Kagenna Magazine

Kagenna Magazine

An alternative magazine from South Africa. Started life as an underground zine published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and grew into an irregular, irreverent and entertaining read at the newsstand. Published in Cape Town, the magazine carried articles by activists, anarchists, ecologists and hackers and was considered subversive and revolutionary for its time. The last issue was published electronically in 1993.


Kagenna - from Gehenna, the Jewish Hell, and !Cagn, the mantis god of the !kung San People

The project started out as a collective experiment in Cape Town after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The first issue had a silk-screened cover and was photocopied. Subsequent issues became more sophisticated and the magazine developed a life of its own, spawning other experiments and in particular a thriving small press.


Kagenna #1 (silk-screened cover) 101 Green things to do; Beyond Environmental Conflict; Women as practical Utopists; Hyperdelic Exploration; Artvark Interview; Garbage Ecology; Ten Key Values of the Green Movement; Jim Jute and the Night People; Tristam and Them comic.(24pp) out of print

Kagenna #2 (silk-screened cover) Reclaiming Celebration; Busking;Towards a Green South Africa by Jacklyn Cock; Dioxin Factsheet; Siyabona Theatre; The Word Becomes Cassette by William Levy; Tristam and Them comic.(28pp) out of print

Kagenna #3 Plastic Propaganda; Art and Change; Ozone- Friendly Might Just KillYou; Global Warming Factsheet; Camphill Bus; African Hip Hop interview; Fax for Freedom; Recycling and Toxics guide; The Kitchen Revolution; Beezy Bailey poster. (28pp + poster) R12.50

Kagenna #4 Do You Have to be White to be Green by Albie Sachs; Steve Newman's alternative reality; German Green party interview; Radical Radio; Disrupting Trivia and Tapping the Information Highway; The Reality of Meat; Hobos Recycle; CO-OP cutup; Kwangoma; P. Clark-Brown poster. (36pp) R13.50 Kagenna #5

Kagenna #5 Planetary Dance; Do Trees Have Rights? Albie Sachs; San Survival; Eco-Architecture; Power Crisis on the Cape Flats; Kicking the Automobile Habit; 25 Difficult things you can do to save the Earth; Mike van Graan interview;Indigenous Plant users outlawed; The Mad-Dogs of the Media, Justin Wells poster. (40pp)

Kagenna #6 Cyberpunk by Timothy Leary; Subversive Television; Bleeding by the Moon; Interconnectedness by Mike Cope; The History of Hemp; Permaculture; Benjamin Zephaniah interview; Street-kid Theatre; Tristam and Them comic; Jane Thompson poster. (40pp)


An archive of images exists at http://www.kagenna.blogspot.com
Index of contents at http://deity.digitalzones.com/kagenna/kagenna.html
View copies of the actual magazine, at the South African National Library in Cape Town, Mayibuye Centre at UWC, and African Studies Library at UCT. Issue 7 available from scribd http://www.scribd.com/doc/2388332/Kagenna-007

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