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Chimurenga: The Chronic (December 2013)


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This edition of the quarterly pan African gazette Chronic explores into interlaced subjects of power, resistance, protest, mobilization, mobility and belonging. Writers, photographers and artists from across the pan-African world challenge political processes, question identity and interrogate economic justice.

Kwanele Sosibo, Shaheen Ariefdien, Rustum Kozain, Boniface Mwangi and Kenne Mwikya explore and record new efforts to revive and rethink resistance and revolt from Nairobi to Cape Town and beyond. Jihan El-Tahri, Mohannad Ghawanmeh, Randa Shaath and Youssef Rakha present a requiem for the Egyptian revolution. Louis Chude-Sokei, Yemisi Ogbe and Florence Madenga outline a map of transatlantic journeys while describing the confluence of mobility, cultural identity and personal history. In addition, this Chronic attends Lagos Fashion Week, investigates the “Bad Blacks” inciting class wars in Kampala, jousts with stick-fighters in Khayelitsha, documents the frontier wars of “accordion cowboys” in Lesotho, and ditches the Brazil World Cup for a bottom-division team from Recife.

The broadsheet also includes writing, art and photography by Ronald Suresh Roberts, Kodwo Eshun, Paula Akugizibwe, Bongani Kona, Kent Lingeveldt, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Isoje Chou, Rustum Kozain, Kangsen Wakai, Thomas Mukoya, Brian Bwesigye, Serge Mtamack, Nana Darkoa, Tseliso Monaheng, Maak Manaka, Roger Williams, James Young, Dudumalingani Mqombothi, Alan Wilcox and Moses Serubiri.

Chronic Books foregrounds the politics and practices of translation. In addition, Ama Ata Aidoo speaks on writing, solidarity, agency and friendship; Akin Adesokan questions the puzzling compulsion of African writers to both conform and disavow and Nick Mwaluko reads between the lines in three queer anthologies.

The issue includes also dispatches, features, interviews and reviews by Elnathan John, Christian Botale, Virginie Dupray, Sean O’Toole, Madhu H Kaza, Stacy Hardy, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, Carmen McCain, André Naffis-Sahely, Fouad Asfour, Iolanda Pensa, David Iaconangelo, David Shook, Marcia Lynx Qualey, Linn Hansén, Nta Bassey, Mara Lee Gerdén, Rustum Kozain, Bongani Kona, Brian Bwesigye, Lindokuhle Nkosi, Vonani Bila, Ben Verghese, Atang Tshikare, Karen Press, Paul Wessel, Kavish Chetty and Ainehi Edoro.

Produced in Cape Town, Cairo, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Paris, Lagos, Yaoundé, Accra, Kinshasa, Dakar, Kampala and Delhi and distributed globally, it seeks to write Africa in the present and into the world at large, as the place in which we live, love and work.

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