Poem for Maponga and Nsingiza

Rebels from the Amen Corner Inspired by Joshua Marara Maponga and Mkhulu Nsingiza   The children of the stolen soil need not fear There is no dearth of leadership here, Afrika is not devoid of her teachers, warner’s and prophets There are the truly inspired as well as the thirsty for profits As the peopleContinue reading “Poem for Maponga and Nsingiza”

Written To Jazz by Biko’s Dream

threads of rhythmic memory music charged with the spirit of defiant dreams disquieting bass-lines and translucent chords imbued with the memory of these walls the visionary ghosts of women and men who have toiled here through the streets of bloodied gold and toxic asbestos brought here trembling and cold to life by the music thatContinue reading “Written To Jazz by Biko’s Dream”

Such and Suchness

This article originally appeared on: Genres of the Human In his new book, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics, Louis Chude-Sokei samples freely from history, music, literature and science, conjuring new meanings from dead texts, to build an echo chamber where the discourses of race and technology collide. At a time when automation threatens jobs andContinue reading “Such and Suchness”

freed style poetics

When will the Performance End? From Red lipped black books to cyber-spaced face books we still dance the minstrel show paid, underpaid and unpaid slaves With no intergenerational wealth to show While my people being the greater Gods still give away our Powers we Give until we got nothing for to live that is oursContinue reading “freed style poetics”

Stories Of Various Nows

I recently wrote an almost 5000 word short-story for some lucrative competition. Nervous as I was when I sent it, flaws and all, I was a little proud of it. I had meant to suffuse the whole tale with lots of music, lots of carefully placed images or symbols of Southern Afrikan, Nile Valley symbolismContinue reading “Stories Of Various Nows”

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