Chimurenga is a chronically good read

2015-04-05 09:15

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The new edition of quarterly pan-African periodical Chimurenga Chronic (pictured) has just been released and it’s richer than ever.

Revolving this time around the theme of cartography, the much-loved gazette tackles the geographical, psychological and social issues associated with place in a collection of incredible stories and illustrations.

The edition opens with an interview about digital communications in Africa with heavyweight intellectual Achille Mbembe and follows with more high-quality contributions from Chris Abani and Billy Kahora, to name just two.

At first glance, the edition seems heavy going for skim readers and BuzzFeed enthusiasts, but with a little time and patience, it’s an important and enlightening collection of long-form writing.

One of the most interesting offerings is a map showing political and pop culture associations with different places in Africa involved in the building of a rising Africa.

From Y’ello and Yebo Gogo for South Africa to Silicon Valley for Kenya, the associations are incisive and amusing.

For anyone interested in issues of identity, belonging, and place making, this edition packs an incredible intellectual punch.

Order Chronic at or purchase for R95 in bookstores and newsstands across SA

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