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The PASS Blog is a timeline, a history and an archive of all activity on the Pan African Space Station. Here you can scroll back in time to see information on past events, collaborators biographies, PASS features and more.

PASS presents: DUMAMA & KECHOU with special guest Madala ‘Bafo’ Kunene

The Pan African Space Station will be hosting DUMAMA & KECHOU for an intimate live concert, featuring special guest, music legend Madala ‘Bafo’ Kunene on Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 7pm.

The event will take place at our new home, The Chimurenga Factory in Woodstock, Cape Town (157 Victoria Road)

DUMAMA (Gugulethu Duma) and KECHOU (Kerim Melik Becker) experiment with the infinite conversation between past and future through live looping of vocals and hand-made instruments from different parts of Africa and the world. Exploring the rich complexities of post-TRC South Africa, they create never-ending contradictions about love, politics and the spirit world.

The duo are longtime students of music legends Madala Kunene and Madosini and, through their practice, are connecting to the sonic and cultural legacies of these elders.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for R100. Presale available for R80 at Chimurenga Factory.

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PASS is going to Australia!

From 11 -13 April, as part of an exhibition hosted by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) entitled Shapes of Knowledge, the Pan African Space Station will land in Melbourne, Australia. In collaboration with artists, activists and cultural workers based in the city, PASS will study, among other histories, Australia’s participation in The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Using our studio as a capsule for further entanglement, …  ( continue reading

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Denderah Rising with Georgia Anne Muldrow + Thandi Ntuli Quartet + The Monkey Nuts

In April 2018, we welcomed back Georgia Anne Muldrow and her “ancestral orchestra” feat. Thandi Ntuli Quartet and The Monkey Nuts to Pan African Space Station (PASS). Below is an excerpt of that night. Breathe!  ( continue reading

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New stories from Herbie Tsoaeli

Recorded live in Cape Town, Herbie Tsoaeli with Nduduzo Makhathini and Claude Cozens. Woza moya! More from our Stories about Music in Africa series here.  ( continue reading

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Doctor Philip Tabane (1934 – 2018)

We give thanks and praise to enigmatic, innovative seer and composer-band leader Doctor Philip Tabane, who passed on,  May 18, 2018. The Dr was a giant. Immense in his power of inheritance, the fierceness of his autonomy, compassion and will to broaden the livable space. Nobody else had such a gift to encompass so many crossroads, to be so free and singular. Nobody else was as gracious, marvelously exploratory and influential, with branches and roots still expanding. Since the early …  ( continue reading

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Denderah Rising with Georgia Anne Muldrow + Thandi Ntuli Quartet + The Monkey Nuts live in Jo’burg

“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 …  ( continue reading

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Sibusile Xaba live at the PASS studio, Cape Town

The Healer and crew – live in the PASS studio (Chimu factory on long st if you no know). Drop by or tune in for medicine.  ( continue reading

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This Way I Salute You – a live broadcast for Keorapetse Kgositsile

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 …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at La Colonie, Paris

  Chimurenga returned to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we installed a live radio station and a research library, and hosted talks, screenings and performances that asked ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. The equation was simple: the length of a Congolese president’s reign is proportional to his/her willingness to honour the principle that the resources of …  ( continue reading

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PASS at La Colonie in Paris Daily Runnings, Sun 17 December

Chimurenga returns to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we will install a live radio station and a research library, and host talks, screenings and performances that asks ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. 19.00  Murder in Kinshasa Screening: Arnaud Zaitjman‘s Murder in Kinshasa (2011) is the first film dedicated to the assassination of Kabila. Followed by conversation with the director. 22.00 …  ( continue reading

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