Buchtipps - African Book Festival 2021

Seraphin Turihamwe is a young man whose life is characterised by movement. After leaving Rwanda under duress and never feeling designed to push people like him out. Through his interactions with a few reluctant mentors, loyal friends and the women he carries on relationships with, he explores and performs different parts of his identity while…
A letter among her deceased ex-husband’s belongings rips open Theresa’s world. For years she has turned her back on Theo, a man who spent the last two decades of his life institutionalised, and on their shared past in a country where teenage boys were conscripted to fight on ‘the Border’ in a war that those back home knew little about. Least of…
A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the…
NATASHA Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda’s debut novel No Be From Hia is a fascinating, wide-ranging tale that traces the lives of two cousins, both of mixed family heritage, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood: one from a man and the other from the distant side of the family. Maggie Oluwaseun Ayomide and her Zambian mother Stella Kombe live…
Mitten im Zentrum der angolanischen Hauptstadt Luanda steht das Maianga-Gebäude, ein heruntergekommenes Hochhaus, an einem riesigen Loch in der Außenwand zu erkennen. Im ersten Stock strömt pausenlos frisches Wasser aus maroden Leitungen. Es ist ein Ort der Magie, Treffpunkt der Hausbewohner, Straßenhändlerinnen, Journalisten, Tagediebe. Auf dem…
Diese vom Dichter und Schriftsteller Fiston Mwanza Mujila zusammengestellte Anthologie kartografiert Stimmen und Gedichte des Schwarzen Europas. Realisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Haus für Poesie, stellt sie 32 Dichter*innen aus acht Ländern in der Originalsprache und in deutscher Übersetzung vor. Damit liegt im deutschen Sprachraum erstmals ein…
Published by Indigo Press in 2018, Silence is my mother Tongue is Sulaiman Addonia's second novel. Even though the book is not autobiographical, it is possible to make references to Addonia's life experiences: Having fled Eritrea as a child after the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, he spent his early years in a refugee camp in Sudan. A refugee camp in…
"Way back home" by Niq Mhlongo is a refreshing novel about problems and hopes in today's South Africa. The main character of the novel, which is set in Johannesburg, is Kimathi Tito, who has it all. As a child of the revolution, born in exile in Tanzania, he has steadily accumulated wealth and influence since arriving in South Africa in 1991. But…
An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could only satisfy in each other. Binta – previously reconciled with God – now yearns for intimacy after the sexual…
KALAF is best known as one of the founding MCs of Buraka Som Sistema, a rambunctious music project that burst out of a Lisbon nightclub and onto the global stage in 2006. The group fused contemporary European electronic dance music with kuduro, a frantic Angolan dance beat developed when Kalaf was growing up there in the 1980s. Their bringing…

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