Chimurenga Chronic. Chimurenga. Kalakuta Trust. quarterly. R95

Between the Covers: the Chronic is a pan Afrikan gazette, a quarterly newspaper that packs an intellectual and creative punch. The Chronic is “borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently, to begin asking new questions, or even the old ones anew.”  The title – Chronic – “a nod to both the art of chronicling, of documenting historical events in real time (the time-zone we call ‘now-now’), and because things are, well yes, chronic.

The Storytellers: It features writing, art and photography from across Afrika and the Afrikan diaspora. Including contributions from writers such as Binyavanga Wainaina, Graeme Arendse, Akin Adesokan, Stacy Hardy, Maakomele Manaka, Tolu Ogunlesi, Naeem Mohaiemen and so many more – you have to get yourself the gazette to discover these amazing minds.

Reader Profile: Chimurenga has always been for the serious reader, the reader interested in discovering, challenging, questioning, critically thinking and critically viewing contemporary Africa as well as the world . You will enjoy reading the Chronic if you enjoy news, analysis and views on and about Afrika.

Favourite Lines:

The scene repeated itself in another South Africa, in which Zuluboy walked in on Jason and Senzo in the middle of a slippery, baby-oil lubed embrace. This was the South Africa of Mdu of Izikhokho comics in 40 seconds of awkward hilarity and humour. Mdu Managed to sum up the nation’s reaction to the kiss: disgust, disbelief, shock, discomfort – the notion that being actively gay is wrong, something worth ‘getting caught’ over.” – Superheroes, Sidekicks and a Whole Lot of Stereotypes by Lindokuhle Nkosi (Chronic – April 2013 “Land & Homeland”)

‘Zamrock allows us to be very modern but very Zambian at the same time,’ Boniface explains into my ear after the excitement has cooled down. ‘It’s international music, you know, rock and roll, and even the equipment they use at these shows is very modern, but the sound is unique, our own Zambian thing.’” – Welcome to Zamrock by Paula Akugizibwe (Chronic – April 2013 “Land & Homeland”)

To enter capitalism as a productive subject, we have to repress the body and all its shit. We have to repress our funk: wash, use deodorant, wear clean clothes. The clinical must prevail over the excessive.

What happens when we treat humans like shit, when we turn human beings themselves into the abject, into the thing that needs to be expelled?” – A Brief History of Throwing Shit by Rustum Kozain (Chronic – “New Movements)

On the one hand, this celebration, or reproducing, of Khoisan identity has value to it in the sense that it is negating and rejecting apartheid’s categories. So there is a kind of “fuck you” note. We joke that colouredness is about embracing part of one’s heritage that isn’t African.” – Shaheen Ariefdien former member of Prophets of Da City in an interview with Jitsvinger (Chronic – “New Movements”)



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