Chanter l’existence

ISBN 978-3-89645-287-0

Chanter l’existence

La poésie de Sando Marteau et ses horizons philosophiques

Author: Alena Rettová. Translated by: Albert Kasanda. With an epilogue by: Albert Kasanda.

Series: WK Verbal Art and Documentary Literature in African Languages Volume 31

264 pp.
1 map, 35 colour photographs, 4 b/w photographs
Text language(s): French, Swahili
Format: 150 x 210 mm
490 g
€ 39.80

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Publisher: Zdeněk Susa, Středokluky (Czech Republic), 2013, sold by us in commission:

Sando Marteau is a musician, who lives and works in Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is one of the rare Congolese poets using the Swahili language to express his art. Full of melancholy, his songs evoke the suffering and the actual difficulties of the Congolese society, but they describe as well the general situation of the human condition in the present world. Existential experiences – as anxiety, agony, fragility or soitude – are con­stant topics of his songtexts.

The present publication provides an introduction to Sando Marteaus work by classifying it into diverse intellectual contexts: Swahili literature, philosophy, in particular the African philosophy, and Congolese music. The author explores the philosophical dimension of the poet’s songs by attributing an implied existentialism to it. Furthermore, the relevance and possibility of using the genre of musical perform­ance to express philosophical ideas is examined.

About the author:

Alena Rettová holds a PhD from Charles University, Prague, and is now Professor for African and Afrophone Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth/Germany. Her last book Afrophone Philosophies – Reality and Challenge (Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies vol. 7) was published in 2007.

Under PDF Documents you will find the full text of the review by Anke Graneß in POLYLOG 32/2014.

Under these links you will find publications by the author and further (auto)biographical studies of African and non-African characters:

Accompanying material:



Dieses Buch ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Philosophie aus einer innerhalb der Philosophie noch weitestgehend ignorierten Region, Afrika, und eröffnet damit auch auf diesem Gebiet neue Ansatzpunkte für ein interkulturelles Weiterdenken.

Anke Graneß in polylog, 32/2014, 109-111

PDF documents:

PDFReview by Anke Graness in POLYLOG 32/2014(≈ 710 kB)
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