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Book Review: New African poetry turns history pictures to the wall
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Arts, Culture and Sport Book Review: New African poetry turns history pictures to the wall

Old Love Skin, a pan-African poetry collection, finds new voices summoning divinity where they please, and turning history pictures to the wall to fill in the blank negatives with ambivalence, impiety and intrigue. Poetry is, here, voice and breath, medicine and blood, origin and trace, unresolvedly tangled in a witching combat.

Obituary — Cont Mhlanga was relentlessly committed to arts development and free speech
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Arts, Culture and Sport Obituary — Cont Mhlanga was relentlessly committed to arts development and free speech

Zimbabwean Dramatist Continueloving “Cont” Mhlanga died in Bulawayo on Monday (1 August), aged 64. The highly regarded theatre director also made his mark as screenwriter, actor, arts manager and broadcaster. Banned and arrested by Robert Mugabe’s government, he was also fearlessly committed to free speech.

Meet Kenyan creative Polly Irungu, the first official photo editor for Office of VP Kamala Harris
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Arts, Culture and Sport Meet Kenyan creative Polly Irungu, the first official photo editor for Office of VP Kamala Harris

The White House visual storytellers help shape public perceptions and craft the impressions that become fixed in the collective imagination. Visual archives are, therefore, a crucial tool in defining an administration and its leaders. Kenyan self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is now a part of how Kamala Harris’ narrative unfolds.

Sungura cyberture – Mark Ngwazi on a mission to broaden Zimbabwe’s biggest music genre
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Arts, Culture and Sport Sungura cyberture – Mark Ngwazi on a mission to broaden Zimbabwe’s biggest music genre

Mark Ngwazi inherited a Sungura songbook which depended a little too much on folk wisdom and flat moralising. Humour, wordplay and counterintuitive observation could be Ngwazi’s strongest points but his charisma provides the binding virtue to the songs he is building from memes, jokes and wisecracks. Six albums in, his outdoor church is only growing.