consisting of low cost serialized monographs culled from the print journal.
Factions, essays, scores, interviews, liner notes, musical analyses, travel writing, personal impressions, political and social commentary. Plus innovative artwork that illuminates the subversive beauty, electrifying creativity and marvellous diversity of some of music’s most provocative innovators:
|The Forest and the Zoo
by Aryan Kaganof
Johnny Dyani offers method to the Skanga (black music family) in this extended conversation with Aryan Kaganof. Photographs by George Hallett.
By Dominique Malaquais
A text and image reflection on the “Rumble in the Jungle”, the Muhammad Ali / George Foreman boxing match held in Kinshasa in 1974. Norman Mailer started The Fight, Dominique Malaquais punched back.
by Stacy HardyA word-sound investigation of unjustly neglected African-American composer Julius Eastman‘s caged negratas. Photographs by Chris Rusiniak and Donald Burkhardt.
|The Making of Mannenberg
by John Edwin Mason
On a winter’s day in 1974, a group of musicians led by Abdullah Ibrahim entered a recording studio in the heart of Cape Town, and emerged, hours later, having changed South African music, forever… John Edwin Mason pens notes on the making of the icon and the anthem.
|In Search of Yambo Ouloguem
by Christopher Wise
Yambo Ouologuem, the Malian author of Le devoir de violence and other literary works, has been shrouded in mystery since he disappeared from the West, effectively turning his back on literature… Christopher Wise goes in search.
|Dr Satan’s Echo Chamber
by Louis Chude-Sokei
Reggae, technology and the diaspora… Louis Chude-Sokei documents the (un)making of Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber.
|The Night Moses Died
by Nicole Turner
“Sleeking through the night city towards Hillbrow, it was Thapelo who asked where we were going and why….”Photographs by Pete Williams, Peter McKenzie
Series 1 (out of print)
Series 1 of this pocket literature features interviews and words on music, culture, being and art:
|A Silent Way: Routes of South African Jazz 1946 – 1978
by Julian Jonker
|When You Kill Us, We Rule! – Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Last Interview
By Keziah Jones
In 1996,Keziah Jones visited Kalakuta Republic every day for a week to interview Fela Anikulapo Kuti. On the fifth day, after waiting six hours, Keziah got to speak with Fela, who he remarked kept you in “constant and direct eye contact” and spoke “in short bursts of baritone.” He added, “In the three hours or so that we spoke, I eventually submitted to this flow, I realized that my questions interrupted trains of thought so I just chilled, listened and replied with my ideas when necessary”.
Fela passed away in August 1997.
| Blood Money: A Douala Chronicle
by Dominique Malaquais
|Thinking of Brenda
by Njabulo Ndebele
|Variations on the Beautiful in the Congolese World of Sounds
by Achille Mbembe
Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Congolese rumba and its offshoots exercised an intimate power over the African imaginary. The sounds, rhythms and ethnic dances of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and a large area of Angola birthed the music of which we speak. Mixtures and borrowings from African and foreign styles, as well as from Christian hymnody, were then added to this base. The rhythms and sounds born of this mix emerged alongside colonial urbanisation and the social and economic transformations this brought.
|In Defence of the Films We’ve Made
by Odia Ofeimun