In commune: Myesha Jenkins and Makhosazana Xaba

The Forge hosted the first collaboration In Commune session at the Forge Theatre in January 2020. In Commune is an intimate live platform and video series, created collaboratively by The Forge and New Frame. It brings peers with long histories of struggle, activism, political and cultural experience in conversation with each other. As they share […]

On the shelf: Mbulelo Mzamane read by Mwelela Cele

Mwelela Cele reads from ‘The Impact of Black Consciousness on Culture’ a chapter by Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane in the essay anthology “Bounds of Possibility: The Legacy of Steve Biko and Black Consciousness” edited by N. Barney Pityana, Mamphela Ramphele, Malusi Mpumlwana & Lindy Wilson, (D. Phillip Publishers, 1991). Music: AnaCaptainslogue by Noir Et Blanc Vie […]

On the shelf: Darryl Accone read by Noxolo Chalale

Noxolo Chalale reads a short excerpt from ‘Chapter 1’ of the third section of “All Under Heaven: The Story of a Chinese Family in South Africa.” This trans-generational memoir in four parts (Sea, Sky, Earth and Fire) is authored by Darryl Accone (D. Philip Publishers, 2004). Music: ‘No.7 Alone With My Thoughts’ by Esther Abrami. […]

On the shelf: Sara Ahmed read by Asandele Sondiyazi

Asandele Sondiyazi reads parts from ‘A Willfulness Archive’, the introduction to Sara Ahmed’s “Willful Subjects” (Duke University Press, 2014). Music: ‘Consciousness Rabbit’ by pATCHES. On the shelf is a video series featuring excerpts from The Commune’s wide-ranging collection of books, read by the people who love them. For this title and more, visit thecommune.org.za. The […]

On the shelf: Maneo Mohale read by Lweendo Hamukoma

Lweendo Hamukoma reads Night Jasmine, a poem by Maneo Mohale found in Everything is a Deathly Flower (uHlanga Press, 2019) on page 21. Music: Dream Escape by The Tides On the shelf is a video series featuring excerpts from The Commune’s wide-ranging collection of books. The Commune is a radical, community-centred bookshop in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. […]

On the shelf: Linton Kwesi Johnson read by Fezokuhle Mthonti

Fezokuhle Mthonti reads Seasons of the Heart, a poem by Linton Kwesi Johnson found in Selected Poems (Penguin Books Ltd, 2006) on page 83. Music: Kallimachou by Dan Bodan On the shelf is a video series featuring excerpts from The Commune’s wide-ranging collection of books. For this title and more, visit thecommune.org.za. The Commune is […]

Red books day: The Communist Manifesto translated into Sesotho and read by Napo Masheane

Napo Masheane translates passages from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels into Sestho in celebration of International Red Books Day, 2020. Read more about the event at: https://www.thetricontinental.org/wp-… The Commune is a radical, community-centred bookshop in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. We are a not-for-profit organisation focused on the articulation and discussion of progressive, Pan-African […]