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q&a: Alhaji Papa Susso, Griot

Afrika’s tales, triumphs and failures are etched in our bodies, in our souls.  They ooze out of our pores in poetry, art, song, dance, music.  They are carved in our mothers’ and fathers’ wrinkles and calloused hands – untold.  They...

poet profile: Jessica Mbangeni, the Slamming Imbongi

For a while, I’ve had little regard for imbongi of the Xhosa tradition.  ‘What’s the all the noise!’  I’ve often said.  ‘Why do they always interrupt things?’  The snob in me spoke...  Although, I shouldn’t tell you this but, most...

Nigger What!?

So manje nay' indaba... over a year ago, I came across a book with an interesting title - CAPITALIST NIGGER - and I bought it. I read the book. Finished it. Thought deeply about it. And now, though still unsettled...

When silence is not golden by Briggs Bomba

For a long time now, ordinary Zimbabweans have had an expectation that South Africa will use its leverage as the biggest political and economic power in Sub-Saharan Afrika to support the realisation of the democratic ideals of the people of...