Chimurenga Sessions

All sessions that took place at Central Library, Drill Hall, Darling Street, during the exhibition period.

A1, B3, M4, O3, R6
May 6: Buckfever Underground; Dead Revolutionaries Club on the DRC; Keorapetse Kgositsile

A3, B6, T3, M4
May 13: State of Cassava; S’bu “General” Nxumalo & Mazibuko K. Jara (in conversation)

A3, H3, M3, T2, T3
May 20: Shelley Barry on programming Cape Town TV; Mokena Makeka & Sean O’Toole (in conversation)

L3, R5, R6, T3, M4
May 27: Sam Raditlhalo on Es’kia Mphahlele; Hymphatic Thabs

B3, F3, S2, T3, W2
June 3: M. Neelika Jayawardane on sex and desire in JM Coetzee’s fiction; “Debating Politics and Aesthetics in African Art” (Conversation with Muthoni Kimani, Ayesha Price and Desiree Lewis)

B5, M4, T3, E3, L1, R5
June 10: George Hallet on designing covers for Heinemann’s African Writers Series; Louis Moholo & Neo Muyanga (in conversation)

B3, M4, R7, T3
June 17: Gwen Ansell on “More than a symbol: jazz enacting rebellion in South African writing”; Rustum Kozain


Speakers/Performers bios

Keorapetse Kgositsile is a poet and essayist. His poetry books include Spirits Unchained (1969), The Present Is a Dangerous Place to Live (1975), When the Clouds Clear (1990) and This Way I Salute You (2004).

Formed in 1998 by Toast Coetzer and Gilad Hockman, The Buckfever Underground combine darkly comical yet poetic, spoken English and Afrikaans lyrics with desolate soundscapes and unhinged post-rock guitars. The band released its third studio album, Saves, in 2007. They are about to release a live album entitled Limbs Gone Batty – or the role of the anterior-posterior patterning signal, sonic hedgehog, in the development of the unique bat limb. Current members include Coetzer (vocals), Hockman (bass), Jon Savage (keyboards) and Stephen Timm (percussion/ keys). The Chimurenga concert will feature only Coetzer and Timm. More on

The Dead Revolutionaries Club is an art and publishing collective based in Johannesburg. Members include: Kemang Wa Lehulere; Kwezi Gule; Sharlene Khan; Bandile Gumbi and Fouad Asfour. Find them at

A DJ, social luminary and writer, S’busiso “The General” Nxumalo was a founding editor of Y Magazine, South Africa’s first black youth magazine.

Mazibuko Jara is a member of the SACP and co-managing editor of Amandla Publishers.

State of Cassava evolved from singer/songwriter Viki Mangaliso’s previous band Kwezimalaika, and features Viki on vocals and guitar, and Ncebakazi Mnukwana on vocals and percussions.

The chief architect of Makeka Design Laboratory, the architects involved in the Cape Town Station transformation, Mokena Makeka focuses on fusing the disciplines of urban design, interior design architecture and art to explore the interrelationship between society and space.

Sean O’ Toole is a Cape Town-based journalist and writer. He is the editor of Art South Africa, a regular contributor to Colors, Creative Review, frieze, ID and Kyoto Journal and the author of The Marquis of Mooikloof and Other Stories (2006).

Sam Raditlhalo is a writer, editor and scholar. He teaches at the University of Cape Town, where he specializes in African literary studies and South African life writings.

A veteran in the Joburg underground hip-hop scene, Hymphatic Thabs (Thabiso Mohapeloa) has shared stages with performers like Linton Kwesi Johnson and The Last Poets. Hymphatic produces, promotes and markets his own work � which is often experimental. To date, his projects, often experimental in style, include Error Era, Perfect Times and the recently released Age Of Horus.

M. Neelika Jayawardane is scholar of transnational and postcolonial literature based at State University of New York-Oswego and the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.

Desiree Lewis teaches in Gender Studies at UWC. Her research interests and publications have focused on feminism, sexuality and gender; South African literature and visual cultures. She is generally interested in cultural politics and resistance in South Africa.

Muthoni Kimani is a Kenyan graphic designer, digital textile artist, painter and gender activist in the cultural field.

George Hallet is a Cape Town-based photographer known for documenting African music and literary worlds in exile during the 70s and 80s. He also produced cover images for the African Writers Series.

Self taught South African jazz drummer, Louis Moholo is a co-founder of the revered Blue Notes and later the London based Brotherhood of Breath. He often featured in the Dedication Orchestra and is a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra. He lives in Cape Town.

Neo Muyanga is a songwriter, composer and one of South Africa’s most acclaimed musical directors, most recently for the Royal Shakesperare Company’s production of The Tempest. He is also a founder of Blk Sonshine, and co-curator of the Pan African Space Station (, a music and radio project in Cape Town.

An educator and journalist, Gwen Ansell has been writing about South African jazz since she served on the committee of the Oxford University Jazz Society in the late 1960s. She writes for the Mail & Guardian, Business Day and The Weekender, is the author of Soweto Blues: Jazz, Politics and Popular Music in South Africa and co-author of the South Africa chapters in the latest edition of the Rough Guide to World Music. In 2008, she was Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University in New York, lecturing on the history of South African Jazz.

A poet whose writings have appeared in journals both in South Africa and abroad, Rustum Kozain, has also published some fiction, criticism and (food-related) journalism. His debut collection of poetry, This Carting Life, appeared in 2005.

WikiAfrica workshops

In keeping with the Chimurenga Library’s focus on collaborative editing, content and knowledge sharing, Chimurenga will host four WikiAfrica workshops at the Cape Town Central Library, in collaboration with Cape Africa Platform, lettera 27 Foundation and local schools. WikiAfrica is a collaborative and international project designed to increase African content in Wikipedia through networks, research, projects, publications, and events.

Dates: Mon 15, Wed17, Thurs 18, Fri 19 June from 10:00A.M – 12:30 PM

Venue: Central Library, Drill Hall, Darling St

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