Fellows & Grantees

Asher Gamedze

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2020
Project Title
Yu Chi Chan Club and the National Liberation Front: A history of revolutionary pedagogy, theory and practice
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Cultural worker, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand


Asher Simiso Gamedze is a cultural worker based in Cape Town, South Africa working mainly as a musician, student, a writer, an organiser and an educator. His work as a musician is primarily as a drummer with various ensembles across and between musical traditions of improvised and free music, pop, rock and roll, hip-hop and soul music. His debut album as a bandleader, dialectic soul, is out on On the Corner Records in July 2020. As a writer and a researcher Gamedze’s interests include African history, histories of revolutionary thought and practice, Black cultural production, and radical pedagogy. His written work is published in online popular and news forums (NewFrame, Mail&Guardian, etc), academic journals (South Atlantic Quarterly, Mobilities, New Music South Africa Bulletin) and books, as well as independent activist publications (Publica[c]tion, Pathways to Free Education, Ispili, etc). He has taught and tutored history at the University of Cape Town where he also worked as a researcher for a number of years and is involved as an educator, organizer, and facilitator with various social movements and community activists.