Uhuru Phalafala

LAUNCHING MINE MINE MINE

We are pleased to be launching a new collection of poems by Uhuru Phalafala, MINE MINE MINE – a personal narration of her family’s experience of the migrant labour system in South Africa.

Uhuru will be in conversation and reading with Koleka Putuma.

Chimurenga Factory
Thurs, 12 Oct. 6pm

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 18 March 2022 – 3pm: Fugitive Archives

In the final broadcast, we discuss methods of recovering, curating, re-presenting and conserving black collective and fugitive practice. With Uhuru Phalafala, Sinazo Mtshemla, Lerato Kuzwayo, Kgomotso Ramushu. Dr Uhuru Phalafala is a scholar, an artist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She is author of the upcoming monograph on Keorapetse Kgositsile titled Black Radical Traditions from the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement. She heads a project that repatriates and republishes apartheid-era cultural production. Sinazo Mtshemla is a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

Liberation Radio is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, live from our Cape Town studio on the 15th -18th of March from …  ( continue reading

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HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS

“Home is where the music is” is drawn from Keorapetse Kgositsile’s poem “For Hughie Masekela”, dedicated to the South African trumpeter, composer and bandleader. The poem ends with the lines, “This then is the rhythm / and the blues of it / Home is where the music is”. The poem was published in the 1974 collection, The Present Is A Dangerous Place To Live, however it was presented to Masekela earlier. Bra Hugh then recorded a double album titled Home …  ( continue reading

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