Arts & Review

Faustin Linyekula: Somewhere Between A Scream and A Lullaby             
By Stacy Hardy
Images by Agathe Poupeney, Fabienne Wilkin

“When you see the moral, intellectual, material misery of the people who should make us dream, then you understand how much shit we are really in.”

In a city where the boundaries between life and death are laid bare, artists are birthing new spaces for dreaming ‘other ways of breathing’. Stacy Hardy reports from Kinshasa.

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Why come Kamerun Be Bass Central 
By Lionel Manga

“Without even knowing it, they created a bass school without walls.” – Etienne Mbappe

Lionel Manga explores the place of music in the social and cultural space of ‘this here country’ – a world of ambient, chronic poverty and the land of Manu Dibango.

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In The Listening Room with Neo Muyanga                                                  
By Stacy Hardy

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Introducing the Hardline According to The Artist Formerly Known as  Terence Trent D’Arby
By Miles Marshall

“I’m arrogant, so fuckin what? If you were young and magnificent and gifted like me, you would be too.”

Sananda Maitreya aka Terence Trent D’Arby Maitreya spreads the gospel of his latest work Angels & Vampires (2006) like a cyberpunk rocker. Miles Marshall Lewis caught up with him in Milan.

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The Birth Of Blue Notes: A Speculative Map
By Niklas Zimmer

 

A Legacy of Note
By Max Annas

Max Annas remembers the prolific musical past of arguably the greatest South African jazz outfit – the beloved and still larger than life, Blue Notes – through The Ogun Collection, a recently released 5-cd box set.

Extra features: Listen to Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath co-founder, Louis Moholo in conversation with Neo Muyanga.

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The Bard of Bloemfontein
By Achal Prabhala
Photographs by Motshwari Mofokeng

“Being a black man is sadness itself – unless you don’t give a damn about anyone else.”

Achal Prabhala goes to the heart of the Free State literary renaissance with the “deliberately mysterious and prodigiously talented” Omoseye Bolaji.

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The Adventures of Dr Evil in Dakar                                                            
By N’gone Fall

President Abdoulaye Wade recently claimed intellectual property rights of the “African Renaissance” monument under construction in the Senegalese capital city. However, as these unedited, never-published transcripts of a conversation between Dr Evil and his son, Scott Powers, illustrate, the genesis of the project is straight outta Masters of the Universe. The following is verbatim, as recorded by NGone Fall.

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The Shape Of things to Come                                                                                   

Stories about design in and from Africa rarely focus on political or ethical content. In the three short pieces that follow, The Chronic highlights three design projects built around issues essential to thinking through how cities and globalisation work at the edge of the 21st century: Jules Wokam tackles the dual need for an engaged politics and poetics of public urban space; Cédrick Nzolo fights the violence of a life lived in the absence of electricity and Lamyne Mohamed radically rethinks the China-Africa nexus.

Morphing the Cityscape
By Jules Wokam

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Big Big
By Lamyne Mohamed

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Benda Courant
By Cedrick Nzolo

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Propaganda and Politics 
By Percy Mabandu

“Party politics tend to reduce artists to propagandists… Look at the work of Thami Mnyele and others, for instance. Thami’s strong work went out as soon as he joined the party.”

The important contribution of the Black Consciousness Movement to art activism in 1970s South Africa is without question, yet mainstream art history ignores it. The poet and painter, Lefifi Tladi, reflects in conversation with Percy Mabandu.

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