Chimurenga Sessions

Jeffery Allen in Conversation with Bongani Kona

On Wednesday 31 May 2017, Chimurenga hosted an intimate dialogue and recording session with special guest Jeffery Renard Allen, facilitated by Bongani Kona.

American poet, essayist and novelist Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books, including the widely celebrated novel Song of the Shank (2014), which is a take on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African-American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom. Allen is also the author of two collections of poetry, and two other works of fiction. He is currently a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Revisit the Chimurenga Session here, recorded live at our HQ in Cape Town.


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Chimurenga Sessions: Cape Town Library

Chimurenga Sessions CT Central Library May/ June, 2009 Louis Moholo & Neo Muyanga (in conversation) : 46m 56s (42.9MB) George Hallet on designing covers for Heinemann’s African Writers Series : 43m 15s(39.6MB) Gwen Ansell on “More than a symbol: jazz enacting rebellion in South African writing” : 29m 53s (27.3MB) Shelley Barry on programming Cape Town TV : 34m 59s (32MB) M. Neelika Jayawardane on sex and desire in JM Coetzee’s fiction : 34m 14s (31.3MB) S’bu “General” Nxumalo on …  ( continue reading

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On 2 December 2005, Chimurenga hosted Felasophy for the launch of Chimurenga 08: We’re All Nigerian, at Shivava Cafe in Newtown, Johannesburg. This Chimurenga Session included performances by Mxo, Tumi, Kwani Experience, Marcus Wyatt, DJ Kenzhero and more. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Felasophy here.  ( continue reading

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