December 20, 2016
When Boubacar Traoré first achieved fame in the 1960s, it was tethered to a social responsibility. Hits like Mali Twist were immediately...
blog
May 7, 2016
I was instructed by Vieux Farka Toure’s manager to call Vieux Farka Toure sometime before 6pm EST. He would be in Bamako when I was...
Opinion
November 28, 2015
MIA released her latest video "Borders" recently and caused, as she so often does, an Internet uproar. Her self-directed video is a visual...
Reviews
November 18, 2015
African futures, travelling diasporic sounds and writing by Africans for Africans are at the core of the Chimurenga Library exhibition on...
blog
May 14, 2015
For the last six years, the Slants—a rock band based in Portland, Oregon—have been locked in a dispute with the US Patent and Trademark...
Conversations
April 6, 2013
Over a Skype connection from Cape Town to Belgium, I ring up the rapper Baloji. Our chat has been delayed multiple times, which is...
Conversations
January 14, 2013
South Africa is going through the most egregiously divisive periods of its young democracy. In the past two months, major news publications...
podcast
September 2, 2015
“Because it was a competition thing, I never got to sign off on the book,’ says author Andrew Miller in response to why he chose the name...