What is better to do in the coming of the cold winter months than to snuggle up with a good book? We’ve picked some of our most enjoyed books that educated, inspired, and celebrate the beautiful African Diaspora.
Spilt Milk by Kopano Matlwa
A story of two passionate people who share a shameful past and a tenuous present. The remarkable narrative follows headmistress Mohumagadi—of the elite Sekolo sa Ditlhora school for talented black children—and Father Bill, a disgraced preacher, as they are brought together again decades after a childhood love affair expelled them from their communities. Much to the dismay of her students, Mohumagadi hires Father Bill as a teacher, resulting in a battle of wills and wits for the hearts and minds of the children living in the shadow of revolution and change. Entertaining and thought-provoking, this unique account offers insight into the workings of African culture.
Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World (African Expressive Cultures) by Eric Charry
Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are active and creative participants in the worldwide culture of hip hop and rap. Eric Charry and an international group of contributors look carefully at the background of this movement as well as other contemporary musical currents, including reggae, ragga, gospel music, and drumming. Covering Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa, this volume offers unique perspectives on the influences, development, and presence of African hip hop on the global music scene.
So Long a Letter by Miariama Ba
This novel is a perceptive testimony to the plight of articulate women who live in social milieux dominated by attitudes and values that deny them their proper place. It is a sequence of reminiscences, some wistful, some bitter, recounted by a recently widowed Senegalese schoolteacher. The letter, addressed to an old friend is a record of her emotional struggle for survival after her husband’s abrupt decision to take a second wife.
Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora Joeseph E. Harris
Essays that examine the African experience and slavery in the Mediterranean, the black experience in Brazil, African religious retentions in Latin American countries, and essays by women that focus on the experience and contributions of African women of the Diaspora.
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they and she will come to both revere and fear.
Let us know if you have read any of the books or if you have a suggestion for the Africlectic library?