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We begin the year with our January sale from 25th January to 4nd February 2018 Take your time to peruse our selection of African books and you will not be disappointed. The sale is up to 40% off.
January is a good time to get back to the habit of reading! As many New Year Resolutions have been made and hopefully not already broken.
Look out for dates for our next book event : A celebration of African Literacy by #afrokulcha coming up in April 2018
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Let me start by saying “every woman in a relationship should have this book”. Linda on women issues, he should be called Dr Linda and even the Love expert title he doesn’t like befits him. This is a brilliantly written book addressing almost every issue women have about us men. If you’re planning to get into a relationship, in a new relationship, in a troubled relationship, stagnant relationship, rebound, want nothing to do with men GET THIS BOOK. It will put a few things about you and relationships into perspective. Linda poured out his sense of humour but also left no stone unturned. His witty style of writing makes it a page turner.
The next time any woman presents me with her relationship issues I will point her to this book. A good relationship guide, even High school girls should have it. Only 131 pages of good advice from cover to cover.
Ntokozo Mondli Biyela
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A Well written and a very interesting story into the life Chris Hani, the Hani Family through her daughter and the story of Lindiwe Hani’s as an addict. Family feuds, family mishaps, chaos etc. A thriller. One thing I liked about the book was that she told it all and was very truthful and sincere about everything she penned. It gave me an idea or a glimpse into many lives of politicians’ kids through her. I bet their stories are similar to hers. Zihlukumezekile and disorientated nazi izingane senkosi.
A great read, I must say it’s a page turner, you’ll find it hard to put down.
I still maintain biographies are the best reads.
Ntokozo Mondli Biyela
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We are embarking on another event hosting a celebration of African Literacy. We are excited to be in partnership with black owned wine farm Jans Hamsgat to bring you a sophisticated relaxation event on the 1st July at an exclusive venue in Pretoria.
We look forward to hearing from writers such as:
Malebo Sephodi of Miss Behave
Ekow Duker of The God who made mistakes, White Wahala and Dying in New York
Lerato Tshabalala of The way I see it
and many more surprises!
Book your seat by emailing email@example.com
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It’s winter time in South Africa and many of us book lovers like the thought of cosying up with a good book in your warm bed. The Afrokulcha team has put together a list of books to read this winter!
We love this book! African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. If you have read Sue Nyathi’s The Polygamist then you will find this book equally entertaining.
African fiction at its best!! We learn so much about history when we read books. This compelling African story touches the mind, heart & soul. So many aha moments 👀 , tears in the eyes 😪& heartbreak 💔 Well, The chances of you not sleeping until you finish reading this book, will not be a regret.
When women write, great thoughts & words give you life. Upon encountering Historian, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s quote “Well behaved women seldom make history” – Malebo knew that she was tired of everyone else but herself having a say on who and what she should be. Appropriating this quote, Malebo boldly renounces societal expectations placed on her as a Black woman and shares her journey towards misbehaviour.
Currently one of the best selling books in South Africa. A memorior of a daughter of a struggle hero Chris Hani. Many years after his death, this story needed to be heard. You will not be disappointed.
Ben Okri, a beautiful African writer. Dangerous love is a book needing to be read. Follow it by reading his 3 book sequel: The Famished Road, Songs of Enchantment & Infinite Riches, you will love his use of words and his story telling.
Stay warm, and Happy Reading
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After the success of the #100daysofAfricanReads campaign. Join us once again as we celebrate african literacy, we are bringing you African books, african stories, authors & the like. The kids will have their own entertainment area focused on African literacy. We look forward to hosting you! #whenreadingisfun
We are Celebrating African Literacy on Sat 28th January 2017 📚📚📚 at 12h30 at Shades of Summer boutique hotel
Festivities on the day:
– African books on sale
– Authors talk
– Interaction with publishers
– Music ensemble by Ancestral Collective
– Children’s literacy engagement by ReaderLympics
– Locally produced african lifestyle items by selected vendors
– Fun & games for all ages!
Will you be there??
Love it, its African 🌺🌻🌼
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The afrokulcha team has put together a number of book titles that are great to purchase as a Xmas gift for your loved ones. These are books which are enjoyed by many and their stories transcend from old to young. These are books that are not too much fiction but not just non finction also. These are stories that many identify with and are a pleasure to read during the holidays.
Get these at www.afrokulcha.com
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Born 15 October 1938
Died 2 August 1997 (aged 58)
Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria into an upper-middle-class family. He attended the Abeokuta Grammar School in Abeokuta. Later he was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music, the trumpet being his preferred instrument.While there, he formed the band Koola Lobitos, playing a fusion of jazz and highlife.In 1960, Fela married his first wife, Remilekun (Remi) Taylor, with whom he would have three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola). In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria, re-formed Koola Lobitos and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He played for some time with Victor Olaiya and his All Stars.
In 1967, he went to Ghana to think up a new musical direction.That was when Kuti first called his music Afrobeat. In 1969, Fela took the band to the United States where they spent 10 months in Los Angeles. While there, Fela discovered the Black Power movement through Sandra Smith (now Sandra Izsadore), a partisan of the Black Panther Party. The experience would heavily influence his music and political views.He renamed the band Nigeria ’70. Soon afterwards, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was tipped off by a promoter that Fela and his band were in the US without work permits. The band immediately performed a quick recording session in Los Angeles that would later be released as The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions.
He also changed his middle name to Anikulapo (meaning “He who carries death in his pouch”, with the interpretation: “I will be the master of my own destiny and will decide when it is time for death to take me”),stating that his original middle name of Ransome was a slave name.
Fela’s music was popular among the Nigerian public and Africans in general.In fact, he made the decision to sing in Pidgin English so that his music could be enjoyed by individuals all over Africa, where the local languages spoken are very diverse and numerous. As popular as Fela’s music had become in Nigeria and elsewhere, it was also very unpopular with the ruling government, and raids on the Kalakuta Republic were frequent. During 1972, Ginger Baker recorded Stratavarious with Fela appearing alongside Bobby Tench.Around this time, Kuti became even more involved in the Yoruba religion.
Fela and his band then took residence in Crossroads Hotel, as the Shrine had been destroyed along with his commune. In 1978, Fela married 27 women, many of whom were his dancers, composers, and singers to mark the anniversary of the attack on the Kalakuta Republic. Later, he was to adopt a rotation system of keeping only 12 simultaneous wives. The year was also marked by two notorious concerts, the first in Accra in which riots broke out during the song “Zombie”, which led to Fela being banned from entering Ghana. The second was at the Berlin Jazz Festival after which most of Fela’s musicians deserted him, due to rumours that Fela was planning to use the entire proceeds to fund his presidential campaign.
Despite the massive setbacks, Fela was determined to come back. He formed his own political party, which he called Movement of the People (MOP), in order to “clean up society like a mop”. In 1979, he put himself forward for President in Nigeria’s first elections for more than a decade, but his candidature was refused. At this time, Fela created a new band called Egypt ’80 (reflecting his reading of pan-African literature) and continued to record albums and tour the country. He further infuriated the political establishment by dropping the names of ITT Corporation vice-president Moshood Abiola and then General Olusegun Obasanjo at the end of a hot-selling 25-minute political screed entitled.
In 1984, Muhammadu Buhari’s government, of which Kuti was a vocal opponent, jailed him on a charge of currency smuggling which Amnesty International and others denounced as politically motivated.Amnesty designated him a prisoner of conscience,and his case was also taken up by other human rights groups. After 20 months, he was released from prison by General Ibrahim Babangida. On his release he divorced his 12 remaining wives, saying that “marriage brings jealousy and selfishness”.
Once again, Fela continued to release albums with Egypt ’80, made a number of successful tours of the United States and Europe and also continued to be politically active. In 1986, Fela performed in Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope concert, sharing the bill with Bono, Carlos Santana, and The Neville Brothers. In 1989, Fela and Egypt ’80 released the anti-apartheid Beasts of No Nation that depicts on its cover U.S. President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and South African State President Pieter Willem Botha, that title of the composition, as Barrett notes, having evolved out of a statement by Botha: “This uprising [against the apartheid system] will bring out the beast in us.”
Fela’s album output slowed in the 1990s, and eventually he stopped releasing albums altogether. In 1993, he and four members of the Afrika ’70 organization were arrested for murder. The battle against military corruption in Nigeria was taking its toll, especially during the rise of dictator Sani Abacha. Rumours were also spreading that he was suffering from an illness for which he was refusing treatment.
On 3 August 1997, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, already a prominent AIDS activist and former Minister of Health, announced his younger brother’s death a day earlier from Kaposi’s sarcoma brought on by AIDS. More than a million people attended Fela’s funeral at the site of the old Shrine compound. The New Afrika Shrine has opened since Fela’s death in a different section of Lagos under the supervision of his son Femi Kuti.
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The Afrokulcha team has once again put together a few books that we think are a must-read this month. We are super excited because there is so much African content to select from and we encourage you to take it one day at a time, you will eventually read them all, as long as you keep on, keeping on…
On the recommendation list for October:
The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Hunchu
Sometimes you need to go back before you go forward! This is Tendai’s first book before he wrote the Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician. We love this book! It’s a beautiful story based in Zimbabwe. Think Hairdresser- Think Drama – Think so African!
Black Diamond by Zakes Mda
If you struggle to read this amazing authors very deep books, then start here because you can not live without reading Zakes Mda. This is an oldie but one of the best. A story based in South Africa, a bit freaky (read: scary) but one that you will love!
Dark Continent my Black Arse by Sihle Khumalo
Travelling in Africa can be exciting, nerve racking and absolute bliss at the same time! This book inspired us to start travelling Africa many years ago. Still relevant to this day, as author concurs The Cape to Cairo route and gives you a witty memoir of his travels.
Fela: This bitch of a life
on the 15th October we celebrate this legend’s birth! This is one autobiography you should not live without reading. If you enjoyed Hugh Masekela’s autobiography then you are sure to enjoy this one. Fela Kuti was a musician, pan Africanist, polygamist, activist, and political maverick.
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Join in as we read these fun light books written by African women:
As Ama’s wedding day approaches and her friends – Beauty, Matlakala and Pamela are there to lend varying degrees of support. But when tragedy strikes on Ama’s wedding day and spreads to every corner of the group’s lives they hold on to each other to survive. Will their misfortunes bring them closer together or will they tear the quilt of their friendship apart? They are our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our girlfriends, our aunties. Pamela’s body is a ravaged canvas of her troubles. Matlakala tries to prop up a failing relationship. Beauty’s sharp tongue and dark secret threatens to doom her to a life lived alone. In To the Black Women We All Knew, Maenetsha showcases the modern township existence and its weakening yet ever-present link to tradition. Her vivid writing tells of the capriciousness of life and love and the strength of women in the face of a crisis.
In this collection, Ama Aita Aidoo explores postcolonial life in Ghana with her characteristic honesty and humor. Tradition wrestles with new urban influences as Africans try to sort out their identity in a changing culture. True to the tradition of African storytelling, the characters come to life through their distinct voices and speech. If there is no sweetness, there is the salt essential to life, even if it comes from tears, and the strength that comes from a history of endurance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Dudu Busani-Dube is a news reporter based in Johannesburg South Africa. She is originally from Kwa-Mashu township in Durban. She discovered her love for writing when she was a student at Vukuzakhe High School. All her writings are based in first-person, particularly because she wants the reader to connect with the narrator and characters. She describes her style of writing as “raw with no restrictions, no rules, no rules obeyed, and no morals taken in consideration”
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Once again, our team has put together a few recommended reading books for the month of August. The following African books:
Happiness is a four letter word
if you haven’t watched the movie, stop right there because the book is way better than the flick. If you have already watched the movie then reconsider reading this marvelous story about 4 women (yes 4 not 3 like in the movie). The 4th character was scrapped out of the movie. Such a pity as her story brings a true reality of our lives as women in the book. Enjoy the full book as written by Cynthia Jele.
There is something strange & eerie about the story within this book. At first it looks and sounds normal but as you read on, you will find it intriguing and rather informative about the life of modern day sangomas (the calling) but there is more to this than meets the eye.
Dancing to the beat of the Drum
This is one autobiography you don’t want to miss reading. Not only do we know Pamela Nomvete from our TV screens but we also know how many roles she has played that are dramatic. This book is equally dramatic! Decide for yourself!
Manifesto for Social Change: How to save South Africa
Now that the local government elections have come and gone. This book will indulge your many questions about the state of affairs in South Africa and more importantly, how and what needs to be done to save us from the status quo.
The Thabo Mbeki I know
When we talk about the strength and character of a man. This is it! Even better when it’s told by other people than himself. A book we should all read.
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Reviewed by Mpumi Sithole (a client & friend of Afrokulcha)
Excellent read, it was impossible to put the book down…The book starts with the Germaine and Martin’s marriage in crisis after their teenage son, Zuko kills himself in their Johannesburg home. Zuko’s suicide drives a wedge between Martin and Germaine and one wonders if their marriage will survive. As you continue reading the story travels back in time to London in the summer of 1994 when Martin and Germaine first met. Martin is still nursing a break-up from a girlfriend he believed was the love of his life, when Germaine walks up to him in a bar and delivers a cheesy pick up line of all time: “What’s a guy like you doing in a place like this?”
They bump into each other again a couple of nights later, coincidentally, and their relationship takes off from there. They are opposites, Germaine is a headstrong feminist who is not afraid to say what’s on her mind while Martin is more laidback. Nevertheless they get along and they move in together, get married and have a child.
London – Cape Town – Joburg is also the story of a country, South Africa, undergoing change following the 1st democratic elections. When Germaine and Martin decide to move to Cape Town so that their son can be closer to his grandmother and his uncle, Liam, the story of the new democratic SA unravels and we experience the changes through their eyes — the ongoing racism, and the xenophobic violence.
Wanner has a very witty sense of writing and her characters are fun to explore, each one brings a different but much needed characteristic. The ending is almost unforeseeable, and takes you back to the beginning of the book. The book left me feeling that there has got to be more and wondering if Martin and Germaine ever managed to find their way back to each other. Their love story and life story is so inspiring
Zukiswa Wanner has done it again: London – Cape Town – Joburg is a cracking read…