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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.

Jeffery Allen in Conversation with Bongani Kona

On Wednesday 31 May 2017, Chimurenga hosted an intimate dialogue and recording session with special guest Jeffery Renard Allen, facilitated by Bongani Kona.

American poet, essayist and novelist Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books, including the widely celebrated novel Song of the Shank (2014), which is a take on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African-American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom. Allen is also the author of two collections of poetry, and two other works of fiction. He is currently a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Revisit the Chimurenga Session here, recorded live at our HQ in Cape Town.


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Stories About Music in Africa presents: iKhambi with Nduduzo Makhathini & The Cure Collective


Recorded live at Chimurenga HQ (Cape Town) in April 2017, the eighth installment of Stories About Music in Africa presents Nduduzo Makhathini and The Cure Collective, featuring Makhathini on keyboard, Justin Bellairs on saxophone, Shakeel Cullis on bass and Asher Gamedze on drums. This installment takes it’s name from Makhathini’s latest project ‘iKhambi’, which is a quest for healing through sound. Positive vibration to the universe is at core of Makhathini’s vision for the music and his compositions speak to his …  ( continue reading

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The Legacy of FESTAC ’77: A Sonic Exploration


On 19 May 2017, streamed live as part of Online Radio Festival 2017, the Pan African Space Station presented an hour-long exploration into the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Speaking to Chimurenga‘s ongoing research into the legacy of FESTAC 77, this mix is a historical-critical sonic presentation interrogating issues of place, exile and nationhood, and the confrontations and intersections of ideas on culture, politics and identities. The …  ( continue reading

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Stories About Music In Africa: Ingoma Yomzabalazo with iPhupho L’ka Biko


Recorded live at Chimurenga HQ, Cape Town, in February 2017, this installment of Stories About Music in Africa presents iPhupho L’ka Biko, featuring band leader, composer and bassist Nhlanhla Ngqaqu, Miseka Gaqa (vocals), Athamacwera Ngcaba (trombone), Ludwe Danxa (keyboard) and Lumanyano Mzi (drums). Stories about Music in Africa is an ongoing project of the Pan African Space Station.  ( continue reading

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Listening to PASS in Cairo


Revisit recorded sessions from the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landing at the library of Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Over four days, PASS in Cairo became an improvisational platform for research and deeper explorations into imagined and imaginary borders, featuring live readings, performances and conversations with Chimurenga collaborators in the city. Featured is Hassan Khan, joined in conversation with cultural entrepreneur Yasmine Allam and cartoonist Andeel, on his sci-fi novella ‘Twelve Clues’, as well as a …  ( continue reading

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She go say I be Lady, oh


“In the words of a feminist Muriel Rukeyser, “…the truth about [my] life” has split the world open. One woman’s story successfully breaks the tout le monde jurisdiction of any consensus… Feminism cannot be globally defined because Pangaea broke into pieces 250 million years ago and many wild waters and hazardous bush must be traversed to evangelise my kind of savage. The world is not one.” – Excerpt from ‘Sister Outsider‘ by Yemisi Ogbe (Chimurenga Chronic, Apr 2016)  Tune into …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at CiC Library, Cairo


From 17 -19 February 2017, the Pan African Space Station landed in the library of Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in downtown Cairo. PASS in Cairo featured live readings, performances and conversations with Chimurenga’s collaborators in the city, including Hassan Khan, Amanda KM, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Amado Alfadni, Adham Hafez, Shatha Al Deghady, Magdy El Shafee, Amira Hanafi and many more. Recorded sessions from the landing are available for replay via PASS on Mixcloud.  ( continue reading

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Hassan Khan reads ‘Twelve Clues’


Cairo-based artist and writer Hassan Khan will present a round table discussion interspersed with selections of music and some excerpts from his sci-fi novella, Twelve Clues, live on PASS at the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) library on Friday 17 February from 3-5pm (EET). This short English-language novel, which features 12 clues, 12 chapters and 12 artworks, alludes to a colossal corporation, a ground-breaking science project, humanity, a movie, apes, robots and religion, but complicates the logic of these worlds when they collide with the entangled lives of the …  ( continue reading

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‘Filtered Conversations (Remixed)’ with Amanda KM


Based on her project Filtered Conversations (Remixed), which focuses on the evidence and residue of intimate conversations held between women in Cairo, Amanda KM will have a conversation about previous conversations. She invites Shatha Al Deghady and Ahmed Kubara to have an improvised jam session using loops of sound and voice. Amanda KM will join us in the PASS studio at the library of the Contemporary Image Collective for a live broadcast from 3-5pm (EET) on Thursday 16 February. Amanda KM is …  ( continue reading

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