LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 16 March 2022 – 3pm: Liberation Movement as Cultural Producers

Today’s session explores the legacies of PAC’s Mafube Arts Commune and band; ANC’s Amandla Cultural Ensemble and MEDU Art Ensemble, as well as outfits such as Malopoets and Dashiki, which were associated with BCM. With historians of these projects such as Gwen Ansell, Percy Mabandu, Ali Hlongwane and Steve Dyer.


Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, a monograph that studies the history and impact of the landmark South African jazz album.

Gwen Ansell is a freelance writer, writing teacher, media consultant and creative industries researcher. She is the author of ‘Soweto Blues: Jazz, Politics and Popular Music in South Africa’.

Ali Hlongwane is a cultural worker and activist who has authored two biographies of PAC figures, namely The Lion of Azania: a biography and We Are Going Home Armed or Unarmed: A Biography of John Nyati Pokela (1921 – 1985).

Steve Dyer is an internationally renowned saxophonist and flautist. As cultural activist he was a member of Medu Art Ensemble, Shakawe and briefly toured with Amandla Cultural Ensemble.

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15 March 2022 – 3pm: South African Liberation Songs

In our opening session we present a conversation between contemporary musicians who actively draw on the archive to directly inform their music and artist practice, along with audio pieces from each participant. With: Neo Muyanga, Asher Gamedze, Masello Montana and Nhlanhla Ngqaqu (iPhupho L’ka Biko). Neo Muyanga is a composer, theorist and activist who is engaged in a multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

Liberation Radio is a new monthly program on the Pan African Space Station (PASS). It is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, …  ( continue reading

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The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts – 09-11 February 2022

We were proud to present the worldwide premiere of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS from 09­-11 February 2022. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. For further reading on …  ( continue reading

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 3 [VERDICT] – 11 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 3 [Verdict] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 11­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Agora by Obi Okigbo (as part of …  ( continue reading

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 2 [TRIAL] – 10 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 2 [Trial] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 10­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Clearing by Obi Okigbo (as part …  ( continue reading

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 1 [ARRIVAL] – 09 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 1 [Arrival] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 09­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Shrine by …  ( continue reading

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THE BROTHER MOVES ON RETURNS – 06 NOVEMBER 2021

Chimurenga is pleased to announce the return of The Brother Moves On to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town). Saturday, 06 November 2021 Doors open from 6:30pm, with limited capacity. R120 presale (bookings here) R150 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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ALL DAY PHAROAH

On his 81st, we celebrate Pharoah Sanders, ALL DAY! Tune in…  ( continue reading

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PASS presents: Salim Washington, Dalisu Ndlazi, Asher Gamedze in conversation

Pan African Space Station presents the latest edition of Stories About Music in Africa, a musical conversation between Salim Washington (saxophone/flute), Dalisu Ndlazi (upright bass) and Asher Gamedze (drums). This session was recorded live at the Chimurenga Factory in June 2021. Watch/listen to other episodes from the Stories About Music in Africa series.  ( continue reading

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