"Fela says, simply: Who no know go know."



As a sucker for print, I will buy almost any magazine at least once. I just came across Chimurenga, an excellent biannual (?) out of South Africa and I am at least one-dozen issues/three years late. It's a smart mix of fiction, reporting, essays, manifestos and art, all pegged to a vision of the pan African. In particular, the futbol issue -- which features fantastic interviews with Lilian Thuram and Diego Maradona (on his way to an anti-poverty rally) and intrepid reporting from throughout the continent -- and the "black technology" issue are excellent.

The Chimurenga Library is an astonishing resource. It collects cover images and selected article reprints from independent pan African print periodicals from around the world.

The magazine's website has a bit of content, but seek out physical copies for the artwork and photography. It's not terribly easy to find, but New Yorkers can pick up back issues at Other Music, St. Mark's and the New Museum.

Related: the Pan African Space Station sounds amazing

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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