New Arrivals 7th to 13th of November 2015
Asmal (Z.) ed.
MOVEMENT CAPE TOWN,
191pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback,
Cape Town ,
A collection of essays, maps, illustrations, photographs and interviews that explore the movements that have made Cape Town the city it is today and current movements that are starting to define a new future.
Contributors include Bonita Bennett, Nick Shepherd, Rashiq Fataar, Heinrich Wolff, David Southwood, Jay Pather, Trevyn McGovan. Also includes Zahira Asmal in conversation with Albie Sachs and Pumla Gobodo--Madikizela.
SOUTH AFRICA'S INSURGENT CITIZENS,
on dissent and the possibility of politics
First SA Edition,
First published in the UK in 2015.
Julian Brown argues that although the dream of consensus politics in South Africa has collapsed this is not a cause for despair since a new kind of politics, new leaders and new movements are emerging.
"Julian Brown's book offers us a rich and intriguing account of ourselves as a country of protest. His analysis is insightful, and ultimately hopeful." Justice Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa
"Julian Brown vividly analyses popular politics, insisting that the mobilisation of ordinary, insurgent citizens has and will impact on the shape of society and as yet unpredictable political outcomes." William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford
"Julian Brown both challenges existing analytical frameworks and offers innovative ways of thinking about protests." Noor Nieftagodien, University of the Witwatersrand
"An invaluable contribution to the literature on democratic politics...it offers a compelling vision of the possibilities of claiming justice from below." Sandra Liebenberg, University of Stellenbosch
Julian Brown lectures in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
du Plessis (H.) ed.
THE RISE AND DECLINE AND RISE OF CHINA,
searching for an organising philosophy
411pp., map, paperback,
A collection of essays that investigate the rise of China and compare Chinese values and practices with those of sub-Saharan Africa.
"This is an immensely bold and timely effort to demonstrate an African 'writing back' to China, that both proposes an equal relationship between the two continents, and shows how seriously and knowledgeably Africa appreciates China, its history and thought. The question that now arises is whether China can take Africa seriously." Stephen Chan, OBE, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
"'The Rise and Decline and Rise of China: Searching for an Organising Philosophy' represents a new and promising approach to Africa/ China relations. What is most impressive is that it is an encounter between African and Chinese thought, but this encounter is not just a set of stale comparisons of philosophical beliefs. This study places the concepts and attitudes in both China and Africa in their socio-political contexts, in an attempt to provide a sophisticated, sensitive, and usable history. This attempt yields dividends, especially for the primary audiences of Africans, as it gives a way of learning from the vast history of Chinese experience without reducing African experience to insignificance or irrelevance (as has happened so often in dialogues between Africa and the West). This book will be of interest to anyone from within Africa interested in engaging with China as a complex and nuanced place, a place of challenges, creativity, and opportunity." Professor Bruce Janz, University of Central Florida
Thomas Mapfumo and the music that made Zimbabwe
362pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
A biography of Zimbabwean singer, composer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo. Born in 1945 in what was then the British colony of Rhodesia, Mapfumo created a new genre of music called 'chimurenga' (struggle music), based on traditional Zimbabwean music, including the sacred 'mbira', and African and Western pop music. The Rhodesian government banned his music and jailed him. In the 1980s and 1990s he grew increasingly critical of Robert Mugabe's dictatorship and in 2000 he left Zimbabwe and now lives in exile in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
"In 'Lion Songs' the reader follows Thomas Mapfumo's career as a singer/songwriter and uncompromising social critic through the last gasp of colonialism in Rhodesia, the liberation struggle, and the aftermath of independence. A skilled storyteller, Banning Eyre integrates his perspective on these events with his experiences performing as a guitarist in Mapfumo's bands, deftly interweaving his accounts with the perspectives of Zimbabwean, European, and North American observers and interlocutors. Against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's political history and the global flows of the popular music market, Eyre provides an intimate view of the bands' touring musicians and dancers. He explores their artistic practices, their interpersonal relationships, and the relentless challenges they face in Zimbabwe, in Europe, and in America, where Mapfumo currently lives in political exile. 'Lion Songs' is also the history of the creative genius of Mapfumo himself, and the moral complexities that surround his life." Paul Berliner, author of "The Soul of Mbira: music and traditions of the Shona people of Zimbabwe
Writer and guitarist Banning Eyre is senior editor and producer of the public radio programme Afropop Worldwide. He is also the author of "In Griot Time: an American guitarist in Mali" and "Playing with Fire: fear and self-censorship in Zimbabwean music".
GIVE A MAN A FISH,
reflections on the new politics of distribution
James Ferguson examines the rise of social welfare programmes in southern Africa and argues that the successes of these programmes provide an opportunity for rethinking contemporary capitalism and the future of progressive politics.
James Ferguson is Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.
Govender (N.) & Chetty (V.)
LEGENDS OF THE TIDE,
roots of the Durban fishing industry
247pp., 4to., illus., hardback,
Foreword by Kumi Naidoo, Director of Greenpeace International, who grew up in Chatsworth among the displaced fishing community.
Introduction by Cecil Reddy, grandson of pioneer Seine-netter Thorayan.
A history of the Seine-netter fishing community who lived and worked in Durban harbour for 100 years, before being forcibly moved to Chatsworth, 25 kilometers from the sea, in 1963.
Medical doctor and former high school teacher Neelan Govender is also the author of "Girrmit Tales", a collection of short stories about the indentured Indian experience.
Viroshen Chetty works in community media as a writer, editor, publisher, graphic designer, documentary filmmaker and video advocacy trainer.
LAND VAN SKEDELS,
85pp., illus., paperback,
An Afrikaans play about the Anglo-Boer War and the experiences of women in the concentration camps.
This play won the 2014 Fiesta awards for best production, best new Afrikaans performance, best theatre concept and best direction. Nicola Hanekom was also awarded Beeld's Aardvark Prize for ground-breaking work. In 2015 she won the Eugene Marais Prize for her play, "Die Pad Byster".
shaping the current workplace with (African) wisdom
124pp., illus., paperback,
Vuyisile Msila applies the concept of ubuntu in the workplace, as a way of creating more humane and productive organisations.
Vuyisile Msila is Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at UNISA.
the Eskom crisis
228pp., map, paperback,
Journalist James-Brent Styan has been writing about Eskom since 2008. In this account he offers insight into the decline of Eskom and the many different aspects of the energy crisis.
Wicomb (R.) & van der Merwe (A.)
my lewe, my lied
173pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, CD,
An autobiography by well-known Afrikaans musician Randall Wicomb (b. 1949).
Foreword by Adam Small.
Includes a CD featuring six of Wicomb's songs.