Dzekashu MacViban
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The Joys of Somali Poetry: the Beauteous Melancholy of Warsan Shire’s Poetry

Dzekashu MacViban Warsan Shire at the Kwani? 2012 Literary Festival. Photo credit: Paul Munene & Kwani Trust 2012 With the clarity of retrospection, when I look back at the 2012 Kwani? Literary Festival which took place in Nairobi, I realize…

Culture Ebene, Stone Karim and a Revenge Narrative

Dzekashu MacViban  Stone Karim at the Institut Français de Haïti Writing for Culture Ebene in 2012, Tatla Mbetbo’s piece “Le slam camer est stone” (Cameroonian spoken word is Stone) reads more like a “revenge narrative” rather than a journalistic piece.…

Afrikan Luv Unapologetically Flaunts its African-[ness]

Dzekashu MacViban As a latecomer to the Cameroonian musical scene, hip-hop has been on a gradual but steady rise in an over-congested milieu where, according to Kangsen Feka Wakai, “for at least two decades, it would play fifth fiddle to…

The Spoken Word Scene in Cameroon: From Poetry to Poetography

A shorter version of this article was originally commissioned by the Goethe-Institut and published on www.goethe.de Dzekashu MacViban   Black Alice. Photo Credit: Black Alice For many years, spoken word in Cameroon was like the anecdotal man with the iron…

Q & A with Ntone Edjabe on Chimurenga, Fela, and Politics

  “By developing editorial projects together and assisting each other in areas such as distribution, we quietly mainstream our own aesthetics and reduce our dependency on the global publishing system” Ntone Edjabe   Interviewed by Dzekashu MacViban     Ntone…

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