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The Bard Of Bloemfontein

Posted 30 July 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | 10 Comments

In this article excerpted from the Arts & Review section of The Chimurenga Chronic, Achal Prabhala goes to the heart of the Free State literary renaissance with the “deliberately mysterious and prodigiously talented” Omoseye Bolaji. [Research material : Article brief & reading list]      The literati in Bloemfontein are a rapidly expanding tribe and […]

Somewhere Between A Scream And A Lullaby

Posted 30 July 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

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, in this excerpt from the Arts & Review section of The Chimurenga Chronic. [Research material : Article brief & reading list] “Art is the strength to […]

Nollywood 2.0

Posted 15 April 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

Nollywood has mostly been about quantity not quality. It’s a strategy that has made it the he second largest film industry in the world in terms of number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the United States and behind the Indian film industry. Sixteen years after the release of Living in Bondage, the […]

Vinyl Cover Art

Posted 07 April 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

We explore the unique cover artwork of South African township pop and jazz albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s – as the rising spirit of black consciousness and the struggle for self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to artists to find new paths – both visually, musical and economic. The record sleeves of […]

A Legacy of Note… Louis Moholo in conversation with Neo Muyanga

Posted 16 February 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | 3 Comments

Self taught South African jazz drummer, Louis Moholo is a co-founder and the last living member of the revered Blue Notes and later the London based Brotherhood of Breath. He often featured in the Dedication Orchestra and is a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra. He lives in Cape Town. Here we hear him in […]

Auto-tune

Posted 06 February 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

Over the last 10 years Auto-Tune has pitched-shifted from being studio-based software designed to discreetly to smooth over wrong notes to become the robotic voice of commercial pop music – adding machine modulations and cybernetic sheen to everyone from Cher to Kayne West and Lil Wayne. Its meteoric rise in the West confounded musical purist […]

Roktowa

Posted 31 January 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

The derelict old Red Stripe Brewery on Pechon Street has long been emblematic of Downtown Kingston‘s urban decay – as Jamaica’s Observer described it: “a prominent edifice whose derelict façade has beaten it into something morosely unobtrusive, largely present, but hardly noticed anymore.” All this changed when artist Melinda Brown moved into building, re-imagining it […]

Propaganda and politics tunnel vision history of art activism in South Africa by Percy Mabandu

Posted 30 January 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

Writer’s Brief Diana Wylie‘s book Art and Revolution – The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, published in April 2008 preceded a torrent of books examining South African art’s “forgotten” story: BC artists and collectives and alternative art histories.  The Johannesburg Art Gallery opened the Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble exhibition in the last […]

Introducing The Hardline According To The Artist Formerly Known As Terence Trent D’arby by Miles Marshall Lewis

Posted 29 January 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

Reading List D’Arby, T T 1987  Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby. Columbia Records —. Neither Fish Nor Flesh. Columbia Records —.  1993 Symphony or Damn. Columbia Records —. 1995 Vibrator. Columbia Records,1995 Maitreya, S 2001, Wildcard (reissued in 2002 as Wildcard! – The Jokers’ Edition). Sananda Records —.  2005, ‘Angels & Vampires […]

Benda Courant by Cédrick Nzolo

Posted 28 January 2011 | By | Categories: arts & review | No Comments

Reading List Nzolo, C & Malaquais, D ‘My Other Life,’ Transition – Issue 102, 2009, pp. 2-7 Nzolo, C Cédrick Nzolo Blog,<http://creanzo.blogspot.com/> Cédrick Nzolo Creative Africa Network, <http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/20560/en>

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