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The PASS Blog is a timeline, a history and an archive of all activity on the Pan African Space Station. Here you can scroll back in time to see information on past events, collaborators biographies, PASS features and more.

Doctor Philip Tabane (1934 – 2018)

We give thanks and praise to enigmatic, innovative seer and composer-band leader Doctor Philip Tabane, who passed on,  May 18, 2018.

The Dr was a giant. Immense in his power of inheritance, the fierceness of his autonomy, compassion and will to broaden the livable space. Nobody else had such a gift to encompass so many crossroads, to be so free and singular. Nobody else was as gracious, marvelously exploratory and influential, with branches and roots still expanding.

Since the early 60s he forged a musical path that defied boundaries, channeling the voices of his ancestors, the Malombo spirits of Venda, through rich polyrhythmic African beats and alchemic free jazz improvisation.

Tabane toured internationally, playing with jazz greats like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Charles Mingus, but his home was in South Africa with Malombo. Here, working with an ever-shifting cast of musicians, his Malombo Jazz Makers, the master let loose with intricate improvisation and free-form soloing that trace the linage of gospel, blues and funk back to its African roots.

Malombo is not just music. It’s an individualised spirit force that uses song and dance as a vehicle of expression. It’s Tabane eschewing traditional cord structures as he fashions harmonious sound around the innuendo of his voice. It’s the Doctor, dressed in snakeskin trousers, injecting his Gibson hollow-body with an insatiable sense of discovery, coaxing free form sounds by hitting the strings or sparking otherworldly melodies from feather light plucks. It’s energy music, a potent life force that reignites black consciousness and speaks to the soul while insisting you get up and dance. Malombo music is at once ritual and meditation, celebration and lamment, prayer and vision.

 

As Sello Edwin Galane wrote: “Malombo is essentially a Venda word that means spiritual healing deity. Used as a singular noun in Tshivenda, it is called leombo. In Sepedi, it is called ‘lepopo’. Without going much into the anthropological and etymological extrapolation of the concept, it suffices… to point out that malombo is a known concept and phenomenon common to African healing practice in South Africa.”

Listen to Dr Philip Tabane live at the Pan African Space Station, St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town (2010)

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Denderah Rising with Georgia Anne Muldrow + Thandi Ntuli Quartet + The Monkey Nuts live in Jo’burg

“Sound is defined by vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach the ear. Yet there is more to it when one imagines the hearing process as an involuntary command placed upon the body to be processed instantly. This realization can lead us to use sound as a means to inoculate one another with positivity, encouragement, and a connective awareness if we so choose. In our earth’s recent history, there has been …  ( continue reading

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Sibusile Xaba live at the PASS studio, Cape Town

The Healer and crew – live in the PASS studio (Chimu factory on long st if you no know). Drop by or tune in for medicine.  ( continue reading

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This Way I Salute You – a live broadcast for Keorapetse Kgositsile

On Friday 19, from 6pm we gathered in the Chimurenga/PASS radio studio on Long Street to give thanks to Keorapetse William Kgositsile (19 September 1938 – 3 January 2018). The session is hosted by Uhuru Phalafala and Bongani Kona and features contributions by Harry Garuba, Karen Press, and Julie Nxadi. We also listened and broadcast recordings of his performances, interviews etc, and the work he often made reference to: Dyani’s bass, the words of Baraka and Neruda etc. Please join …  ( continue reading

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PASS at La Colonie in Paris Daily Runnings, Sun 17 December

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. 19.00  Murder in Kinshasa Screening: Arnaud Zaitjman‘s Murder in Kinshasa (2011) is the first film dedicated to the assassination of Kabila. Followed by conversation with the director. 22.00 …  ( continue reading

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PASS at La Colonie in Paris Daily Runnings, Sat 16 December

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. 15.00 Artists Franck Leibovici & Julien Seroussi present an audio performance of the material from their Bogoro project – which is a study of the legal process of …  ( continue reading

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PASS at La Colonie in Paris Daily Runnings, Friday 15 December

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. 15.00 Writers Abdourahman Waberi & Antoine Vumilia Muhindo in conversation. During his 10-year stay in Kinshasa’s central prison (accused to have participated in the murder of Kabila), Vumilia …  ( continue reading

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PASS at La Colonie in Paris Daily Runnings

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. Thursday 14 December  16.00 – Journalist Percy Nzomuya examines the involvement of Zimbabwe in the DRC wars, and its impact in the subsequent political crisis in Zimbabwe. 17.00 – Drawing …  ( continue reading

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Who Killed Kabila

The Pan African Space Station/Chimurenga Library at La Colonie, Paris 13 December – 17 December 2018 Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. The equation is simple: the length of a …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Harare Daily Runnings: Sunday 12 November

Sunday 12 November 15:00 – ‘Post- Chimurenga Postures (pt. 2)’ with Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo & Dwayne Kapula 16:00 – ‘Meditations on Development’ with vocalist and songwriter Netsayi  17:00 – ‘We Need New Names’ – In conversation with artist Kudzanai Chiurai 18:00 – Tinofireyi Zhou’s ‘Somewhere Between North and South Samora’ featuring poet and writer Cynthia Marangwanda aka flowchyld 20:00 – The Monkey Nuts present ‘Music Lab Experiment’, an experimental recording session. For more, follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Mixcloud Save Save Save  ( continue reading

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