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Retrospective Pan-African Gazette 'Chimurenga Chronic' Returns

Retrospective pan-African newspaper "Chimurenga Chronic" returns as a quarterly publication.


What is time? Novelist and literary academic Imraan Coovadia in his brilliant essay, "Midnight," writes that science has yet to come up with a satisfactory description: “an account of why it exists and how it progress… the physical time of the cosmos, expressed in the changes of subatomic particles and forces and billion sun galaxies, differs from historical time, with its emphasis on economic and cultural processes, and also from the psychological time of human beings.” The point is that time is not as linear as we supposed it to be.

Working with the idea of time as plural and taking their cue from cosmic jazz visionary Sun Ra (who once said “equation wise, the first thing to do is consider internal linktime as officially ended …we’ll work on the other side of time”), the team behind the award-winning Chimurenga Chronic imagined the once-off retrospective newspaper as a time machine. Published in 2011, the paper traveled back in time to the week of the xenophobic violence in South Africa (18-24 May 2008) which left scores of immigrants dead and thousands of others displaced.

Following on the success of the once-off edition, the Chimurenga Chronic will be launched as a quarterly Pan-African gazette ‘now-now’ at the end of March 2013. “It is a publication borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently,” says the press release announcing the launch; “to begin asking new questions, or even the old ones anew.” And later it says: “we titled it the Chimurenga Chronic, a nod to both the art of chronicling, of documenting historical events in real time (the time-zone we call ‘now-now’), and because things are, well yes, chronic.”

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About the features, the rapper says:

"Even though it all ties in together, the whole project isn't just one sound. The production is so layered that each sound peaks depending on your mood. There are different textures because of the features and that gives it different moods. Like, "Whispering To the Moon" with The Hics just adds that pop of colour to the record. With my first two projects I had no features, I probably had one feature across my debut album and EP. Approaching these features was kind of like going outside and playing with my friends. I feature everybody off an organic process and I had to experience a real moment with you. These are some of my favourite artists in the world and I think it's just ridiculous that it all happened on my project. Then the producers. Some who've worked on some of the greatest projects like Forest Hills Drive or Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, alongside producers that worked on Yellow by Shane Eagle. Having them all on one project has some significance. This is basically me saying 'When I do features, look who I want to be around.'"

Dark Moon Flower sees Shane rapping about a range of topics, meandering between sentimental and egotistical. Speaking on the personal subject matter, the emcee says:

"Instead of letting my experiences become my downfall, I kind of use them as my strength. On songs like "Evolve", being able to scream and let that out means when I'm done recording it doesn't affect me. It's therapeutic, and being able to rap those lyrics empowers me and also empowers the listener at the end of the day. It does take something for me to create those records 'cause sometimes you need to say the right thing for someone to get the message. On 'Story Time' especially, the production is very hard and there's almost this futuristic way of telling a story. I'm tapping into that when I say 'I had to lose my father in order to find the keys to the cage.' So the thing that I lost actually gave me direction. I just tell my true life story and put it into the music, that's what's gotten me to this point."

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