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PASS Pop-up in Paris

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From September 17 – 19 2015, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) Pop-up was installed inside the gallery of Fondation Cartier, Paris with live programming that explored the past-present-future of Congolese music cultures. This intervention was a part of the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko.

Participating artists in the PASS Pop-UP in Paris included Ray Lema, Elikia M’bokolo, Syllart Records, Afrikaada Magazine, Baloji, Shenguen Shegue, Kongo Astronauts, Christine Eyene. Contributions will also be beamed in from New York, Montreal and Kinshasa by the writers collective Moziki littéraire, from Lubumbashi by Centre d’Art Picha, and from Bogota by Afro-Columbian music pioneers Palenque Records.

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“It’s a shame, they’ll never change”: Lefifi Tladi, Sibusile Xaba & Tumi Mogorosi

Recorded on windy night in April 2016, this Stories About Music in Africa featured the poet Lefifi Tladi (Garunkuwa) with Sibusile Xaba (Newcastle, KZN) on the guitar and Tumi Mogorosi (Johannesburg) on the drums. Stories about Music in Africa is an ongoing project of the Pan African Space Station.  ( continue reading

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PASS Lagos Daily Runnings: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

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Pan African Space Station at Freedom Park in Lagos, 23rd -26th of June 2016 The PASS pop-up studio as an intimate, improvisatory live space becomes one for entangling different realities and experiences – with participants and listeners prompted by ideas of utopia and oppression, history and the future, borders, time, art and technology. Recordings from the live sessions culminate in an archive of experiments: speaking, listening, playing, partying and community. From June 23-26, PASS descends on Freedom Park in Lagos, …  ( continue reading

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Deji Toye, Wole Oguntokun and Segun Adefila: New Nigerian Theatre

Join Deji Toye, an enterprise lawyer/governance professional by day who explores and array of interests (editorial cartoonist, poet, playwright, literary critic and culture activist) the rest of the time, as he discusses the new Nigerian Theatre Audience with Wole Oguntokun and Segun Adefila. Wole Oguntokun is a playwright, stage and film director,  theatre administrator and newspaper columnist. Segun Adefila is co-founder and artistic director/choreographer of Crown Troupe of Africa, a performance art company.  ( continue reading

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PASS x Kallio Library in Helsinki Daily Runnings: 16 April 2016

The final day of our broadcast from Kallio Library, Helsinki opens with conversations between choreographer, Sonya Lindfors, comic artist, Warda Ahmed and Third Space. This is followed by a presentation on anti-fascist thought by Rab-Rab founder, Sezgin Boykin. Visual artist, David Munoz stepu in next asking What do we owe to what we know? What does what we know, owe to what we don’t know? Then we have Minna Henrikson and Ahmed Al-Nawas in conversation about the 1962 Helsinki Youth Festival. …  ( continue reading

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PASS x Kallio Library in Helsinki Daily Runnings: 15 April 2016

On the second day of the broadcast, we open the day’s programme with Ali Akbar Mehta, grandson of  Tyeb Mehta’s pours his concern over violence on canvas. This is followed by a conversation between Morrocan MC Hosni Boudali and Christopher Wessels After that, writer- director Hassan Blasim in conversation with Ahmed Al-Nawas. Hassan Blasim (born 1973) is an Iraqi-born film director and writer who lives in Finland. He writes in Arabic. Later, Sezgin Boynik, Sergio Castrillón & Taneli Viitahuhta discuss Cornelius Cardew and how he politicized collective involvement with learning …  ( continue reading

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Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim (born 1973) is an Iraqi-born film director and writer who lives in Finland. He writes in Arabic. Blasim went to Finland as a refugee in 2004 after getting in trouble when making the film The Wounded Camera in the Kurdish area in northern Iraq. He made four short films for the Finnish broadcasting company Yle. His short story collection The Madman of Freedom Square was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010.[1] His book The Iraqi …  ( continue reading

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Hosni Boudali

Hossni Boudali is an mc, singer and musician based in Helsinki. His work during early nineties have been great influence to Finnish hip hop and jazz. He has also directed a musical about the life of musician Fela Kuti.  ( continue reading

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Babatunde “Aiyekooto” Akerele

Babatunde “Aiyekooto” Akerele leads a Helsinki-based band called Aiyekooto & Afrobeat International. Nigerian born afrobeat musician, composer, arranger and lead singer Babatunde Akerele aka Aiyekooto (b.1966) moved to Finland in 2005, with the assistance of Finnish colleague, guitar player and recording artist Seppo ”Paarma” Salmi. Back in 2003, in Nigeria, they had released a single together, Falana (mind your own business). It got a positive response and radio play on the local stations. When they settled to live in Helsinki, the …  ( continue reading

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PASS x Kallio Library in Helsinki Daily Runnings: 14 April 2016

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On the second day of the broadcast, we open the day’s programme with a conversation that attempts to trace the tensions and ties of Brown Womanhood and the Finnish Language with Koko Hubara and spoken word artists Laura Eklund Nhaga & Eden Gebra. More here. This is followed by Sasha Huber, Swiss-Haitian visual artist based in Helsinki who works with performance-based interventions, video, photography, publications, using compressed-air staple gun – while aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon. Next is Koko Hubara with Dope …  ( continue reading

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