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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.

The ideological faultlines of vaccine procurement
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Politics and Society The ideological faultlines of vaccine procurement

Nationalisation and liberalisation are false opposites in the ongoing vaccine rollout. Procurement disparities under both regimes show the need to move beyond the classic coordinates of ideology. In our seamless global order, disease outbreaks, displacement and climate change no longer respect race or class, argues Onai Mushava.

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.

Connected states of Africa – Creatives look beyond national lockdowns
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Arts, Culture and Sport Connected states of Africa – Creatives look beyond national lockdowns

The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted dynamic Pan-African movements and efforts but artists are regrouping to pursue new opportunities enabled by the internet. Digitally and financially inclusive models are the next step to empower citizens and creatives, circumventing various existing restrictions.

How to be Oliver Mtukudzi
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Arts, Culture and Sport How to be Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi is dead but the world has hardly begun to skim the surface of his greatness. In this tribute, Stan Mushava flips through the African superstar’s catalogue, looking at how conscientiousness, attachment to heritage and artistic integrity were not only central to the making of the legend but are also the universal mainstays of art.

Dorothy Masuka and the problem of the state
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Lifestyle Dorothy Masuka and the problem of the state

Following the death of legendary singer-songwriter Dorothy Masuka at 83, Stan Mushava reflects on how she was denied a place both in Rhodesia and South Africa. Similar post-colonial experiences of artists, journalists and activists support the argument that ultimately it must be the role of the African Union and sub-regional bodies to protect free expression, because individual states have narrower minds and temporary interests.