Songs for Biko, and other stomps, screams and prayers

12th, 2017 marks the anniversary of the murder of Bantu Stephen Biko in police detention. We remember… but, as Gail Smith reminds us in Death by Memory, memory is sometimes murder…

Read takes sand listen to mixes on Biko and black consciousness, black collectivity and beership in The Chronic Online.

Its 15 years since Chimurenga published Songs for Biko, and other stomps, screams and prayers featuring a series of conversations, real and imagined, on the “pitfalls of national consciousness” by Mustapha Benfodil, Achille Mbembe, Charles Mudede, Fong Kong Bantu Soundsystem, Robert Fraser, Branwen Okpako, Leila Sebbar, Binyavanga Wainaina, Laurie Gunst, Olu Oguibe and many others.

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Originally the pseudonym under which Steve Biko wrote several articles as the Publications Director of the South African Students’ Organization (SASO), Frank Talk became the title of the journal published by The Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO), a nationalist group committed to Biko’s ideas of Black Consciousness.

Read more on Frank Talk, Staffrider, the Cricket, Wietie, Liberator, and other periodicals which have been influential platforms for raising black consciousness in the Chimurenga Library.