Vamba Sherif
No one goes to Paradise to return from it. There is a pivotal moment in the great Mandé epic Sundiata , when Sundiata Keita, alias The Lion King, is forced to leave, to migrate. At this point, he is a young man, full of unbridled ambitions and possibilities. For the first time in his life, despite his obvious limp and speech difficulties, despite all the obstacles stacked against him, he is fully aware of his own powers. This event takes place sometime in the 13 th century and the world as we know... No one goes to Paradise to return from it. There is a pivotal moment in the great Mandé epic Sundiata , when Sundiata Keita, alias The Lion King, is...
UCT Vice Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng
I am writing to give you an update on the process of restoring the property of the University of Cape Town (UCT). After any event as traumatic as the #UCTFire, it is common for people to speculate and even unwittingly spread false reports about the extent of the damage, the cause of the crisis and the long-term outlook for recovery. This is especially common after a fire, because the affected buildings often cannot be entered immediately. Investigators and building professionals need time to assess... I am writing to give you an update on the process of restoring the property of the University of Cape Town (UCT). After any event as traumatic as the...
ZAM Reporter
In conversation with Dr. Divine Fuh about the recent burning down of the University of Cape Town’s library. In an online Studio ZAM lunch time on Monday 26 April, 2021, the social anthropologist and director of the Institute for Humanities in Africa at UCT spoke about loss and solidarity with efforts to build what has been destroyed. Fuh has also been a visiting fellow at the Africa Study Centre and was involved in Langa Research and Publishing as well as the African Boon Collective. That Day “On... In conversation with Dr. Divine Fuh about the recent burning down of the University of Cape Town’s library. In an online Studio ZAM lunch time on Monday...
Shannon Lorimer
Reports from the University of Cape Town have revealed that the entire contents of the Jagger Reading Room, along with six other buildings, were destroyed by the fire that swept through Table Mountain last week. According to a statement released by UCT, the fire destroyed the galleries, adjacent stores, and offices and gutted the roof of the Jagger Reading Room. The archival and published collections stored in the Reading Room were destroyed. This includes most of the African Studies published... Reports from the University of Cape Town have revealed that the entire contents of the Jagger Reading Room, along with six other buildings, were...
ZAM Reporter
In her first solo exhibition, Lola Keyezua (1988, Angola) explores the sexuality of the elderly by focusing on social, cultural and religious influences. After showing one of the photographs in the Amsterdam Galerie Bart group exhibition The Great Photography Special , last year, it was decided to present the whole series of ‘Never Too Old To Cut The Banana When Erected’ in the gallery. After graduating at the Royal Academy in The Hague in 2014, Keyezua returned to Luanda, where she lived from 2015... In her first solo exhibition, Lola Keyezua (1988, Angola) explores the sexuality of the elderly by focusing on social, cultural and religious influences....
ZAM Reporter
This group show investigates everyday objects and aspects of our daily lives that inspire the emergence of creativity —as well as the unexpected mediums that serve as canvases. Including artworks that are derived from, or stand in place of, everyday utilitarian objects, the exhibition includes such unlikely mediums as walking-sticks, motorbikes, ceramic tableware, and unique couture. Featuring Nyambo MasaMara, Laylaa Jacobs, Kevin Collins, Razia Myers, Hanna Noor Mohamed, Jeanius Exchange, Petrus... This group show investigates everyday objects and aspects of our daily lives that inspire the emergence of creativity —as well as the unexpected mediums...
ZAM Reporter
A conversation with the UCT's Dr. Divine Fuh on the impact of the recently destroyed archives. Last weekend, a fire destroyed part of the university's library. In addition to some historic buildings, part of the precious collection was lost. The library contains tens of thousands of valuable documents, books, sound recordings and more. This includes an impressive collection of African sources, including some from the 16th century. The collection includes 65 000 books, 26 000 pamphlets, 3 000... A conversation with the UCT's Dr. Divine Fuh on the impact of the recently destroyed archives. Last weekend, a fire destroyed part of the university's...
ZAM Reporter
This year’s Annual NIAS talks about violent and imagined pasts, and how can we make amends with it. With Jennifer Tosch, Femke Halsema and Christophe Bertossi. When we talk about the history of a country or a city, whose history are we talking about? Due to mobilizations such as Black Lives Matter, dominant narratives have become publicly contested; contested to include stories which were left forgotten. But if we talk about a shared history, such a normative history has to go beyond only including... This year’s Annual NIAS talks about violent and imagined pasts, and how can we make amends with it. With Jennifer Tosch, Femke Halsema and Christophe...
ZAM Reporter
This year’s online edition of Movies that Matter features at least four films of interest to our readership. Paradise Desert This is a world premiere! Filmmaker Ike Bertels takes us to a prosperous and happy diamond town in the south of Namibia that is forced to think about its future now that the mines are all emptied. Will the remaining inhabitants be able to turn the town around? This is an observational documentary which lets the townspeople and the stunning landscape speak for themselves. The... This year’s online edition of Movies that Matter features at least four films of interest to our readership. Paradise Desert This is a world premiere!...
His Excellency Yusuf M Tuggar, Nigerian Ambassador to Germany
Germany made a first step. However, ‘we need to break down the institutional inertia’, the Nigerian Ambassador to the country argues. Much has been written and said of late about the Benin Bronzes and Africa’s struggle for restitution of its stolen cultural properties in general. As one of the interlocutors who has helped to revitalise this longstanding issue that continues to trigger curiosity and capture public attention, I feel obliged to share my perspective on the long struggle for the... Germany made a first step. However, ‘we need to break down the institutional inertia’, the Nigerian Ambassador to the country argues. Much has been...
ZAM Reporter
Win een exemplaar van Nadia Owusu's spraakmakende memoir. Als Nadia twee is, laat haar Armeens-Amerikaanse moeder hun gezin in de steek. Nadia blijft achter met haar kleine zusje en hun Ghanese vader, die als ambtenaar bij de VN werkt. Ze bewonen plekken over de hele wereld: Rome, Dar es Salaam, Kumasi en Londen. Nadia spreekt meerdere talen en heeft meerdere thuislanden. Ze vraagt zich af of ze Europees, Afrikaans of Amerikaans is. Of niets van dat alles? Als haar vader overlijdt, voelt Nadia zich... Win een exemplaar van Nadia Owusu's spraakmakende memoir. Als Nadia twee is, laat haar Armeens-Amerikaanse moeder hun gezin in de steek. Nadia blijft...
Vamba Sherif
The djelis took cultures and traditions across the African continent and even the world. They even resonate in the works of rappers and spoken word artists. In his seminal work, The Guardian of the Word , Guinean novelist Camara Laye explored the work of Djeli’s in several countries in West Africa. Laye focused on his own people, the Mandé, who are spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali. In fact, many of the people of Sierra Leone,... The djelis took cultures and traditions across the African continent and even the world. They even resonate in the works of rappers and spoken word...
Stephanie Duncan Williams
As a second-generation Ghanaian diasporan born and bred in the Netherlands the work of James Barnor intrigues me in several ways. Certainly, because it gives me a glimpse of Ghanaian history, yet what stands out most are the photographs of Ghanaian women, which he captured in all their glory. Their poses, their attire, their hairstyles and the backdrop of the pictures, depicting a reality different than the status quo, allows me to imagine how the uniqueness of womanhood has travelled through space... As a second-generation Ghanaian diasporan born and bred in the Netherlands the work of James Barnor intrigues me in several ways. Certainly, because it...
Pieter van der Houwen
No others, same time in African Cosmologies. Photography, Time, and the Other. It is a beautifully produced book. The enticing image, Four Twins , by the late Nigerian artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode , overlaid by the imprinted title African Cosmologies , enhanced with titian metallic foil, creates an attractive case bound cover. Closed, the book triggers a sense of anticipation and curiosity that the click of an eBook simply cannot deliver. On opening this work it becomes immediately obvious that the... No others, same time in African Cosmologies. Photography, Time, and the Other. It is a beautifully produced book. The enticing image, Four Twins , by the...
Ernst Schade
Dambudzo Marechera still inspires those who fight for freedom and justice in the postcolony. The Zimbabwean writer (1952-1987) lived a short life but produced as many as a book of stories, two novels, a book of plays and plenty of poetry. His debut, The House of Hunger , published in 1978, a powerful account of his life under white rule, immediately won critical acclaim. Mindblast, or The Definitive Buddy , was written in 1984, the year after his return home and compromises three plays, a prose... Dambudzo Marechera still inspires those who fight for freedom and justice in the postcolony. The Zimbabwean writer (1952-1987) lived a short life but...
ZAM Reporter
In this online live event, Rose Wambui Kamande, Odilia Anyachi Okonga, Vamba Sherif and Rahab Njeri will discuss life and work, especially his latest work, The Perfect Nine with the Kenyan giant world literature. Ngugi's influence is indisputable. The continent of Africa and the entire world is proud to have him in their midst. He continues to extend the boundaries of literature and to emphasise the importance of native languages in the evolution of cultures. The conversation will take place on... In this online live event, Rose Wambui Kamande, Odilia Anyachi Okonga, Vamba Sherif and Rahab Njeri will discuss life and work, especially his latest...
ZAM Reporter
Here's a digital publication hailing Kenya's emerging designers, illustrators, writers, stylists and photographers coming together in times of COVID-19. WAUZINE, that takes its name from ‘Wau’ — Nairobi slang for ‘Wow’, is an online magazine set up in 2020 to showcase and celebrate the work of young creatives. The magazine has had three editions so far: The first, Neighbourhood, travels across Kenya's capital to explore its cultural landscape. A fashion story by creative director Sunny Dolat, a... Here's a digital publication hailing Kenya's emerging designers, illustrators, writers, stylists and photographers coming together in times of COVID-19....
Gwen Ansell
While his music was political, he did not want to be a ‘state composer’. Music is not a zero sum game with only one ‘best’. But if you seek to name one musician whose life embodies the South African people’s struggle for a national culture, it must be trombonist, composer and cultural activist Jonas Mosa Gwangwa , who was born on 19 October 1937 in Orlando East, Johannesburg, and died on 23 January 2021 in Johannesburg aged 83. Through 65 years on stage, Gwangwa’s playing contributed to every genre... While his music was political, he did not want to be a ‘state composer’. Music is not a zero sum game with only one ‘best’. But if you seek to name one...
Shannon Lorimer
A death sentence for the rank and file of poaching syndicates in southern Africa is inhuman and unconstitutional. In late November 2020, the Mail and Guardian reported that the Botswana Defence Force shot and killed four alleged poachers fishing along the Chobe river. Reports have since emerged stating that none of the fishermen were armed, and one of them may have been killed only after he was arrested. The incident has brought to the fore the controversial “shoot to kill” policy in place to curb... A death sentence for the rank and file of poaching syndicates in southern Africa is inhuman and unconstitutional. In late November 2020, the Mail and...
ZAM Reporter
The struggle for freedom of expression is key to the outstanding work of this Zimbabwean novelist, poet, play write and filmmaker. ‘For the past sixteen years, PEN International has given the PEN Award for Freedom of Expression at the opening ceremony of the Winternachten Festival in The Hague’, says PEN International President, Jennifer Clement. ‘With the active participation of Netherlands PEN and the PEN Emergency Fund, the award honours writers who have been persecuted for their work and... The struggle for freedom of expression is key to the outstanding work of this Zimbabwean novelist, poet, play write and filmmaker. ‘For the past sixteen...
ZAM Reporter
At its 446th birthday, Leiden University (Netherlands) will honour a great fighter for justice and self-determination. Graça Machel, born in 1945 in Gaza Province, Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique today), speaks to many people’s imaginations. From 1973, after studying German in Lisbon, she became a teacher and joined the Mozambican struggle for independence. After liberation in 1975, Machel, a member of Frelimo, was appointed Minister of Education and Culture. In that same year she married former... At its 446th birthday, Leiden University (Netherlands) will honour a great fighter for justice and self-determination. Graça Machel, born in 1945 in Gaza...