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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.

Listen: A Conversation with Prof. Taban Lo Liyong

taban-lo-liyong-18082017On Friday 18 August 2017, Chimurenga hosted a public dialogue and recording session with the writer, poet, teacher and revolutionary Taban Lo Liyong. 

Taban Lo Liyong (born 1936) is an acclaimed South Sudanese and Ugandan author who works fluidly between poetry, prose and literary criticism. Having obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, USA (1968), where he is a Fellow of the International Writers Workshop, he has taught in universities around the world – from Uganda, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan and South Africa, to the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan. Listen to the session with Prof Taban Lo Liyong here, facilitated by Bongani Kona.

Refusing the boundaries between the oral and the written word, folktales and experimentation, satire and political commentary, fiction and life, Taban Lo Liyong’s numerous ground-breaking anthologies and collections (including Fixions, 1968; The Last Word, 1969; Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs, 1971; Another Nigger Dead, 1972; Ballads of Underdevelopment, 1976; Meditations of Taban Lo Liyong, 1978; and many more) bristle with biting satire, roguish comedy and a ferocious spirit of defiance. A professor of literature at South Sudan’s University of Juba, Taban Lo Liyong remains an outspoken social and political commentator and fierce proponent of the untethered poetic imagination.

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Listening to Coltrane Week 2017

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I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force, which is truly for good. – John Coltrane (1926-1967) 17 -21 July was Coltrane Week on Pan African Space Station. From 18:00 – 20:00 every evening, we invited listeners to tune into the PASS stream for …  ( continue reading

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‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ Public Lectures


Listen to a selection of thought-provoking public lectures from faculty members of ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’, Session 2 of the RAW Academy at RAW Material Company, Dakar conceived and directed by Chimurenga. “Angazi, but I’m sure” is a common South African phrase simply meaning “I don’t know, but I am sure”. It is a deliberately self-contradictory phrase that is usually spoken in prelude to a reply. The respondent is uncertain – of what they “know”. Or, perhaps, they are certain, but …  ( continue reading

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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 …  ( continue reading

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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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