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Call It A Difficult Night Book Launch

Call it a difficult night is a story about madness. Using anecdotes, poems, dialogue, and fragments of historical research, it follows a nonlinear path in tracing the life of its young narrator/protagonist.

Institutionalised after a ‘final break’, a young woman remembers in sharp detail her disturbing childhood visions, which have become overwhelming by the time she is at high school and university. When she finally gets a diagnosis a doctor explains that she is likely to be either demented or brain dead by the time she’s 30.

Call it a difficult night is a work of empathy, observation and lyricism, by an author who has the capacity to describe great joy and great suffering.

Mishka Hoosen was born in Johannesburg. She completed high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in the USA, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. She is currently studying anthropology, with special interests in
gender, violence, trauma, and folklore. Call it a difficult night is her first book.

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Circum-Atlantic Conference: The Future of the African Diaspora

“Afrofuturism, arguably the most famous concept of speculative futures of the African diaspora, originated primarily in the USA, and is associated with artists such as Sun Ra, George Clinton and Octavia Butler. Envisaging a future and presenting this impulse was considered a symbol of liberation. How do contemporary artists and intellectuals of the African diaspora in North and South America, as well as Europe, envision their future today?” Listen to this talk on PASS. 30/10/2015. 19hoo-21h00 The circum-atlantic conference will …  ( continue reading

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African Futures: Africa’s Speculative Futures and New Imaginaries

            “What kind of speculative futures do artists from different disciplines imagine? Much thought-provoking work has been produced when artists engage with ideas of the future and how contemporary realities in Africa potentially provide answers to questions yet to come.” On the 29 of October, 2015, PASS will be streaming the panel discussion “Africa’s Speculative Futures and New Imaginaries” that features Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroun) as the keynote speaker, and Sherif Adel (Egypt), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum …  ( continue reading

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The last week at Tagore’s

Dear friends – as some of you have heard by now, 42 Trill Rd, the building that currently houses Tagore’s and PASS is on de market. While de market does its thing, we’ll pause on September 30 – nuff said pon dis. We invited friends, musicians to help us through this last week. The lineup: Monday 23 September (Coltrane Day) – Mandisi Dyantyis tribute to JC – supported by Bugz Tues 24 September – Texito Langa – Boeta G in …  ( continue reading

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Reza Khota, Masello Motana, Planet Lindela – live on PASS

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: REZA KHOTA Quartet back on Wed 29 May – closing session of their May residency PHAROAH SANDERS (“Africa”) – in spirit this Thursday (30 May) MASELLO MOTANA and guests (Friday, 31 May) – if it’s nice… PLANET LINDELA (Saturday, 1 June) – Brothers from another planet called Jhb. Heavy. All from 9pm-ish. Livestream by hitting the ‘Listen to the live stream’ …  ( continue reading

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Swartznelfjord, Boeta G, Tony Cedras & some surprises live on PASS

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Wednesday, 24 April: Funky, dubby grooves via Swartznelfjord Trio. Thursday, 25 April is church – a surprise live act and Boeta G on the decks later. Friday, 26 April: Bra Tony Cedras visits from New York All from 9.30pm. Livestream by hitting the ‘Listen to the live stream’ link on the left  ( continue reading

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Mthunzi Mvubu, Bokani Dyer, Tony Cedras – live this week

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Tuesday, April 9: Rising Jhb-based alto saxophonist Mthunzi Mvubu leads a jam – yes that’s a Tuesday Special! He’s with the BNTO in this vid. Wednesday, April 10: Bokani Dyer closes his residency – don’t miss the send-off Thursday, April 11 is church Friday, April 12: Bra Tony Cedras visits from New York Sunday, April 13 is Topshelf – bring your …  ( continue reading

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Bokani Dyer & Sibusiso Phd Dlamini live on PASS

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Bokani Dyer Quintet perform brilliant new works at Tagore’s on Wed, 27 March. Church on Thursday, 28 March. Sibusiso Phd Dlamini and trio teach Ological Studies on Friday, 29 March – new term is on. All from 9.30pm. Learning is free. Livestream by hitting the ‘Listen to the live stream’ link on the left  ( continue reading

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This week live from Tagore’s

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Bokani Dyer Quartet come home for a new residency on Wednesday, March 20. Expect to journey deep into the African American and African traditions, mixing hard smokin’ bop, gospel blues and R&B with classic South African soul jazz of the 1970s. Thursday, March 21 – church! And playing with electricity on Friday, March 22 – machine improvs via Italian duo Legoloop …  ( continue reading

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This week from Tagore’s

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Wed – a rare CT performance by the Buckfever Underground (this would be a trio version led by poet Toast Coetzer – don’t miss) Thurs – well, it’s Tagore’s and its Thursday Fri – Blacky Tempi Quartet feat. Bra Tete: “Did you tell your mother?” All from 9.30pm. Livestream by hitting the ‘Listen to the live stream’ link on the left.  ( continue reading

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