BAM saga continues
By Zulumathabo Zulu © 2017
Never, to live with his kind
The beloved ones, left behind
The establishment, threatens!
The country, he must abandon!
Pregnant, with forensic truth
He must preserve it, like sleuth
Tropospheric, across the globe
Sanctuary, for fugitive!
Despite passport, abortive!
Secure, like sealed envelope
Unblemished truth, our hope
The fugitive, on state kill list
Hereby, to render him deceased
Unbought, like intrinsic!
Unsold, like forensic!
The fugitive, exiled afar
Socialist republics, ajar
Hereafter, to venerate Snowden
The parched ground, in the inhospitable desert, makes it impossible for the desert flower to thrive on the surface. She needs photosynthesis in order to exist. In the extreme case of water shortage, photosynthesis kills the plant. For this reason, the desert flower must abandon photosynthesis in order to preserve and enhance an alternative survival experience. The flower is forced to find sanctuary in the underground where the…
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Please follow the link below to purchase my book, Rock ‘n Rule: The Essays, Stories and Poetry of Menzi Maseko. Published and distributed indipendently by Green Ankh Works (Pty) LTD.
In due time, I shall write a review of these two important books that I hired from the Library. I will be using the appropriate language of IsiZulu, as they are written in that beautiful idiomatic and magical language, I may later translate or summarize my thoughts in English. Suffice to say, these books contain information that should not only be taught in schools, but they also carry the keys to Liberating us from our own delusions and even those imposed on us my colonial conditioning.
In this article I briefly discuss the pros and cons of Afrikan peoples embrace and assimilation into the religion and cultural artifacts and practices of ancient Israel.
I am fully aware that there are many Black people who since the late 50’s began calling themselves African Hebrew Israelites and of the existence of the Lemba of Southern Africa and the Beta Israel, the so called Falasha of Ethiopia. I will later expand on what I think of these peoples and their practice, but this particular article deals with the music of AmaZioni, the Ngoni/Nguni peoples of Southern Africa who are proto-Christians yet retain much of the trances and customary practices of their respective indigenous cultures. Their god is Jehova, and their Messiah is called Jesus the Christ, but much of what they do bears little resemblance to the Judaic conception of God.
It is a continuation from a conversation begun on Facebook by Ndosi Ka Magaye.
The perfect Age has come, when Man will be his own priest, and Men will not array themselves in special garb to advertise their piety.
Mankind will go within to find Self’s wonderment. – Mahatma
It is my humble opinion that each Artists is tasked with the mission of being a Revolutionary. To activate his or her potential and talents to positively transform society. In my brief lived experience as an Activist involved in Cultural and Arts sector in Southern Africa and through my world travels, I have met only a handful truly revolutionary Artists.
While I have also met and had conversations with luminaries such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and less well known Artists such as Gabi Ngcobo, Zamani Makhanya, Nhlanhla Chonco, Mfanafuthi Wake Mahlobo, Eugene Skeef, Nduduzo Makhathini, Eric Coolfire Hadebe, Zoe Masuku and Mphutlane Wa Bofelo to name just a few. it has been the Poets among them that have continued to inspire me holistically.
Many of the artists I have met have been Dreamers, people who see the world through a radically different kind of Light. They are ordinary yet extraordinary in their own right. In fact, some of them are reluctant to even label themselves or regard themselves as artists at all. In my book Rock ‘n Rule, a collection of writings gleaned from my notes and thoughts of the past 5 years, I attempted to speak about the significance of such people. But I am the first to admit that the book turned out to be something more political and more of a social commentary then what it was intended to me.
In these blog-posts, I aim to revisit some of those essays and even rewrite and complete some of the themes I had explored then. But it is a difficult exercise as I have hundreds of notes that are written in such a poetic way that I am not sure that readers would follow what I am saying, the feelings and thoughts I am attempting to express are often overwhelmingly transcendental. The primary point I am trying to raise though is that We Are All Potential Healers. We Are Artists and Dreamers and Doers. Even the ones who merely Think and Speak or Conceptualize ideas that never manifest at a given time, they matter and they must be regarded as contributes to the symphony of living. Our becoming.
Here is something I wrote on 02/04/2014, titled The Puzzle and The Living of Dreams:
“In writing out our dreams, fixing the points of conception, to cognition, sub-conscious and conscious causal action – I must be at one with the wild currents of trans-linear lights.
Many impressions and many versions of chaos seeking its perfect imperfection. We must do the seemingly impossible and be where we ought to be and know that whenever we are we are on time.
Activate our body, mind and energy towards the Telling.
If such dream-visions are to be told, We must be guided wisely in our Way of Telling. many of the same stories are being told. How each one tells the the same story is what separates the visionaries from the repetitive mimics.
If we say that the proverbial snake spoke and that there was a rope
or if we felt fearful, dread, lightness, transmigration or hope
let hope be wedded to the words and the imagery of the tale, the words’and let the Music play on
let the funk, the jazzy rhythmic blues
History is constructed from future past-times …
Every journey without was once a journey within
There Must be Substance once we Awake from the Dreaming
There must be Movement towards a Birthing of newness, harmonies and melodies
imbued with Love and Justice and Peace, the new birth must be harmonious with Nature … with the ancient future idea of Ma’at.*
Says the jazz man –
” I’m the unencumbered bird of my imagination, rising only to fall back toward concrete
each note a black flower / opening, mercifully opening into the unforgiving new day.” – Ai, Man with the Saxophone
And as Paul Berliner put it in Thinking in Jazz : “The language metaphors adopted by jazz artists to describe their conceptions convey more than the notion that, within the bounds of their unique language system, ‘musical ideas’ should have substance. They also suggest that, for improvisers, the patterns are not ends in themselves, but have ongoing implications for thought.”
The artists that have captured my imagination and inspired me to see and hear the world in a new way have come from Reggae music, jazz, electronic sounds such as Little Dragon, Radiohead, Hyatus Kayote and my brother Khaya’s experimentation with computer generated EDM and Jungle sounds. Mphutlane Wa Bofelo has also inspired me with his Radical Humanism, which in turn is inspired by his over-standing of Black Consciousness and the basic principles of Socialism. What makes an action artistic? What makes a thought original?
Perhaps these are the questions that one can better deal with through deep reflection and meditation, by journeying within …
a poem for John Coltrane
“To tremble in prayer & trepidation
To tremble against trepidation in prayer
Screech – Scream – Cry
To tremble with prayer
and arch the muscles of my back
in face of trepidation,
transparent beads bubbling from my forehead
Screech – Cry.
Bird of blood with razor-sharp
wings of boiling stone falling from God into my throat
claws my tonsils
sticks its feet way down into my stomach
and I double over trying to vomit
forth this bird
to the rhythms of anklets ashake
in the dance of a black-blue-black blue – black a black blue black African
Witch Doctor wailing wailing –
Scream high out into God.
fall heavily from the pole of light He offers to the snow
of doubt that freezes
all Spirits dancing gallop
to slabs of ice across the tongue.
Father, Father, understands me
Make, Purification, Psalm of Warmth
within Light – understand the reverent
screams of this confused devotee. “
Curtis Mayfield, the prolific late Afrikan American singer/songwriter made a lot of groundbreaking music. In the latter part of his brilliant career he had continued his insightful warnings and inspirational messages to the human race and to Black people in particular. In one of his songs he croons plaintively in his emphatic falsetto, “We the people who are darker than blue / are we gonna stand around this town and let what others say come true?” Here he was addressing the ghettorisation and drug culture that was ravaging the urban black communities through-out the United States. But he was also dealing with the systemic anti-black racism that still characterises many communities across the world.
ON INTEGRAL AFRIKOLOGY
Mfuniselwa J. Bhengu
Managing Director: Mepho Publishing Group
Editor-in-Chief: Inqaba Journal
One of the most difficult chapters of African history to understand and place in perspective is the one which involves the developing relations between Africa and Europe after 1400. From that general period onward, Africa, previously encompassing great societies whose influence was felt abroad and whose innovative characteristics greatly enriched African culture, was eclipsed at the very time when certain European states not only achieved national unity but made great technological advances that led to an overseas expansion which further increased Europe’s economic and technological capacities. Much of this progress resulted from years of trade with Africans for gold which helped to finance European technological advance and overseas expansion (Joseph E. Harris, Africans and Their History, 1972).
The encounter between ancient Egyptian civilization and Greco-Roman civilization created a unique fusion of cultures which benefitted both civilizations…
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