LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 10th-14th August 2022

From 10 – 14 August 2022, we presented another edition of “Liberation Radio”, an ongoing research conducted primarily through broadcasting practice, on cultural initiatives by and through liberation movements operating in the city-studios of Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more.

After Cairo and Harare, we landed the Pan African Space Station (PASS) in Dar es Salaam to listen on themes such as the radical history of the University of Dar es Salaam – including Rodney-mentored study groups such as USARF and more; the limits of state-instituted Pan Africanism, as experienced during the 6-PAC of 1974; the spread of Kiswahili through the liberation struggle and its promotion by Soyinka, Armah, Ngugi and other members of the short-lived Union of African Writers; as well as the cultural work enabled by the presence of freedom fighters in Dar – such as the radical output of the Tanzanian Publishing House and the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation. But also, smaller but influential projects like the music group Afro 70. And much more.

The sessions were hosted by the illustrious publisher Mkuki na Nyota/TPH Bookshop (24 Samora Ave). Participants included: Pungwe Listening (Rob Machiri and Memory Biwa), Contemporary Image Collective (Andrea Thal and Samah Gafar), Moses Marz, Nombuso Mathibela, Yasmina Reggad and Parselelo Kantai.

In conversation with writers, journalists, musicians and scholars: Walter Bgoya, Maria Shaba, Horace Campbell, John Kitime, Salim Willis and many more.

 

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SOUNDGARDEN – a live reading for Bessie Head’s 85th

On 13 July 2022, Ilze Wolff curated a live reading, in celebration of Bessie Head’s 85th. With readings by Jess Myers, Wame Molefhe, Michelle Renyé, Moses Serubiri, Mmakhotso Lamola, Nombuso Mathibela and Hitomi Yokoyama. Listen back to the session below: With thanks to Bessie Head Trust, Khama III Memorial Museum  ( continue reading

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MASELLO MOTANA’S VOCAL MUSEUM – LIVE AT THE CHIMURENGA FACTORY

We are proud to present a once-off performance of Masello Motana’s Vocal Museum at the Chimurenga Factory on 8 July 2022. The Vocal Museum is a sonic documentary, a journey into collective memory, an activation of the Azanian songbook by singer-satirist, actress and performance artist Masello Motana, backed by a live band. This foray into the South African Black Ark follows Masello’s earlier musical experiments through projects such as the kwaito revivalist outfit Thath’i Cover Okestra, or the out-soundings of …  ( continue reading

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WIND DANCE ENSEMBLE – live in studio – 27 May 2022 from 6pm

We present a live in-studio performance by Wind Dance Ensemble, an ongoing experimental sound + multimedia project between veteran Cape Town artist & musician, Hilton Schilder & artist & DJ/selector Futurist. Tune in Friday, 27 May 2022 from 6pm.  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: PEOPLE WHO THINK TOGETHER, DANCE TOGETHER #7

We are pleased to present People Who Think Together, Dance Together #7, a series of conversations with Christian Nyampeta, recorded for radio (and video) rooted not in discipline, professionalism and scholarship but in friendship, love and affiliation. The series will be broadcast live from 6pm and features:– 24 May 2022: Olu Oguibe– 25 May 2022: Sasha Bonét and Hannah Black– 26 May 2022: Natacha Nsabimana and Emmanuel Olunkwa The conversations revolve around a new understanding of the diasporic as a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: PUNGWE 1

Selected and mixed by Robert Machiri This piece presents various operators of the liberation struggle, across countries and movements, through a mix that brings together speech, music and struggle song. Maybe an attempt at presenting a cacophony of political vocalisations. Reproducing the sound of the liberation struggle in southern Africa as a totality of voices and music produced by militants across the region and beyond. As an attempt to expand on the “struggle song” beyond the chronological markers of political …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: La Discothèque de Sarah Maldoror*

decomposed, an-arranged, and reproduced by Ntone Edjabe Sarah Maldoror and film crew on the set of The Battle of Algiers (1966)  ( continue reading

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DIALECTIC SOUL – live at the Chimurenga Factory

withAsher GamedzeThembinkosi MavimbelaRobin FassieBuddy WellsNono Nkoane live at Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town)Friday, 08 April 2022Doors open at 7pm 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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iPHUPHO L’KA BIKO – live at the Chimurenga Factory

Pan African Space Station is pleased to announce the return of iPhupho L’ka Biko to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town). Thursday, 31 March 2022 Doors open from 7pm, with limited capacity. R150 presale (bookings here) R180 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 18 March 2022 – 3pm: Fugitive Archives

In the final broadcast, we discuss methods of recovering, curating, re-presenting and conserving black collective and fugitive practice. With Uhuru Phalafala, Sinazo Mtshemla, Lerato Kuzwayo, Kgomotso Ramushu. Dr Uhuru Phalafala is a scholar, an artist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She is author of the upcoming monograph on Keorapetse Kgositsile titled Black Radical Traditions from the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement. She heads a project that repatriates and republishes apartheid-era cultural production. Sinazo Mtshemla is a …  ( continue reading

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