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Mbizo Lives On and On…

On 30 November 2016, PASS hosted a 24hr live broadcast at Chimurenga HQ in Cape Town, paying tribute to healer, musician, composer and painter Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986). Mbizo Day featured music written and/or performed by Johnny Dyani, as well as rare interviews with the artist, comments by people who knew and worked with him, and tributes from people inspired by his life.

Revisit moments from this dedication via the Pan African Space Station on Mixcloud. We give thanks to Louis Moholo, Ikapa Jazz Movement, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Future Nostaligia, Lesego Rampolokeng and all involved in keeping Mbizo alive.

 

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Luambo Franco Tribute with Faustin Linyekula & Jose Pereelanga

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Luambo Franco Makiadi, simply known to many as Franco, was the founder of the group TPOK Jazz and is considered one of the originators of the modern Congolese sound. Over the course of 40 years, he produced more than 150 albums and 1000 songs. His style of music, a seamless blend of Cuban rumba and Congolese rhythms, can still be heard in popular music across the continent today. Almost 30 years after his death, Faustin Linyekula, accompanied by guitarist Jose Pereelanga, …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam Daily Runnings: Monday 12 December

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PASS in Amsterdam is underway at the OBA Central Library. This PASS live studio will feature a 5-day programme, running daily from 14:00 – 20:00 (GMT +1), with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Monday 12 December 14:00 – Chandra Frank 15:30 – Ato Malinda 16:00 – Jimmy Rage w/ Bamba Al Mansour 18:00 – Franck Biyong …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Kodwo Eshun

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Kodwo Eshun is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist, lecturer and filmmaker based in London. Along with Anjalika Sagar, Eshun founded the The Otolith Group, a research based artists organisation focused on exploring the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The Otolith Group have exhibited their works worldwide and are commissioned to develop and exhibit their art works, research and publications by a wide range institutions. This work acts as a resource that is documented on …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: DJ Jumanne

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Amsterdam based DJ Jumanne, aka J4, is a DJ and founder of Africanhiphop.com, the oldest website dedicated to hip hop cultures on the continent. He’s been running African Hip Hop since 1997, chronicling the development and rise of African hip-hop through the past nineteen years. African Hip Hop now runs a 24/7 radio stream, as well as Africa Is Hot, a monthly radio show on Red Light Radio. DJ Jumanne will be playing on PASS in Amsterdam on Monday 12 …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Faustin Linyekula

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Faustin Linyekula is Congolese artist, dancer, choreographer and founder of Studios Kabako in Kisangani. Linyekula’s works are inspired by, among other forms, Ndombolo and examines his personal story within the context Congo’s rich yet tumultuous history. In Le Cargo (2011), exploring his own personal narrative, Linyekula investigates his relationship with dance, the physical language through which he has told his country’s stories, as he searches for traces of this cruel history on his body. Faustin Linyekula will be on PASS …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Chandra Frank

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Chandra Frank is a writer and curator living in Amsterdam. Her work is mainly focused on the Black, Migrant and Refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands during the 1980s. Frank explores the role of archives, black and brown feminist genealogy and the politics of pleasure and resistance in her practice. Most recently, Frank curated a two-year project, developed in collaboration with the Amsterdam based gallery Framer Framed, titled Re(as)sisting Narratives, which explores the relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands. Themes …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Akinbode Akinbiyi

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Akinbode Akinbiyi is a Nigerian Berlin-based photographer, curator and writer. Akinbiyi has worked  as a photographer since 1974, focusing on photojournalism and architectural and cultural photography in African megacities. He has documented scenes from Johannesburg, Lagos, Kinsasha, Dakar and Douala; bringing viewers closer to urban life on the continent: from the banal everyday occurrences to the increasing profusion of high-rises. In 2016, Akinbiyi’s work was published in the catalogue of Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Always, in Spite of Everything. …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Jimmy Rage

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Femi Dawkins aka Jimmy Rage is a Jamaican-born visual artist, poet and musician based in Amsterdam. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Jimmy Rage is interested in the nature of fractured narratives and autobiographical tales that cross borders, and imagines our identities as “open-ended loops feeding backwards and forwards”, rather than linear stories with clear endings. Jimmy Rage wrote and starred in The Afro Galactic Dream Factory, an ‘Afrotechno vocal symphony’ that was staged in Cape Town in 2013. Rage also Screams Through …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Vo Trong Nghia

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Vo Trong Nghia is an award-winning Vietnamese architect on a mission to transform Vietnam’s attitudes towards urban spaces through his ‘green’ designs. Known as a bamboo building master, Nghia has a penchant for intricate and environmentally-friendly buildings into which he integrates contemporary design with inexpensive, local materials and traditional skills. Nghia is one of the 2016 Prince Claus Laureates and will be on PASS in Amsterdam, alongside Kunle Adeyemi and Lesley Lokko, on Tuesday 13 December from 15:00 – 16:00.  ( continue reading

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