Adrift, a soundtrack for migration: DJ Ushka & Lamin Fofana

adriftAfrica is a Country present “Adrift: A soundtrack for migration,” the second of three panels, curated by AIAC managing editor, Africa is a Radio host, and music section editor, Boima Tucker.

Current and former member of the Brooklyn DJ collective Dutty Artz, DJ Ushka (Thanu Yakupitiyage) and Lamin Fofana, talk about Fofana’s recent EP as a jump-off point to discuss migration — from what the Western media has dubbed a European “migrant crisis” stemming from Africa and Syria — to other examples of being “adrift.” The two draw on there personal experiences as immigrants to the U.S from Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone respectively to discuss how they’ve incorporated heavy themes of (im)migration into their work as musicians and activists. The hour will feature both Ushka and Lamin’s musical selections as a soundtrack to being adrift – in terms of bureacracies, physical space and geopolitically.

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Nontsikelelo Mutiti: Women in new media & technology

Nontsikelelo Mutiti‘s African Hair Braiding Salon at the Chimurenga Library in NYC provides a framework to publish and present a range of works that are physical and performative in nature. She gets the weekend programme started with a conversation on women in new media and technology with Torkwase Dyson, Salome Asega, Yulan Grant and Kimberly Drew (Black Contemporary Art).  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Saturday 14 November 2015 Runnings

Nontsikelelo Mutiti‘s African Hair Braiding Salon at the Chimurenga Library in NYC provides a framework to publish and present a range of works that are physical and performative in nature.She gets the weekend programme started with a conversation on women in new media and technology with Torkwase Dyson, Samole Asega, Yulan Grant and Kimberly Drew (Black Contemporary Art). Next up, Africa is a Country present “Adrift: A soundtrack for migration,” the second of three panels, curated by AIAC managing editor, …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Traveling the PASS Spaceways

PASS Pop-up has occupied the Performa 15 Hub in New York with the Chimurenga Library. This multi-tiered programming platform takes the form of a library-of-people, bringing together a broad spectrum of collaborators and literal bodies of knowledge in an improvised, pop-up library which also functions as radio studio and market. The Chimurenga Library engages trade as both the process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services and the practice of exchanging ideas, imaginaries, perceptions, and vocabularies.  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Leave a comment

Coco Fusco – Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba

Coco Fusco brings Dangerous Moves to the PASS Pop-up Studio. The Cuban-American artist and writer draws on her new book, Dangerous Moves, to discuss performance and politics in Cuba, with a focus on Cuban hip hop. “I think all art all over the world can be understood in relation to politics, not just in Cuba. My focus is on artists who address political phenomena. Making art for me is really about work and serious thinking about what happens in the …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Giovanni Russonello on South African jazz

CapitalBop.com editor and JazzTimes contributor, Giovanni Russonello talks on currents in South African Jazz, and plays the tunes. “It was created as a redemptive force by a racially, economically marginalized community of people, and it has always had a remarkable emotional nuance to it – James Baldwin called jazz “double-edged,” and he says it has an “ironic tenacity” to it. He’s right: It’s music that thrives on both the toughness of struggle and the joy of transcendence. ” – Giovanni …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Nontsikelelo Mutiti & Tinashe Mushakavanhu: The Hairdresser of Harare

PASS Pop-up NYC resident, Nontsikelelo Mutiti steps out of her onsite braiding salon to join  writer Tinashe Mushakavanhu in a reading of The Hairdresser of Harare. Zimbabwean-born artist and educator Mutiti’s African Hair Braiding Salon at the Chimurenga Library in the PERFORMA 15 Hub provides a framework to publish and present a range of works that are physical and performative in nature. Here, women of colour are brought into proximity with each other over the business of beauty. Tinashe Mushakavanhu …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Neo Muyanga – a Revolting Mass

Composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station Neo Muyanga is back with more Revolting Tunes that engage the axis of black music and the aesthetics of protest. The performance lecture is part of Muyanga’s ongoing, multi-focal exploration of protest music. The project spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role of liberation music in Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay. He hosts discussions and performances to explore these themes …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Africa is a Country – Block The Road: The Sound of Afrosoca

Africa is a Country are in studio to get the weekend started with “Block The Road: The Sound of Afrosoca,” an exploration of the recent explosion of cross-Atlantic exchange between Caribbean and African musicians, with Rum N’ Lime Radio co-hosts – Queens-based writer and academic Rishi Nath, and DJ, producer, and Trinidadian Soca ambassador @AfricasaCountry. Founded by Sean Jacobs, Africa is a Country is a blog about media, politics, music, events and football. For PASS, Africa is a Country managing editor …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog, Pass Radio | Tags: | Leave a comment

Friday 13 November Runnings

Africa is a Country are in studio to get the weekend started with “Block The Road: The Sound of Afrosoca,” an exploration of the recent explosion of cross-Atlantic exchange between Caribbean and African musicians, with Rum N’ Lime Radio co-hosts – Queens-based writer and academic Rishi Nath, and DJ, producer, and Trinidadian Soca ambassador DLife. Next, composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station, Neo Muyanga is back with more Revolting Tunes that engage black music …  ( continue reading

Category: Pass Blog | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment