The Beats of Africa

The Observatory is very excited to announce its first collaboration with SAN ART for this unique event, which will feature a bonanza of African sounds brought to the dance floor by one of the highest specialists in the field – NTONE EDJABE. Ntone Edjabe is the founder and editor of the world-renowned Chimurenga magazine, and is also a fantastic DJ that specializes in African music in all of its vastly divergent inflections – from traditional percussion-focused rhythms to home-grown house. He has co-hosted the Soul Makossa programme on Bush Radio...

Diagnosing the Chimurenga Chronic

‘Encounter’ lecture series welcomes Ntone Edjabe, writer, journalist and musician of Cameroon origin, now based in Cape Town, South Africa. He will give a lecture about his role in establishing and directing the print and online pan-African platform called ‘Chimurenga’, which showcases art, society and culture. His presentation will focus on Chimurenga’s latest editorial project, The Chimurenga Chronic, which began as the once-off edition of a fictional newspaper published in October 2011, but back-dated to the week of 18-24 May 2008. The once-off edition of the Chronic was a social...

Ntone Edjabe

Ntone Edjabe is a writer, journalist and DJ who currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2002, Edjabe founded ‘Chimurenga’ (which means ‘revolutionary struggle’), an award-winning pan-African literary magazine that addresses and embraces the continent’s complexities. He is also the curator of the series of publications ‘African Cities Reader’ and co-presenter of influential radio programs in Cape Town. He is currently the curator of PASS (Pan African Space Station) and contributes to such publications as ‘Politique Africaine’, L’Autre Afrique and BBC Focus on Africa....