“A part James Brown, vive Poly-Rythmo!” Or, “James Brown aside, viva Poly-Rythmo. That’s what the youth were saying in Niamey.” Honestly, I didn’t know the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou was still around. – Tom Devriendt

Further Reading

Lumumba lives

After his murder in 1961, Patrice Lumumba immediately became a martyr of African independence. What is Lumumba’s “political afterlives” nearly sixty years later?

Back to class

The emphasis on identity and difference act to temper the radical potential of South Africa’s youth. They need an education on class politics.