FESTAC '77, 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Nigeria, Lagos, Kaduna, 15th January - 12th February 1977

: Chimurenga

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445pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019.

 

This book examines the legacy of FESTAC '77, a festival held in 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria. Thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora participated in the largest pan-African gathering ever to have taken place. It includes previously unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions, and relays the stories, words and works of many of those who attended the festival, including Wole Soyinka, Miriam Makeba, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Allioune Diop, Johnny Dyani, Jonas Gwangwa, and many others.