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Thath’i Cover Okestra

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Thath’i Cover Okestra in a unique re-exploration of kwaito music live at Guga Sthebe- Arts & Culture Center, Langa on on November 4

The brainchild of Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela from Keleketla! Library, the Okestra invites a crew of young independent Joburg-based musicians (supported by the Goethe Institut) to investigate the meaning and importance of kwaito music’s legacy for a new generation. More here.

Their PASS performance featured original and new members of the okestra, including Card on Spokes (electronics), Lee Thomson (trumpet) and Masello Motana (vocals), and was arranged, directed and conducted by Cape Town jazz pianist Bokani Dyer.

The set is followed by Mogale’s after-party set.

 

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Thath’i Cover Okestra – Guga S’thebe – 04 November 2012

Thath’i Cover Okestra – perform a collaborative re-exploration of kwaito arranged, directed and conducted by Bokani Dyer on 4 November 2012 at Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre, Langa. Pics by Roxanne Davids. More here And it’s not over – Thath’i Cover Okestra live at Gugas streaming oat 6pm this eve (SA time). Mogale’s after-party set will follow. Tune in.        ( continue reading

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Thath’i Cover Okestra

The Pan African Space Station host Thath’i Cover Okestra in a unique re-exploration of kwaito music live at 2pm today at Guga Sthebe- Arts & Culture Center, Washington Street, Langa. The brainchild of Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela from Keleketla! Library, Thath’i Cover Okestra invites a crew of young independent Joburg-based musicians (supported by the Goethe Institut) to investigate the meaning and importance of kwaito music’s legacy for a new generation. This performance will feature original and new members of …  ( continue reading

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The Brother Moves On

The Brother’s sound is a tradition-trouncing trans-Atlantic Afro-centric futuristically ancient fusion that jack knifes between offworld spectral dub-metal, hyperrhythmic rock psychedelia, indie-township and astro-afro-free-jazz. Taking a cue from that other “Brother From Another Planet” they embrace a multi-genre, multimedia aesthetic, re-challenging hip-hop’s five pillars (MCing, DJing, B-boying and graffiti writing) into a conceptechnic performance art project that incorporates historical, political, and sociological perspectives. While their new album, ETA  is currently available online, Brother is best experienced life.  ( continue reading

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This week live on PASS radio

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Thursday: Nga Funk Friday: Hilton Schilder Trio Saturday: TheBrother Moves On (Jhb) Outdoor Sunday: Thath’i Cover Okestra with Bokani Dyer live from Guga Sthebe All performances from 9.30pm (excerpt Sunday – info here)   Livestream by hitting the ‘Listen to the live stream’ link on the left.  ( continue reading

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PASS Presents Thath’i Cover Okestra

The Pan African Space Station presents Thath’i Cover Okestra – a collaborative re-exploration of kwaito arranged, directed and conducted by Bokani Dyer 4 November 2012 at 2pm Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre, Washington St., Langa R50 presold from Chimurenga- Pan African Market, 76 Long Street and Tagores- 42 Trill Road, Observatory. Or call: 021 422 4168 “Waar was Jy?” asked kwaito crew Skeem in their 1996 pumping house, ragga and rap hit with the same title. “Where were you?” …  ( continue reading

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PASS presents Netsayi & Black Pressure with Siya Makuzeni

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8pm Slave Church, 40 Long Street, Cape Town Entry R50 presold, R80 at the door For further info: 021 422 4168 This summer the Pan African Space Station continues its cross-cultural and cyber-spatial exploration with a series of genre-busting live music sessions in Cape Town. The first installment features Zimbabwean singer and songwriter Netsayi and her band Black Pressure exploring new musical territory in collaboration with South African jazz trombonist and songstress Siya Makuzeni. Working …  ( continue reading

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Spha Mdlalose

Jazz vocalist Spha Mdlalose moves from rough-hewn shebeen-styled jazz through souful gospel grooves to Sarah Vaughan-like sophistication and Ella-edged beboppers. Since graduating Mdlalose has performed alongside Jimmy Dludlu, Zamajobe and Sbongile Khumalo. PASS people will know her from Bheki Khoza’s War Chorale, her sets with Lwanda Gogwana and the Plantation Miners at Tagore’s and her recent performance in Neo Muyanga’s Flower of Shembe. Watch one of her performances here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXqt9xE1ENA  ( continue reading

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Reza Khota

Eastern rhythms collide with jazzy improvisation… Guitarist and composer Reza Khota mines the musical links that criss-cross the Mediterranean and Indian oceans. More on Reza here.  ( continue reading

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This week live on PASS radio

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Reza Khota completes his short residency on Wednesday 12 Sept. Graeme Arendse aka DJ Boeta G takes the pulpit on Thursday 13 Sept On Friday 14 Sept, a once-off: Chief Dr. Prof. Neo Muyanga drops his shembe baton and pulls out the toys – and this man takes his games seriously. Don’t miss this. The amazingly talented Spha Mdlalose is back …  ( continue reading

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