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Koleka Putuma Releases Sonic Experience for 'Collective Amnesia'

Koleka Putuma has released an audio book for 'Collective Amnesia' following the tremendous success of the anthology.

Koleka Putuma has returned with the release of an audio book for her successful debut anthology, Collective Amnesia. The outspoken South African poet, queer feminist and theatre practitioner returns with her unique voice to add a sonic experience to her successful seminal work.


Collective Amnesia (The Audio Experience) is in collaboration with PaperCranes Collective, an interdisciplinary arts production company. Currently on 10 reprints in South Africa, it has also received awards including the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Putuma moves with an unstoppable momentum and continues to unravel the disturbing collective amnesia of the nation with the release of this audio book which will be made publicly available on October 8th 2020.

Read: Koleka Putuma is the Groundbreaking New Voice of South African Poetry

Collective Amnesia speaks to the collective consciousness of South Africa and zones in on the real harsh realities of being Black, queer and female identifying in South Africa. Gender based violence has been a plague in South Africa for years and Putuma has always had the knack to tap into the psyche and voice of the voiceless without need for flourish. Collective Amnesia was released in 2017 and became a literary antidote to the psychological oppression faced by women all over the world. The success of the book prompted a national and international tour just three months after it was published.

Putuma shot to fame on local poetry stages in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She was a prominent feature and headliner on Johannesburg's popular poetry league slams WordnSound where the performance of her somber poem "Water" gained her respect for her literary prowess. Soon afterwards, Collective Amnesia was released and broke South Africa's book sales records. Putuma's raw and unapologetic poems have gained favour overseas with translations in Spanish. German, Dutch and Italian.

Collective Amnesia was adapted into a play titled No Easter Sunday for Queers in 2019 and was sold out every night at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. No Easter Sunday for Queers zoned into homophobia, religion and the senseless killing of queers particularly Black lesbians. Following the success of the play, Putuma released a chilling poem titled "Every three hours" to bring to the fore the seriousness of femicide.

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AFCON Stampede Leaves 6 Dead, 40 Injured In Cameroonian Stadium

The unfortunate event took place Monday, ahead of the host country Cameroon's match against Comoros.

At least six people have died after a stampede broke out outside of Olembe Stadium in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. The stampede erupted ahead of the host country's match against East African islanders Comoros, during this year's African Cup of Nations competition. Forty more were injured, while Naseri Paul Biya -- governor of the central region of Cameroon -- said there could be more casualties announced as the night progresses. “We are not in a position to give you the total number of casualties,” he said.

The violent event took place at the same stadium which hosted the tournament's opening ceremony, on January 9. The 60,000 capacity stadium was built while the host country got ready for the delayed tournament, and saw fans get crushed as they tried to make their way into the stadium. Several eye-witnesses have claimed that the disturbance took place at the stadium's entrance. Reports of injured children being crushed during the incident were also reported.

Despite the ruckus, the match went on. Minnows Comoros is ranked 132nd in the world and was diluted down to ten men... seven minutes into the game. Midfielder Najdim Abdou being dismissed during the opening exchanges for stomping on the back of Cameroon's Moumi Ngamaleu's ankle definitely didn't set the game off to an optimistic start.

Meanwhile, officials at the Messassi hospital close to the stadium said that they had received at least 40 injured people at their health center alone. Said officials spoke of their hospital being incapable of treating all of the wounded who were rushed in by police and civilians.

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