08 July 2012
It’s been fourteen years since Jinx\'s mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Then, out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother’s, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night. Over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal. Narrated with a distinct and fiery spice, Jinx and Lemon must find their own paths to redemption in this stunning debut novel.
25 July 2011
Drawing inspiration from everything from traditional horror movies to the contemporary sophistication of Japanese works in this genre, Newland brings together the literary and the popular in a uniquely Black British mix. In an afterword to these stories, Newland writes of his frustration with the narrow limits imposed by mainstream publishing expectations on African British fiction, trapped between the immigrant ‘Windrush’ novel and the Yardie gangster novel with its American borrowings.
17 April 2011
“This can’t be happening! Not racism. Not in the 21st Century in England. And not in her Majesty’s Prison Service! But it was happening and Olivea had two options: she could either take the constant abuse, ignore the racial comments, and differential treatment in the hope that it would go away or she could stand up to her bullies. In 2008, Olivea chose bravely, and took the Prison Service and her colleagues to court for direct racial discrimination and victimisation. She stood alone to represent herself in a fifteen day hearing and won! This is Olivea’s rare story of victory.”
20 March 2011
I’m walking through Stratford, London when I come across a sista with a beautiful smile offering passerby copies of her music for purchase. I ask her if it has any obscenities, she responds “no” and within minutes I am walking away with a copy of the independently produced CD – Be Free (Tabot Entertainment/Proprioception)
13 August 2010
Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem’s untimely death on African Liberation Day 2009 stunned the Pan-African world. This selection of his Pan-African postcards, written between 2003 and 2009, demonstrates the brilliant wordsmith he was, his steadfast commitment to Pan-Africanism, and his determination to speak truth to power. He was a discerning analyst of developments in the global and Pan-African world and a vociferous believer in the potential of Africa and African people; he wrote his weekly postcards for over a decade. This book demonstrates Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem’s ability to express complex ideas in an engaging manner. The Pan-African philosophy on diverse but intersecting themes presented in this book offers a legacy of his political, social, and cultural thought.
08 August 2010
Being an Africentric organisation it is not often that Ligali reviews works by non-Africans nor is it a habit we feel the need or desire to do so. Yet following the recent passing of Basil Davidson, the well known writer on historical Pan African affairs it seemed right we should mark his death with the reintroduction of one of his best if least known books.
Which Way Africa? is a brave works. In many ways it could only have been written by a european who had acquired the courage to expose himself to the barbarity of his own clan and as a result acquire the humanity to critique and appraise Pan African affairs through an informed and ‘active’ observatory lens.
02 August 2010
Is beauty really only skin deep if the world we occupy behaves as if it is? Toni Morrison explores the reality for an African family living in America at a time when segregation, ‘white’ supremacy ideology and its supporting overt racist apartheid system was embraced and proudly acknowledged ‘as American as apple pie’.
23 July 2010
“The Maãt Mystery is a journey of discovery through the human mindscape, plumbing the depths of individual and collective depravity, degradation and self-destruction and scaling the heights of supreme enlightenment.
This is a pilgrimage through time and space, spanning three continents. Our quest begins in Europe, with Carol and Hans. In North America we meet the mysterious Aiysha, Fundisi the Teacher and Shango. In Africa, we experience the marvellous, ancient wisdom of Nenen Haiti and learn to see the modern world with different eyes.
This word vision is also a sexpense thriller with real people such as George, the unfortunate victim and Gertrude, the “rude gal”, dealing with life’s ordinary issues in extraordinary ways. Laugh and cry, live and die with these key characters as they interact with each other, continuing their personal quests for fulfilment, seeking, among other things: acceptance, identity, knowledge, love, material acquisitions, power, more power, sexual satisfaction and vengeance.
Please note that it is not suitable for children.
It can also have a dramatic effect on how you, the adult, sees the world and your place in it. Some people may be shocked, offended or even reoriented by some of the language, events, ideas and concepts expressed.”
An extract from the introduction by the author
04 January 2010
Children of African descent have few avenues for giving their point of view on contemporary issues. Over the last four years, the Essay Contest for Children of African Descent has encouraged and supported children from eight to sixteen to write on some of the challenging issues affecting them. This book shares some of their thoughts, opinions, dreams and aspirations.
23 August 2009
How do you review a ceremonial drumming session? Perhaps it is best to expand upon what it is. The Ebge Ilu Oduniyi Ceremonial Bata drummers and the Orisha singers ensemble have created a space where we have the opportunity to participate, learn and experience a genuine healing drum ceremony.