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Bongani Madondo

Bongani Madondo is a cultural theorist, race matters critic, public arts curator, and journalist by training.The author most recently of Sigh, the Beloved County: Rock n Roll & Other Stories, a collection of memoirs, travelogues, long form narrative and essays. His books include Hot Type: Artists, Icons & God-Figurines (2007), portraits on African iconic figures in the cultural sphere, which was awarded the Africa selection and won him a Fellowship at the Katzen Centre for the Arts at The American University, Washington DC, and I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie (2014), which he conceptualized, contributed to, and edited. All three of his books were published by Picador Africa (Pan MacMillan SA). Bongani has contributed to publications including the New York Times, Transition magazine, and Rolling Stone.

Robin D. G. Kelley and Bongani Madondo honor the writer’s life, work, and legacy.

Robin D. G. Kelley Bongani Madondo