The Chronic


The Chimurenga Chronicle (or Chronic), is the once-off edition of an imaginary newspaper which is issue 16 of Chimurenga. Set in the week 18-24 May 2008, the Chronic imagines the newspaper as producer of time – a time-machine – which travels backwards and forwards, to place these events within a broader context and thereby to challenge the logic of emergencies and immediate needs that characterise contemporary African media. It is realised in collaboration with Kwani? (Nairobi), Cassava Republic Press (Abuja) and Glänta (Gothenburg).

Chimurenga People include: Ntone Edjabe (founder and editor); Stacy Hardy & Dominique Malaquais (associate editors); Achal Prabhala, Paula Akugizibwe, Karen Press, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Göran Dahlberg, Billy Kahora and Munyaradzi Makoni (contributing editors); Graeme Arendse & Vincent Plisson (design editors); Natasha Johnson (contributing designer); Andrea Meeson (copy chief); Hlengiwe Mguni & Rustum Kozain (copy editors); Rucera Seethal (project manager); Teresa Ayugi (administration); Chioma Okafor & Jennifer Bryant (production assistants); Ingrid Masondo (researcher); Darla Rudakubana & Cora Engelbrecht (interns).

The Chronic is printed in Cape Town by Shumani Printers. Warm thanks to Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg) for designing the Chronic posters and to Munkreklam (Munkedal) for printing them. Thanks to Neo Muyanga for the music that accompanies this newspaper. The editorial is drawn from the content of this edition and edited by Linn Hansen – it is inspired by her poem titled “History”. Front page image: Stills from “Gateway,” a video-work by Bernie

is a publication of the Kalakuta Trust (reg. IT642/2003). This edition is published with the kind support of Heinrich Böll Foundation, lettera27, Medecins sans Frontieres (SA), Goethe Institute.

© 2011 Chimurenga and contributors.
ISBN: 978-0-9814273-2-4
ISSN: 1683-6162



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