March, 2009

Artist talk – 4 April at 4pm, Arts on Main

Claudia Shneider presents her current installation

Living and Dying in Africa

on Saturday, 4 April at 4pm
in 'Arts on Main'
(40, Berea Street – between Main Street and Fox Street), Johannesburg.
The installative sculpture can be viewed from 31 March to 10 April 2009 (9am to 5pm)

Ntone Edjabe, journalist, respected DJ, founder and editor of Chimurenga Magazine

1. What does the idea of a manifesto mean to you?


2. What are some of the manifestos that you consider significant for
historical or personal reasons?

Four immediatly come to mind: Biko's "I write what I like"; Fanon's

"O my body, make of me always a man who questions!"; Sun Ra's "The


Platform & Program
October 1966

WE WANT freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. 
WE BELIEVE that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.

Andile Mngxitama on Thami Mnyele and MEDU Arts Ensemble Retrospective at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Thami Mnyele the artist was killed long before the 1985 apartheid raid exterminated him and eleven others in Botswana, Gaborone. The sense of compromising one’s art for the sake of urgent demands of the revolution are palpable in the transition between Mnyele’s earlier works to his later art as a revolutionary in exile.

Kwani? Nr. 5 in bookstores now

KwaniDouble issue Kwani? Nr. 5 examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections is available in bookstores now.

'The World is Flat' 21 March at CCA, Lagos

twifForthcoming exhibition 21 March – 2 May 2009

'The World is Flat'

Lise Mogel (US)
Krydz Ikwuemesi (NIG)
Heman Chong (SG)
Lasse Lau (DK)

curated by Johanne Loegstrup

opening times
Tues - Sat 10am - 6pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Lagos

David Koloane

DKACTawardOn 18 September 2008, David Koloane, along with Miriam Makeba (Music) and Lynette Marais (Multi-disciplinary), were honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Arts and Culture Trust.

I maid de wite bred


I maid de wite bred end it didn't wek out akording 2 de plan.
Must hav had sumtin 2 do wit de ingridients. I used hard red
Montana w'eat dat I did grind by hand insted of de fine wite
flour. De "sponge" did not enlarg as plann'd, nor
did it rise abov de bleck line de second tym 'round wen I

Lucky Kunene's Manifesto

lucky1‘I had two heroes, Karl Marx and Al Capone. Al Capone said if you’re gonna steal, steal big. But Karl Marx said all property is theft. I think they’d both be proud of me.’

‘The beginning. Soweto. 1994. Freedom. The New South Africa. A new dawn. A new day. A fresh start, a clean page. A new beginning. And I had dreams.’

Genghis manifesto

1. We are black and proud (okay, not all of us are black but we’re still proud of them too).
2. We are African and proud (okay, we are not all African but we’re proud of them too).
3. We are resoundingly leftist.
4. Except when we unashamedly accept sponsorship.
5. We love the South (and everything laterally and vertically South)
6. …which strangely manages to all be poor


Don’t know what to do, but must to do something. So, while doing somehow I get an idea what it is that I am doing. Use writing as an escape-hatch in a world that is not so much interested in questions but answers. Searching for and inventing new and more questions, never settling for answers.



I embrace the cannibals and the savages. I embrace the child soldiers and the dictators. I embrace rapist and survivor alike. I celebrate the past and the present. I embrace torturer and the tortured because Steve Biko is dead and he won't be coming back.

Carlito Manifesto

‘Don’t take me to no hospital please. Fuckin’ emergency rooms don’t save nobody.’
‘Don’t worry. My heart, it don’t ever quit.’
‘I was already a mean little bastard, while my mother was still alive, and I know it.’
‘Favour gonna kill you faster than a bullet.’
‘I know a lot about cars. I’ve been stealing them since I was 14.’

History in epic proportions

epic: long poem narrating the adventures or deeds of one or more heroic or legendary figures.

Thami Mnyele at JAG, 12 December 2007 – 31 March 2008

"Arte inVisible" at ARCO, Madrid 11 – 16 February 2009

Installation views Arte inVisible

YELLOWMAN, Market Theatre 14 January – 1 March 2009

 yellowman Watching the play Yellowman at the Market Theatre earlier this year, I was reminded of Njabulo Ndebele's novella Fools (1983).

Keti Chukrov, philosopher (Berlin/Moscow)

KetiNomadic Theatre of a Communist