“Sound is defined by vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach the ear. Yet there is more to it when one imagines the hearing process as an involuntary command placed upon the body to be processed instantly. This realization can lead us to use sound as a means to inoculate one another with positivity, encouragement, and a connective awareness if we so choose. In our earth’s recent history, there has been a decline in the respect for this knowledge and a reward has been paid to those who willingly broadcast destructive sound wave commands across Planet Earth as a means to incapacitate its inevitable spiritual ascension. Even so, there are those who await vibratory commands from beyond this dimension in order to awaken a revolution of the heart.” – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Chimurenga is delighted to welcome back Georgia Anne Muldrow and her “ancestral orchestra” to the Pan African Space Station (PASS) for what will be her first concert in Johannesburg. Ever astral traveling via her independent imprint SomeOthaShip, Georgia Anne Muldrow has been blessing us with her productions, compositions, vocals (sung or MC-ed) and truth-telling fonk for over a decade, under various aliases (Jyoti, Ms One…).
Born to jazz musicians in Los Angeles, Georgia Anne Muldrow was born for this very purpose – to make her vocal style, rhythmic production and multi structured songwriting that are so highly sought after. Mos Def says she “sounds like Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald rolled in one”. Erykah Badu says she “sounds like Alice Coltrane and J-Dilla rolled into one”. Others say she’s like “Herbie Hancock, Betty Davis, and Angela Wimbush rolled into one”. Whatever it is, she’s standing on some mighty shoulders, slinging a bag of her own.
She has worked with trailblazing artists such as Dudley Perkins, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Madlib, Dj Romes, Prince Po, The Visionaries, Brian Jackson, Dego, Robert Glasper, Bahamadia, Bilal, Mos Def and Erykah Badu among countless others. Her releases include Worthnothings, Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth, Blackhouse, Umsindo, Kings Ballad, Ms.One (rap e.p.) , the award winning jazz album Ocotea, Denderah (her second jazz record) and her latest works A Thoughtiverse Unmarred and Oligarchy Sucks.
For her first performance in Johannesburg, Georgia Anne Muldrow will collaborate with award winning pianist Thandi Ntuli and her quartet including Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums) and Sthembiso Bhengu (trumpet).
The Monkey Nuts are an alternative hip hop ensemble and visual arts collective based in Harare. Members include musician Impiaipeli Maphango, emcee and writer Joshua Chiundiza and musician and graphic designer Tino Tagwieryi. Their sound is a mix of Chimurenga/Jit and hip hop rhythms, blended with electronic tones, crowned with a visual aesthetic that celebrates their Southern African heritage.
Keleketla! Library, King Kong building, 6 Verwey Street, Johannesburg
Friday April 20, from 8pm
Advance tickets (R150) can be purchased at http://qkt.io/DenderahRising.
On Friday 19, from 6pm we gathered in the Chimurenga/PASS radio studio on Long Street to give thanks to Keorapetse William Kgositsile (19 September 1938 – 3 January 2018). The session is hosted by Uhuru Phalafala and Bongani Kona and features contributions by Harry Garuba, Karen Press, and Julie Nxadi. We also listened and broadcast recordings of his performances, interviews etc, and the work he often made reference to: Dyani’s bass, the words of Baraka and Neruda etc. Please join …
Sunday 12 November 15:00 – ‘Post- Chimurenga Postures (pt. 2)’ with Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo & Dwayne Kapula 16:00 – ‘Meditations on Development’ with vocalist and songwriter Netsayi 17:00 – ‘We Need New Names’ – In conversation with artist Kudzanai Chiurai 18:00 – Tinofireyi Zhou’s ‘Somewhere Between North and South Samora’ featuring poet and writer Cynthia Marangwanda aka flowchyld 20:00 – The Monkey Nuts present ‘Music Lab Experiment’, an experimental recording session. For more, follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Mixcloud Save Save Save
Saturday 11 November 15:00 – ‘Zim-Congo Connexion’ with Tinofireyi Zhou in conversation with Ntone Edjabe. 16:00 – 18:00 – ‘Post Chimurenga Postures’ with Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo & Dwayne Kapula. 18:00 – Tinofireyi Zhou’s ‘Somewhere Between North and South Samora’ featuring poet and beatmaker Aspya & spoken word artist Rae Lyric. 19:00 – Rob Machiri’s ‘Listening to a Listening at Pungwe Nights’. 20:00 – The Monkey Nuts LIVE performance. For more, follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Mixcloud Save
Friday 10 November 15:00 – 17:00 – ‘Post-Chimurenga Postures’ (pt. 1) with Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo & Dwayne Kapula 17:00 – Listening session with Virgina Phiri & Tinofireyi Zhou 18:00 – 18:30 – Tinofireyi Zhou’s ‘Somewhere Between North and South Samora’ feat. guest Shingirayi Sabeta 18:30 – 20:00 – Rob Machiri’s ‘Pungwe Nights’ 20:00 – The Monkey Nuts with guest Dj Motomuzhinji Save
Day 1 of PASS in Harare! Pan African Space Station (PASS) officially lands in The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) – broadcasting LIVE from 9 – 12 November, 15:00 – 21:00 (CAT) daily. Kudzanai Chiurai will launch his first ever solo exhibition in his home country this afternoon at the gallery titled ‘We Need New Names’. Join us at NGZ or via our live stream. Thursday 9 November 15:00 – PASS opening/music selection 16:00 – Njabulo Mbono and Irene Staunton of Weaver Press joined by guests Farai …
From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed in The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in the centre of Harare. In collaboration with visual artist Kudzanai Chiurai, who launched his first ever solo exhibition in his home country titled ‘We Need New Names’, Chimurenga installed the PASS studio as a public research platform towards a Zimbabwe focused issue of the Chimurenga Chronic. Looking into the inventions of Zimbabwe, the programming examined music as the paradigm through which the …
Champeta Punk will be residents of the Pan African Space Station LIVE from Mexico City from 31 October – 5 November (no broadcast on Wednesday 1 November due to Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead), everyday from 16:00 – 20:00 (CDT). Tune in via www.panafricanspacestation.org.za Champeta Punk is a party collective based in Mexico City and Bogotá. Started in 2013 by two Colombians living in Mexico City, David Rincon and Fabian Vega, the …
Cooperative Cráter Invertido will be residents of the Pan African Space Station LIVE from Mexico City from 25 – 29 October, everyday from 16:00 – 20:00 (CDT). Tune in via www.panafricanspacestation.org.za Cooperativa Cráter Invertido is an imaginary space that often materializes in San Rafael, Mexico City. In this imaginary territory, the cooperative explores various collaborative projects, including the ‘Editorial Production Workshop’, a collective of editorial projects dedicated to the reflection and critical practice of trade and consumerism; and ‘Radio Tropiezo’, a free online …