Love on a visa
Lineo Segoete + Joshua Chiundiza + Wanlov the Kubolor

In this episode, Lineo Segoete, Joshua Chiundiza and Wanlov the Kubolor explore the politics of love and its many dimensions in the realm of African mobilities and economies. Segoete leads a public discussion, recorded in a live setting during her Open Studio at Njelele Art Station on 7 December 2019, that forms a meditation on the concept of Pan-African love and encompasses the practice of love languages on a budget.  We reflect on the role of culture in love and family matters within circulations across the continent and diaspora, and on a transcontinental love approach through our intertwined histories as the gateway to stronger mutual understanding. Fundamentally, love is a political act ~ could love as a construct benefit from being decolonised and redefined to suit individual choice rather than societal expectation?

Lineo Segoete is a storyteller and creative in the form of writer, researcher, photographer and archivist. She was Co-founder and Co-director of ‘Ba re e ne re Literary Arts’, Co-convenor for the Africa Cluster in the global research collective known as ‘Another Roadmap School’ and Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Vanderbilt University in 2016–2017. Segoete is currently the Content curation and distribution manager for Selemela Learning Network, which focuses on delivering quality education services and resources through collaborative participation. Her independent research practice centres critical literacies, cultural production and heritage preservation. While her writing is mainly creative non-fiction, Lineo identifies as a poet at heart.

Joshua Madalitso Chiundiza is an audiovisual storyteller from Zimbabwe. His work explores his Chewa, Shona and Nguni heritage, taking the form of music/sound recording & performance, experimental film, digital image composition, text and performance art installation. As an artist and musician, he has exhibited and performed widely, including alongside acclaimed acts such as De La Soul, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Akala and DJ Oil (Troublemakers). He participated in Digital Imaginaries - Africas in Production at ZKM Center for Art & Media Karlsruhe in 2018. Chiundiza is founder of The Husikisiki Studio (2018) and a founding member of the art collective, The Monkey Nuts (2011).

Wanlov the Kubolor, is the stagename of Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu, Ghanaian-Romanian musician who is one half of the music duo, the FOKN Bois.

Lineo Segoete and Joshua Chiundiza with Wanlov the Kubolor who joins virtually in public discussion during the “Love on a visa” open studio at Njelele Art Station on 7 December 2019. (Photo: Tinashe Hwindingwi)

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