LIVE ON PASS – BASEMENTAL PLATFORM – AN AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

Tune into PASS at 6pm (Central Afrikan Time), 01 October 2020, for an audio documentary on Joburg hip-hop supergroup Basemental Platform – self-described as “the number-one-volunteer-to-be-a-terrorist-army of soldiers who carry a world of hate on their mighty shoulders.”

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FESTAC ’77, a mixtape by Chimurenga

Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of pan African cultural-political gatherings. In this mix, we decompose, an-arrange and reproduce the sound-world of FESTAC ’77 to address the …  ( continue reading

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RA MAVA – CONTINENTAL MATTERS – 28 JULY

Ra Mava presents CONTINENTAL MATTERS – a journey from South Africa to Ghana through conversation and music. Coming at you live on PASS from 4pm (Central Afrikan Time).  ( continue reading

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DOUALA SERENADE – a 24-hour tribute to Manu Dibango | 26 June 2020

From 6pm (Central African Time) this Friday, 26 June 2020, PASS presented “Douala Serenade”, a 24 hour wake for our departed father. A tribute to the generous genius always forward-movement of the great Manu Dibango, Sango ‘a mboa. All music written, arranged, produced, performed by Manu, plus interviews and stories from Jihan El Tahri, Bintou Simpore, Steve Gordon, Simon Njami, Dread Amala, Rhoda Isaacs, Pascale Obolo, Amandine Nana, Funsho Ogundipe, Lionel Manga, Rashid Lombard, Hilaire Akollo, Samuel Nja Kwa, Tania …  ( continue reading

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ELECTRONIC AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, NOT ONLY A WESTERN HISTORY with C-DRIK

    Artist, musician, DJ, singer and composer, C-DRIK (Cedrik Fermont) presented ELECTRONIC AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, NOT ONLY A WESTERN HISTORY – a live radio broadcast on PASS. In this sonic lecture, C-DRIK reshaped, rewrote and decolonised the history of experimental, electronic and noise music from Africa and Asia. Listen to the lecture here:  ( continue reading

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IMAM X – Yout In Exile | Friday 6 Dec

Tomorrow evening (Fri 6 Dec) from 7pm, we are joined by IMAM X aka Khalid Shamis for ‘Yout in Exile’ – a live radio broadcast on PASS. This session delves into music archives from his teenage years in the early 90s in London – Shut up and Dance, Voodoo Ray, Rufus and Chaka Khan, acid, acid jazz, boogie, early UK hip hop – amongst many other grooves, gems and delights. This broadcast will mark and celebrate the end of his on-going seminar …  ( continue reading

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Monday Blues for Sandile Dikeni (1966-2019)

  Friends – please join us in celebrating the life and work of our dearly departed brother and comrade, the poet, journalist and griot of liberation struggles past and present, Sandile Dikeni (1966-2019). Monday 18 Nov, from 7pm: Monday Blues at Chimurenga (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town) Thursday 21 Nov, 5,30 till 7pm: Memorial Service and poetry at St Georges Cathedral (5 Wale st, Cape Town) The family funeral will happen on Saturday 23 November.   Hamba kahle, Sandile.  ( continue reading

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FESTAC 77: PASS landing in New York City

From 23-25 October 2019, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) at Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City, explored three narratives related to the participation of African American artists and intellectuals at FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos in 1977. Wed 23 October 2019, 4pm – 7pm: Sun Ra Arkestra and the jazz avant-garde at FESTAC As revealed in Chimurenga’s recent publication which compiles stories from/about FESTAC, Sun Ra’s Astro/Afro-mysticism was …  ( continue reading

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FESTAC ’77 Celebration in New York City (23 – 25 October 2019)

From 23 – 25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan African Space Station (PASS) at The New School’s Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City.  The three-day broadcast, which will run from 3pm – 7pm (EDT) daily, will explore the participation of African American artists, activists and intellectuals in the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, FESTAC ’77, held in Lagos, Nigeria, in January-February 1977. The nearly 700-strong US delegation at FESTAC ’77 was …  ( continue reading

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FESTAC ’77: PASS Playlist

Speaking to Chimurenga’s ongoing research into the legacy of the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977,  this playlist pays tribute to artists and thinkers who participated in the festival and ensuing conversations. Through our own research into the sonic archives from and around the event, as well as curated conversations and reflections with collaborators across the world through our itinerant radio project, this playlist is an audio supplement …  ( continue reading

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