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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.

Black Atlantis


Ayesha Hameed presenting a series of sounds and images looking at the Black Atlantic in contemporary, illegalised migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afro-futuristic dance floors, on sound systems and in outer-space.

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 […]