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Neo Muyanga – a Revolting Mass

neo99Composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station Neo Muyanga is back with more Revolting Tunes that engage the axis of black music and the aesthetics of protest. The performance lecture is part of Muyanga’s ongoing, multi-focal exploration of protest music. The project spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role of liberation music in Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay. He hosts discussions and performances to explore these themes with NYC based musicians.

“This is ugly beautiful. One of the roles of music is to do that. It’s position is between things… Nothing is fixed. We can always invent, change. Sometimes that means we have to destroy. That’s okay. It opens that space to build afresh. Music teaches us that. At the moment it feels like we’re in a shit space. But that bodes well for our future. What comes next? How do we get there? That’s my question.” Neo Muyanga, “In The Listening Room,” Chimurenga 16: The Chimurenga Chronic (October 2011)

Neo Muyanga is a composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station. He works across genres – from classical to hip-hop, jazz to pop, and electric guitar to operaand writes, plays, and composes for chorus, chamber, and large ensembles. He has also composed music for and toured with Britain’s prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and South Africa’s celebrated Handspring Puppet Company. He is a fellow of the Aspin Global Leadership Initiative, a research fellow at the University of the Western Cape and has a WISER–DUKE writing fellowship.

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Neo Muyanga – Revolting Songs

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Neo Muyanga‘s “Revolting Songs: Black Music and the Aesthetics of Protest” Here, the Cape Town based composer and PASS co-founder continues his multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role of liberation music in Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay. Neo Muyanga is a composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station. He works across genres – from classical to hip-hop, jazz to pop, …  ( continue reading

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PASS in NY: Neo Muyanga

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  Cape Town-based composer and PASS co-founder Neo Muyanga is engaged in an ongoing, multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role of liberation music in Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay. For PASS at the Performa Hub in New York, Neo will host discussions and performances to explore these themes with NYC based musicians. “This is ugly beautiful. One of the roles of music is to do …  ( continue reading

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Revolting Songs: Neo Muyanga

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This installment of Stories about Music in Africa features South African musician and composer Neo Muyanga. Stories about Music in Africa is an ongoing project of the Pan African Space Station. Special thanks to Brundyn+ Gallery and Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism.    ( continue reading

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Neo Muyanga: Revolting Songs

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Stories about Music in Africa: On Thursday January 15, 2015, Pan African Space Station (PASS) shall broadcast a concert-lecture from Neo Muyanga. This transmission is the second in a series of monthly PASS broadcasts recorded at the Chimurenga headquarters in Cape Town and satellite locations across the African world. Tune in at panafricanspacestation.org.za For more on Neo Muyanga read here. Produced with kind support from Goethe-Institut and Pro Helvetia. Thanks too to Brundyn+ Gallery and Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and …  ( continue reading

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Neo Muyanga

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Neo Muyanga is a Soweto-born composer and musician living in Cape Town. He co-founded Pan African Space Station with Ntone Edjabe in 2008 (or was it in Yeoville in the 1990s?). June 2014 saw the debut of his opera, The Struggle is My Life, based on an episode in the life of Nelson Mandela and commissioned by Opera Africa. In the (Chronic) listening room, Bra Neo asks: “Does Mapfumo’s Chimurenga music – struggle music – still have any meaning today?” For further information: neosong.net  ( continue reading

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Neo Muyanga

A once-off: Chief Dr. Prof. Neo Muyanga drops his shembe baton and pulls out the toys – and this man takes his games seriously. Muyanga was born in Soweto, into a long line of traditional composers and makers of the timbila (a Mozambican tuned wood percussion instrument). He studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy. Neo composes works for choir, chamber and large ensemble and continues to tour widely as a solo performer and …  ( continue reading

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Neo Muyanga’s The Flowers of shembe – a mythic tale of faith & destiny

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‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ Public Lectures

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Listen to a selection of thought-provoking public lectures from faculty members of ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’, Session 2 of the RAW Academy at RAW Material Company, Dakar conceived and directed by Chimurenga. “Angazi, but I’m sure” is a common South African phrase simply meaning “I don’t know, but I am sure”. It is a deliberately self-contradictory phrase that is usually spoken in prelude to a reply. The respondent is uncertain – of what they “know”. Or, perhaps, they are certain, but …  ( continue reading

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

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From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live in Amsterdam from the OBA Central Library. PASS is an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community, featuring collaborations with artists and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; prompting us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Listen to Kodwo Eshun further entangling our imaginations with ‘Music of Resilience’, recorded on day two of the intervention. For more from …  ( continue reading

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