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Pan African Space Station

Listening to FESTAC

As King Sunny Ade sang, welcome welcome to Nigeria… Ntone Edjabe and Kodwo Eshun hung out in the Chimurenga Library to listen close to records from or recorded for FESTAC ’77.

 

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Rereading the African Writers Series – The Otolith Collective with James Currey

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Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Collective/Group (profiled here) and publisher James Currey discuss the Heinemann African Writers Series, George Hallett, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera and routes (with)in the Chimurenga Library. Recorded for Pan African Space Station at The Showroom, London 2015.  ( continue reading

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Shabaka Hutchings at the controls

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“You just need to listen”    ( continue reading

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Jenny Mbaye with Yoel Kenan

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Digital music platforms across the continent and Senegalese Hip-Hop focus.  ( continue reading

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Christine Eyene on George Hallett

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As Kodwo Eshun has said “critique is love”. For one of the closing sessions to our live in London broadcasts, Christine Eyene shares her affection and critical appreciation for the photography (let’s say genius) of George Hallett. Brotherhood of Breath leading us in…  ( continue reading

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Pass Me the Microphone w/ Rehana Zaman

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Rehana Zaman draws on black women’s experiences of activism, immigration and race relations in ‘That’s Life’, a two-part audio work developed for Pass Me the Microphone. Part conversation, part song, voice and music, ‘That’s Life’ reflects on the ways in which groups, organisations and systems, inscribe racialised and gendered roles within society. Part one features a conversation with Dr Gail Lewis, a sociologist who specialises in psychosocial studies of race and gender. Gail was a long standing member of Brixton …  ( continue reading

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Michael McMillan on FESTAC

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Order! Welcome to FESTAC… One of the delegates of the UK contingent at FESTAC, Michael McMillan, recalls his visit to Lagos ’77 as a 15-year old.  ( continue reading

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The Otolith Collective w/ George Shire

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“Although we talked about ‘literature teaching politics’ he was not as preoccupied with cultural politics or the new left the way in which I was. He didn’t read Marx, or Gramsci and he didn’t read Cabral or Fanon either. His brushes with the British police and Oxford is what drew him to black politics in Britain but at a distance.” The spirit of Dambudzo Marechera in the Showroom today! And live on PASS. Writer and critic George Shire knew the …  ( continue reading

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sorryyoufeeluncomfortable: The Swarm

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Yusuf Musse and Jacob V Joyce with Kodwo Eshun. And the killer bees!  ( continue reading

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Kongo Astronauts

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special mix direct from Kinshasa family w/ Bebson de la Rue and crew. kongoastronauts.wordpress.com  ( continue reading

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