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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.

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Listening to PASS in Cairo

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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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PASS landing at CiC Library, Cairo

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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 will soon be available for replay via PASS on Mixcloud.  ( continue reading

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

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From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live in Amsterdam from the OBA Central Library. PASS is an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community, featuring collaborations with artists and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; prompting us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Listen to Kodwo Eshun further entangling our imaginations with ‘Music of Resilience’, recorded on day two of the intervention. For more from …  ( continue reading

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Mbizo Lives On and On…

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On 30 November 2016, PASS hosted a 24hr live broadcast at Chimurenga HQ in Cape Town, paying tribute to healer, musician, composer and painter Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986). Mbizo Day featured music written and/or performed by Johnny Dyani, as well as rare interviews with the artist, comments by people who knew and worked with him, and tributes from people inspired by his life. Revisit moments from this dedication via the Pan African Space Station …  ( continue reading

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Luambo Franco Tribute with Faustin Linyekula & Jose Pereelanga

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Luambo Franco Makiadi, simply known to many as Franco, was the founder of the group TPOK Jazz and is considered one of the originators of the modern Congolese sound. Over the course of 40 years, he produced more than 150 albums and 1000 songs. His style of music, a seamless blend of Cuban rumba and Congolese rhythms, can still be heard in popular music across the continent today. Almost 30 years after his death, Faustin Linyekula, accompanied by guitarist Jose Pereelanga, …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam Daily Runnings: Monday 12 December

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PASS in Amsterdam is underway at the OBA Central Library. This PASS live studio will feature a 5-day programme, running daily from 14:00 – 20:00 (GMT +1), with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Monday 12 December 14:00 – Chandra Frank 15:30 – Ato Malinda 16:00 – Jimmy Rage w/ Bamba Al Mansour 18:00 – Franck Biyong …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Kodwo Eshun

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Kodwo Eshun is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist, lecturer and filmmaker based in London. Along with Anjalika Sagar, Eshun founded the The Otolith Group, a research based artists organisation focused on exploring the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The Otolith Group have exhibited their works worldwide and are commissioned to develop and exhibit their art works, research and publications by a wide range institutions. This work acts as a resource that is documented on …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: DJ Jumanne

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Amsterdam based DJ Jumanne, aka J4, is a DJ and founder of Africanhiphop.com, the oldest website dedicated to hip hop cultures on the continent. He’s been running African Hip Hop since 1997, chronicling the development and rise of African hip-hop through the past nineteen years. African Hip Hop now runs a 24/7 radio stream, as well as Africa Is Hot, a monthly radio show on Red Light Radio. DJ Jumanne will be playing on PASS in Amsterdam on Monday 12 …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Faustin Linyekula

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Faustin Linyekula is Congolese artist, dancer, choreographer and founder of Studios Kabako in Kisangani. Linyekula’s works are inspired by, among other forms, Ndombolo and examines his personal story within the context Congo’s rich yet tumultuous history. In Le Cargo (2011), exploring his own personal narrative, Linyekula investigates his relationship with dance, the physical language through which he has told his country’s stories, as he searches for traces of this cruel history on his body. Faustin Linyekula will be on PASS …  ( continue reading

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