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Andrew Chatora’s debut novella Diaspora Dreams stares back at the White gaze
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Arts, Culture and Sport Andrew Chatora’s debut novella Diaspora Dreams stares back at the White gaze

Zimbabwean writer Andrew Chatora stares back at the white gaze and immigrant alienation in his debut novella, Diaspora Dreams. The English-teacher narrator is increasingly alone between a host country that cannot validate him and a home country that is too damaged for rear-view dreams.

KwaChirere previews Diaspora Dreams, a novel by Andrew Chatora
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Arts, Culture and Sport KwaChirere previews Diaspora Dreams, a novel by Andrew Chatora

Memory Chirere, a writer and literature lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe previews Diaspora Dreams, Andrew Chatora’s debut novel. It’s not the usual tale about a young Zimbabwean coming to the UK because of the crisis back home. Chatora rather “takes a very courageous and startling detour with this new book”.

Afrojazz innovator meditates mortality and pandemic creativity
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Arts, Culture and Sport Afrojazz innovator meditates mortality and pandemic creativity

Vital Signs, the critically acclaimed pandemic album by Zimbabwean jazz innovator Vee Mukarati, masterfully negotiates the lockdown dilemma of being relevant to your time while staying true to your art. Mukarati swings, meditates and sings on mortality, precarity and alienation on an album that is, at once, deeply personal, richly Zimbabwean and unmistakably global. The Switzerland-based artist discusses navigating the challenges of lockdown creativity in this exclusive interview with This Is Africa.

This Is Africa presents: COVID-19 storytelling series
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Arts, Culture and Sport This Is Africa presents: COVID-19 storytelling series

In a creative storytelling collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), This is Africa explores new realities, based on the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The collection of feature stories, essays, cartoons, video and animations brings together different experiences, initiatives and perspectives on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected and altered many lives across the continent as Africans continue to forge new realities and routines for themselves.