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Culture and revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

Hamza Hamouchene

2014-11-06, Issue 701

The documentary is about the first Pan-African Cultural Festival in the continent that took place in Algiers, seven years after Algeria’s independence. The radical gathering was a genuine meeting of African cultures united in their denunciations of colonialism and fights for freedom.

How contemporary is Tanzanian Art?

Rehema Chachage

2014-11-06, Issue 701

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How much are Tanzania’s artists giving voice to the varied and changing cultural landscape of identity, values and beliefs in this globally influenced but locally anchored, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world?

Does ‘Arrow of God’ anticipate the Igbo genocide?

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2014-10-16, Issue 698

‘Arrow of God’ presents a highly imaginative and anticipatory power of Achebe’s insight to the turbulent trajectory of post-(European)conquest African history and politics. This insight anticipates the catastrophe of the Igbo genocide.

Engaging with 'Something Quite Unlike Myself'

Chambi Chachage

2014-10-16, Issue 698

The poetry is a journey into the quest for self-determination. Resonating with Ngugi's ‘Re-membering Africa’, Onsando's text focuses on selves that constitute Africa's dismembered self.

Tribute to you

Juliet Kushaba

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Ugandan women rights activist Hope Turyasingura is dead. Turyasingura is former chairperson of Center for Domestic Violence Prevention. This poem celebrates her.

Remembering the late Milton Blake on the 70th anniversary of his birth

Norman Otis Richmond aka Jalali

2014-10-01, Issue 696

Blake and this writer created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984 to plug African-Canadian music makers into the international music market. It was a huge success.

The Coming Revolution: A review

Benjamin Woods

2014-10-03, Issue 696

A new book called ‘The Coming Revolution’, argues that, contrary to the dominant narrative in western media, the South African revolution remains incomplete.

Obama’s Law: When Western advocacy misses the mark

Ben Radley

2014-09-23, Issue 695

Obama’s Law is a forthcoming, feature-length documentary that travels between the Congo and America to reveal the danger of the single African story – the African victim in need of a white saviour - that continues to be sold in the West. Ben Radley for Pambazuka News caught up with the film’s director, Seth Chase, to find out more.

My body and skin

Valentina Acava Mmaka

2014-09-23, Issue 695

What is your body? What is it to you, to others and to the whole world? Who makes decisions about your body and why? Here’s one woman’s deep thoughts on these fundamental questions

Euphoria of Kenyan music fading in Europe

Mickie Ojijo

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Kenya's top singers no longer attract the crowds they once did in central Europe, where in the first place, the population is scant and spread out, forcing event organisers to think twice before inviting any.

‘Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa’: A review

A coming of age story of the anti-corruption movement

Abdul Tejan-Cole

2014-09-11, Issue 693

The new scholarly book discusses three key developments in human rights law that could unlock the blockages currently encountered in attempts to seek adequate redress for corruption: limitations on the concept of state sovereignty, expanded notions of standing of complainants, and rejection of strict rules of causation which dominate national criminal legal systems

‘Nigeria, Biafra & Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multi-State Solution’: A review

Belvedere Jehosophat

2014-09-04, Issue 692

Whereas the author’s proposed multi-state solution is controversial and needs to take account of certain important practical realities, the new book is an engaging primer on Nigerian history and is worth reading for those with an interest in post-colonial studies

Representation of Africa in film: ‘White Shadow’

Amira Ali

2014-08-13, Issue 691

This film by an Israeli director about albino killings in Tanzania is replete with Western stereotypes about the African savage, without any historical or political context

Lost in the dance

A review of Sea Salt in the City, Circaidy Gregory Press, by Funmi Adewole

Sanya Osha

2014-08-07, Issue 690

Adewole’s poetry is entangled in a broad spectrum of issues encompassing private and public deliberations and, of course, spiritual concerns. The key themes are belonging, acceptance and understanding.

Imperialism’s new strategies

A review of ‘Divide and Ruin: The West’s Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis’, by Dan Glazebrook, published by Liberation Media, 2013

Ama Biney

2014-07-03, Issue 685

Dan Glazebrook’s volume demonstrates that the infamous imperialism of the past has not disappeared but has instead adopted new strategies to obscure its intentions, such as proxy wars and media-based indoctrination. These tactics must be exposed and imperialist resisted

Live and let live

A review essay Osita Ebiem’s ‘Nigeria, Biafra & Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multi-State Solution’ [New York: Page Publishing, 2014, 222 pp, US$12.84, pbk, US$10.00, kindle ed/£9.53, pbk, £5.99, kindle ed]

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2014-06-19, Issue 683

Ebiem’s discourse on the catastrophe that is Nigeria is an urgent reminder to the world of the responsibilities of the state in society and the dire consequences that could occur if there were any doubts or erosions on the salient features of these roles

Confessions of a Terrorist: A review

Atunga Atuti O.J.

2014-06-11, Issue 682

The novel goes beyond the prevailing narratives of terrorist behaviour and delves into the thought processes of a terrorist, giving us unique insights into the ‘mind’ of a terrorist.

What are we doing to our women and girls?

Amira Ali

2014-05-14, Issue 678

Words in a poem, in reaction to the abducted Chibok girls; there are many more such stories around the world. It is dedicated to women and girls suffering from similar or same circumstances. At the same time, I am compelled to add to this, words from Amina Mama delivered in a speech at the AU’s 50th anniversary: "Let us make it clear to the world that violence and tolerance of violence are not endemic, not an “African tradition”, nor simply what black men do to women. Rather they are the results of systemic injustices."

‘When South Africa Called, We Answered’

Danny Schechter

2014-05-14, Issue 678

New book tells how a global anti-apartheid movement helped South Africa win its freedom, and its lessons for us

A bright Africa?

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa by Dayo Olopade (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, ISBN 9780547678313)

Kwaku O. Kushindana

2014-05-15, Issue 678

In this review, Kwaku Kushindana questions whether the book’s optimistic conclusions are grounded in a framework that is realistic for all of contemporary Africa.

Beauty is…cultural transformation and empowerment

Michelle Yaa Asantewa

2014-05-01, Issue 676

The new film looks at a range of themes and through a variety of formats examines its central question of what beauty is for the African woman

Comrade President: A review

Ama Biney

2014-05-01, Issue 676

The new film on the Mozambican leader, Samora Machel, shows a dynamic figure who rose from nurse, guerrilla fighter, military commander to president of a nation that was assailed by many enemies. He is to be remembered for his achievements and desire for peace, justice, democracy and equality for all Mozambicans

‘Stokely – A Life’ starts strong, crashes hard

Ahjamu Umi

2014-03-19, Issue 670

The new biography does a great job of demonstrating the intellect, selflessness, commitment and absolute courage that characterized Kwame Ture’s work in the US in the 1960s. But the author fails to research, analyze and critically assess the value of Ture’s work in Africa, whose influence continues to this day.

From Pidgin English to Camfranglais

Review of ‘Camfranglais, A Glossary of Common Words, Phrases and Usages’ (2013) by Jean-Paul Kouega

Peter Wuteh Vakunta

2014-02-12, Issue 665

Kouega’s seminal work, ‘Camfranglais, A Glossary of Common Words, Phrases and Usages’, is a succinct study of the emergence and structure of a new linguistic code in Cameroon—Camfranglais

Zanzibar Revolution revisited: A short review essay

Amrit Wilson (2013), The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar. Pluto Press, London. XII + 175 pp.

Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi

2014-02-12, Issue 665

With its eight chapters and more than a dozen rare photographs of Zanzibar, this book is a well-researched study by a respected author of long-standing. It outlines the dramatic history of Zanzibar and its anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles

Tragedy of a music icon and the shame of a nation

Bashir Goth

2014-02-12, Issue 665

The great Somali musician Maxamad Saleeban Tubeec is ailing in Germany and is in dire need of money to undergo surgery. The Somali people and government should help – for this man’s contribution to the nation is immense

New book points towards a new Swaziland

Peter Kenworthy

2014-02-05, Issue 664

The new book are many more or less thinly veiled criticisms of the fictional Soshangane society - and by extension Swaziland - and the absolute monarchy that controls everything from the economy to the definition of culture

‘Long Walk’ humanises Mandela

But do we lose sight of the man who was Madiba?

Robtel Neajai Pailey

2014-01-08, Issue 660

The movie serves up a series of perfectly punctuated snapshots of the late stateman’s life. But it lacks the kind of psychological depth befitting a man who was larger than life

QUNU, a poem

Charles Mwewa

2014-01-08, Issue 660

The route to time-warmed freedom is still long And is a thousand Mandela’s resilience strong The aura of the splendid Cape Mountains Just lay few metres away from Qunu’s fountains For here, the great’s remains have been buried And here, his scepter of freedom’s is carried In these terrains of bigoted Apartheid, he walked And here, the towering figure of history has talked To a people, but all the people of his homelands For to one brother as to one sister all make bands And here forever the light of the night has risen In his long walk to freedom, injustice has fallen Mourn all nations, if not this peace we butcher For yourselves, not the dead, and your

Colonial languages

Márcio André

2013-11-28, Issue 656

Languages I wish I could talk to you in languages Touch you in Wolof Kiss your body in Lingala Love you in Bambara I wish I could talk to you in my own voices And with my music Those sounds which burn in our soul So, smiling in Chokwe Play with you in Swahili I dream of venting my being In Fula, Mandang And after that, loose myself in the between, in your Yoruba Remember in Umbundo Come in Kimbundo But, oh no, I only speak Portuguese Colonial languages And the post-colonial conditions And freedom? Which language to speak? Which chant to sing? Can silence translate it? Can space contain it? *Translated from Portuguese by Alyxandra Gomes

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