FESTAC ’77

Pan African Space Station at Online Radio Festival – 19 May 2017

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The Pan African Space Station will present Exile and the Creative Imagination, streamed live as part of Online Radio Festival 2017, happening at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam on Friday 19th May. The one-day festival will feature performances and live broadcasts from major internet based radio platforms, including Boiler Room and Red Light Radio.

From 13:00 via onlineradiofestival.net, PASS will take listeners on an hour-long exploration into the legacy of the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. The program pays tribute to artists and thinkers who participated in the festival and ensuing conversations, including Stevie Wonder, Jonas Gwangwa, The Blue Notes, Keorapetse Kgotsitsile, Wole Soyinka, Sun Ra, Myriam Makeba, Tabu Ley Rochereau and more.

Interrogating issues of place and nationhood, and the resistance of borders and boundaries through imaginative agency, Exile and the Creative Imagination will generate a historical and critical sonic presentation of the largest pan-African gathering ever to have taken place at the time. Tune in to listen.

 

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Listening to FESTAC

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As King Sunny Ade sang, welcome welcome to Nigeria… Ntone Edjabe and Kodwo Eshun hung out in the Chimurenga Library to listen close to records from or recorded for FESTAC ’77.    ( continue reading

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PASS in NY: Marilyn Nance – FESTAC 77

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Photographer and visual artist Marilyn Nance has produced exceptional photographs of unique moments in the cultural history of the United States and the African Diaspora, and possesses an archive of images of late 20th century African American life. For PASS at the Performa Hub, Marilyn will join us on Wednesday afternoon to share tales from FESTAC ’77 in Lagos where she was photographer for the North American Zone. A two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography for her body …  ( continue reading

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Your Own Hand Sold You

Poet, choregrapher and AfroSonics arkivist, Harmony Holiday produced this audio mix as part of Chimurenga’s ongoing research project and multimedia installations on the legacies of FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos during 1977.  ( continue reading

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