ZAM
Thanks to the courtesy of publisher AtlastContact, we are giving away three copies of Zwart. Afro-Europese Literatuur uit de Lage Landen (ed. by Vamba Sherif and Ebissé Rouw). If you want to win a copy of this anthology of Afro-European Literature from the low countries, the first of its kind, please send an email to info@zammagazine.com before Sunday 11 February, 2018, 12 pm CET. Entry has now closed and the three winners will receive a copy by the publisher. We have published one of the chapters... Thanks to the courtesy of publisher AtlastContact, we are giving away three copies of Zwart. Afro-Europese Literatuur uit de Lage Landen (ed. by Vamba...
Simone Atangana Bekono
This short story by Simone Atangana Bekono is one of a recently published anthology Zwart. Afro-Europese Literatuur uit de Lage Landen in the Netherlands . Editors are Ebissé Rouw and Vamba Sherif Nadat oom Frederick rond vier uur ’s middags, zestien dagen voor kerst, zijn laatste adem had uitgeblazen, werden de voorbereidingen voor zijn begrafenis efficiënt in gang gezet. Bella belde direct erna mijn moeder op. Mijn moeder hing haar jurk aan de deur van haar kledingkast en stelde ons een voor een... This short story by Simone Atangana Bekono is one of a recently published anthology Zwart. Afro-Europese Literatuur uit de Lage Landen in the Netherlands...
Laura Engels*
Afrofuturism and the grand debate about (post) colonial, fragmented identities,stolen history and shattered dreams Visitors to Creating Other Futures , an exhibition at De Melkweg in Amsterdam, will feelarl a sense of displacement when they are surrounded by the sound, colours and moving images during the exhibition. Fascinated by these converging elements, I was drawn to these works of art, specifically those that use different kinds of montage, like the work of Chinese artist Ming Wong. By using... Afrofuturism and the grand debate about (post) colonial, fragmented identities,stolen history and shattered dreams Visitors to Creating Other Futures ,...
Christina Månsson
The protagonist Moses in Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses grows up in an orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire in the independent Republic of the Congo that is on the eve of the creation of the imaginary People's Republic of the Congo, a Marxist–Leninist state. As the novel starts Moses recalls his years in the orphanage from the moment he was abandoned there as a baby to the inner turmoil and desires he experienced as he becomes an adolescent. He recalls a catholic priest Papa Moupelo, a... The protagonist Moses in Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses grows up in an orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire in the independent Republic of the Congo...
ZAM
ZAM, the platform for African change, is celebrating Nelson Mandela's centenary with an elaborate program of activities: Mandela100 . This program will inform a yearlong critical search for today's relevance of Mandela's work and ideas. The highlight of Mandela100 will be the Nelson Mandela Lecture scheduled for December 2018. To make this Lecture happen, ZAM is currently looking for a fundraiser in the private sector on a 'no cure, no pay' basis. In Mandela’s life of resistance, strategic insight,... ZAM, the platform for African change, is celebrating Nelson Mandela's centenary with an elaborate program of activities: Mandela100 . This program will...
ZAM Reporter
On 20 December 2017, Biram Dah Abeid, leader of the Mauritanian l'Initiative pour la résurgence du mouvement abolitionniste (IRA) met with members of the ZAM Team and Conny Braam, former president of the Anti-Apartheids Beweging Nederland (AABN). Slavery and racism are much alive in todays' Mauritania. While forbidden by law, the practice of enslavement lives on in thousands of households, in factories and in agriculture. “Judges, politicians, the police, they all conveniently look away when asked... On 20 December 2017, Biram Dah Abeid, leader of the Mauritanian l'Initiative pour la résurgence du mouvement abolitionniste (IRA) met with members of the...
Juul van der Laan
The people's professor The Ghanaian academic Francis Allotey was more than a great scientist, or maybe an example of what this title should entail. Born on August 9th 1932 in Saltpont Ghana, he was 85 years when he suddenly passed away in the evening of November 2nd 2017. During his lifetime 'Prof' not only excelled in the language of Mathematical Physics, understood only by a few, he also managed to speak a language through which he could reach many. A language of passion and for people. He was... The people's professor The Ghanaian academic Francis Allotey was more than a great scientist, or maybe an example of what this title should entail. Born...
ZAM Reporter
AfroPunk took Johannesburg, South Africa by storm (and a little rain) in the final days of 2017. Music, experimental fashion and spoken word were all part of an exhilarating celebration of modern Africa. They say AfroPunk is much more than just a festival – it is a movement. From Brooklyn, NY, where AfroPunk was launched in 2005, it moved to Paris, London, Atlanta – finally landing on African soil in Johannesburg. And for good reason: “Modern South Africa is proof of the victory of otherness over... AfroPunk took Johannesburg, South Africa by storm (and a little rain) in the final days of 2017. Music, experimental fashion and spoken word were all...
Bart Luirink
Change has come to Zimbabwe. A coup-not-be-called-a-coup made an end to 37 years of Mugabe rule. The tyrant was sent home with a 10 million Dollar package deal. His friends, some will say his masters, took over and euphoria coloured the day. A new beginning ? This was precisely the title of an article ZAM published in 2008 . It recorded voices of hope in the Zimbabwean diaspora. There are no easy victories and the real character of change in Zimbabwe still has to show. In the meantime: let's... Change has come to Zimbabwe. A coup-not-be-called-a-coup made an end to 37 years of Mugabe rule. The tyrant was sent home with a 10 million Dollar...
ZAM Reporter
Three South African artists – Usha Seejarim, Lawrence Lemanoana and Hannelie Coetzee – have been nominated for the creation of a monument honouring Nelson Mandela in Ghent, Belgium. The Mandela @Ghent Project is a collaboration between the University and the City of Ghent, Africalia and the South African Embassy. The initiators have recently started a crowdfunding campaign in support of the monument to be erected in De Krook neighbourhood. For more information check... Three South African artists – Usha Seejarim, Lawrence Lemanoana and Hannelie Coetzee – have been nominated for the creation of a monument honouring...
ZAM Reporter
The reports of Dutch former diplomat Coen Stork (1928 – 2017) of the 1964 Rivonia Trial challenged misconceptions about South African freedom fighters. In October 2017, former Dutch diplomat Coen Stork passed away at age 89. In 1964 Stork was an observer at the Rivonia Trial in South Africa. The factual reports ('cables') he prepared for the Dutch Foreign Affairs office are testimony to a courageous and highly independent understanding of events. Stork did not take Apartheid propaganda for granted... The reports of Dutch former diplomat Coen Stork (1928 – 2017) of the 1964 Rivonia Trial challenged misconceptions about South African freedom fighters....
ZAM Reporter
You are invited to join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in marking the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing. The keynote address will be delivered by General Bantu Holomisa. At the event the Foundation will also outline its Nelson Mandela Centenary programme and launch the exhibition Unthreading Mandela . Event details Time: 17:30 Date: 5 December 2017 Location: 107 Central Street, Houghton - Nelson Mandela Foundation RSVP: Please confirm your attendance to noreenw@nelsonmandela.org You are invited to join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in marking the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing. The keynote address will be delivered...
ZAM Reporter
With no less than six members of ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective presenting their deep-digging stories, plus the showing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ undercover documentary ‘Justice!’, plus a book launch on 75 years of investigative journalism on the African continent , plus the Global Shining Light Award for investigative journalism awarded to AIPC member the Premium Times, African investigative journalists occupied their deserved place on the international stage at the... With no less than six members of ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective presenting their deep-digging stories, plus the showing of...
ZAM Reporter
Bringing together African change makers, Dutch activists and the diaspora in a joint event of solidarity. On Monday 20 November the ZAM studio in Amsterdam was packed. In the presence of Keval Harie, director of the Gays and Lesbians Memory in Action (GALA) archives in Johannesburg and co-editor Makhosazana Xaba, we launched the exciting Queer Africa 2: New Stories . This collection brings together 26 fiction and non-fiction stories on queer identity from seven African countries and offers... Bringing together African change makers, Dutch activists and the diaspora in a joint event of solidarity. On Monday 20 November the ZAM studio in...
ZAM Reporter
Join Pak je avond!, an inclusive celebration on December 5, 2017. An evening filled with art, music, poetry, dance and food. Amongst the performing artists are: Guillermo Blinker, Babs Franklin Gons, Marassa, Marikit M. Saturay, Robin Scherpen, Glenn Helberg, Nafiss Nia, Sieger Baljon, Sahand Sahebdivani. Yahmani Blackman will host the evening. Event information Date: Tuesday December 5 Time: 18:00 - 23:00 Locatie: Mezrab, Veemkade 576, Amsterdam Ticket Program: €9.90 Ticket Meal: €7.00 Website:... Join Pak je avond!, an inclusive celebration on December 5, 2017. An evening filled with art, music, poetry, dance and food. Amongst the performing...
ZAM Reporter
LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, launched in 2010 by the African Artists’ Foundation. The upcoming 8th edition runs from November 24 to December 15. The month long event includes workshops, roundtable discussions, artists’ presentations, screenings, indoor- and large scale outdoor exhibitions. Each year, the festival is centred around a theme that engages complex cultural, political and economic issues that are defining a new Africa. This... LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, launched in 2010 by the African Artists’ Foundation. The upcoming...
ZAM Reporter
ZAM partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective, producer of the recent investigation into African Oligarchs and many others, will be out in full force to participate in the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held on African soil for the first time in Johannesburg between 16 and 19 November. Some of the AIPC members who will be presenting are Premium Times managing editor Musikilu Mojeed; Africa Uncensored’s John-Allan Namu and Kassim Mohamed; Mozambican ‘ruby plunder’... ZAM partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective, producer of the recent investigation into African Oligarchs and many others, will be out in...
Idza L
This is an excerpt from Queer Africa 2: New Stories published by MaThoko Publishers, Johannesburg. The book presents 26 fiction and non-fictions stories by writers from seven African countries. 'Nine Pieces of Desires' is written by Idza L, a Kenyan writer who is interested in writing stories about women and the lives they live. The book will be presented to a Dutch audience on Monday, 20 November 2017 at 5 PM at the ZAM studio , Tussen de Bogen 66 in Amsterdam. Nine Pieces of Desire Author: Idza L... This is an excerpt from Queer Africa 2: New Stories published by MaThoko Publishers, Johannesburg. The book presents 26 fiction and non-fictions stories...
Milan Hermes
How Mandla Langa made Mandela 'sing through his own words' In Dare not linger , South African writer Mandla Langa, recalls Nelson Mandela's presidency based on the 70.000 words the ANC-leader left in the archives of his foundation. It took Langa less than a year to produce a vivid account of South Africa's transformation from dictatorship into democracy. 'Of course Mandela made mistakes, and he was the first to acknowledge these. But today the country's leadership projects its own failures on... How Mandla Langa made Mandela 'sing through his own words' In Dare not linger , South African writer Mandla Langa, recalls Nelson Mandela's presidency...
ZAM Reporter
In Algeria, a wealthy realtor, an ambitious neurologist haunted by memories of war and a young woman have to deal with the consequences of important choices made in the past. They are torn between ratio and emotion. The film Until the birds return (En attendant les hirondelles) gives a beautiful insight in the soul of contemporary Algerian society. This debut feature by director Karim Moussaoui was nominated for the Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes 2017. In Dutch and French... In Algeria, a wealthy realtor, an ambitious neurologist haunted by memories of war and a young woman have to deal with the consequences of important...
Paul Faber
Couto’s book Confession of a lioness (A Confissão da Leoa), reads as a poetic puzzle. The storyline comes to us in fragments and unfolds very slowly and indirectly. Set in Kulumani, a small, isolated village in the north of Mozambique, it soon becomes clear that something is very wrong there, but what exactly? Mariamar, a young woman of 32, who is confined to her hut by her despotic father, represents the voice from within the village. At the same time she is very much in between worlds, as the... Couto’s book Confession of a lioness (A Confissão da Leoa), reads as a poetic puzzle. The storyline comes to us in fragments and unfolds very slowly and...