The Jive Talker: An Artist’s Genesis
The Jive Talker:
An Artist's Genesis
by Samson Kambalu
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When London-based conceptual artist Samson Kambalu was eleven, he founded his own religion, Holyballism. Based on sun worship and influenced by Nietzsche, Freud, and Frida Kahlo’s painting Nuclear Sun, the “holy ball” is the religion’s sacred/blasphemous object: a soccer ball plastered with pages ripped from the Bible and kicked about for “exercises and exorcisms.” Kambalu’s memoir, The Jive Talker, is another form of exorcism and exercise, a literary, polyphonic performance of exuberance and delight.
Kambalu, the fifth of eight children, was born in Malawi in 1975, four years after Hastings Kamuzu Banda was made president for life and just over a decade after the nation had gained its independence from Britain. His name at birth was Kondwani, meaning “Don’t worry, be happy,” a rather ironic designation
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