Editor’s Note: May 2019

Editorial Notations on Decolonisation. To the Sounds of Ornette Coleman. In 15 Notes. An Experimentation
By Sithembiso Mdlalose

Positioning. a postcolonial subject?

I write and perform from a particular position – at a moment in history where ideas about decolonialism and decoloniality are making rounds and are fashionable in peoples tongues. Randomly drop the words in a conversation and you’re officially a part of the ‘woke’ club. I’m also located at “a place of blackness”, or, to use Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s words, “under western eyes”, which is to say that, from this particular position, I’m located on the outskirts of humanity and thought itself. Therefore it becomes impossible for me not to launch a critique of western thought. To decolonise?


Fanon?

“Decolonization is the veritable creation of new man. But this creation owes nothing of its legitimacy to any supernatural power; the ‘thing’ which has been colonized becomes man during the same process by which it frees itself”, Frantz Fanon writes in The Wretched of the Earth (1963).

A program?

A program of dis-alienation?


Perhaps Biko:


Mbhekezeli’s Horror by Sithembiso Mdlalose

I saw Biko at the University of Cape Town

carrying a bucket of faeces

shouting vehemently “Rhodes Must Fall!”

Biko was standing next to the Rhodes statue

and as he was shouting

he shoved the bucket of faeces at the statue.

The media dubbed him “the poo protester”.

I again saw Biko being accused of sexual misconduct by his comrades at UCT.

I saw Biko blocking the entrances at the University of the Witwatersrand

chanting “Fees Must Fall!”

I saw Biko wearing a red beret.

Biko wears many hats of different colors.

Biko also has many T-shirts of many different colors.

The one is red,

the other is yellow and green,

and he also has a blue one.

I saw Biko on TV admiring Hitler.

I heard of Biko fucking a white woman.

I saw Biko shutting down university campuses in South Africa.

I heard him talking about decolonization,

although he could not elaborate any further what that meant.

I was with Biko in the bus to Pretoria.

When we got there

Biko burned down the toilets.

I heard Biko was wired R40 000.00 into his account by the ruling party.

I saw Biko on Destiny magazine wearing a green, yellow and black doek.


Are our efforts (to de-colonise) a reiteration of (including in others’ enjoyment of it) the anti-Blackness of the world? (My MA Thesis).


Violence

“Violence in the modern world underwrites the Black person’s capacity to think, act, and exist spatially and temporally” – Red, White and Black.

“Decolonization is always a violent phenomenon” – The Wretched of the Earth.


“Mama look, a Negro!”


Relationality

Colonial relationality. Relationality between Whites and Blacks. Relationality between Humanity and Blacks. The dead and the living. Relation between the dead and the world…

“What would the politics of a dead relation, a slave, look like?” Wilderson writes (RWB).


Grammar

Is there available a grammar of suffering to properly articulate blackness?


The end of the world

“Start something

Start what?

The only thing in the world that’s worth the effort of starting: 

The end of the world” – Fanon.


Fanon’s Dreams

I dream fanon’s dreams. dreams of violent phenomenons. violence. death and fire on the church. black god come and intervene. wake up. wake up from your slumber oh dear lord. the white god has taken captive of everything. he rules on top of black bodies. commanding his troops to keep me at check. wake up oh black messiah. wake up from your slumber. set this world on fire. fanon’s dreams. an undoing. decolonise. however implausible. accumulation and fungibility. decolonise the mind? Ngugi. #FeesMustFall. decolonisation: an affirmation of the violence that structures black subjectivity. a dead end.


Fugitivity?

“If I seem free, it is because I’m always running” Jimi Hendrix. “She’s got a fast car” Tracy Chapman. “Flight is the language of the fugitive” Saidiya Hartman.


10/07/2016 – Sthe.

Ungovernable

unfuckable

woke and staying woke

sleeping

wailing

disrupting 

look at me I’m a negro.   


“I began to weep.”


In this issue:

Poetry:
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes – Jarred Thompson
Porcelain – Tobi Nimisire Emitomo
My Mind Is Colonised – Fatima Moosa
How Much is Your Bible? – Xola Stemele
EXODUS – Jeremy T. Karn
Colonisation – Nkateko Masinga

Short Story:
The Theory of Evolution – Ibanez

Photography:
African Portraits – Ben Freakzz

Book Reviews:
If They Come For Us – Nkateko Masinga
Milk and Honey – Melissa Fortuin