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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.

The launch of ‘Sankomota: An Ode in One Album’ – Friday 31 May

Please join us for the book launch of ‘Sankomota: An Ode in One Album’, happening next Friday 31 May at Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town) from 5:30pm.

The session will be led by Sabelo Mcinziba in conversation with the author Phehello Mofokeng.

 

 

 

“Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay” is the result of many years of research and obsession about the music and band of Sankomota. The book is a slim offering that offers insights into the first album ever recorded in Lesotho, ‘Sankomota’ by the band Sankomota. Recorded in 1983, this album became an instant classic.

Through his interwoven narrative that goes from pseudo-scholarship to delineation of Sankomota’s intense use of language, Mofokeng’s essay touches on mythology, performance, language and politics of this important band that was at the frontier of anti-apartheid and freedom music. Mofokeng attempts to paint a broad image of the musical landscape of the time and unveil the musical obsessions of Sankomota. By the author’s admission, “this book is not definitive, but it is a worthwhile addition to the body of literature and to an ethno-musical understanding of SA’s musical history.”

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PASS presents tectonik:TOMBWA – A solo performance by Victor Gama

  Pan African Space Station presents tectonik:TOMBWA – a solo performance by composer and instrument designer Victor Gama on Wednesday 15 May from 8pm. Where: Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town) Tickets: R100 at the door from 7pm tectonik:TOMBWA In 1983, Angolan anthropologist Augusto Zita N’Gonguenho initiated a research project in the southwest coast of Angola using both scientific and non-western methods such as divinatory practices that stemmed from Angolan knowledge systems. Unfortunately Augusto Zita’s research was interrupted by his …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at MUMA, Melbourne

From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station landed in the stolen and occupied land of the Boonwurrung (of the Kulin nation), in what is known today as Australia. Invited by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge, PASS explored “Black Australia” historical and current connections to pan Africanism and their participation in FESTAC ’77 – the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which took place in Lagos in …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Saturday 13 April

Last day of PASS in Melbourne, broadcasting live from Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). 12:00 – 14:00 Chimurenga FESTAC77 Archive 14:00 – 15:00 Sista Zai presents ‘Black Girl Magic’ 15:00 – 17:00 Stani Goma presents ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’ with Jason Tamiru, featuring special guest Bart Willoughby    ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Friday 12 April

Day 2 of PASS in Melbourne, broadcasting live from Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) 15:00 – 17:00  Chimurenga FESTAC77 archive 17:00 -18:00 MC Lady Lash 18:00 -19:00 Her Africa is Real (H.A.I.R) – Sista Zai and Naomi Velaphi present ‘Afropodes: what is a contemporary African archive in Australia?’ 19:00 – 20:00 Stani Goma with Jason Tamiru present ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Thursday 11 April

Day 1 of PASS in Melbourne, broadcasting live from Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).   15:00 – 16:00 Opening of the Pan African Space Station 16: 00 – 17:30 Listening to the Chimurenga FESTAC77 Archive 17:30 – 18:00 Olugbade Okunade featuring Enoch Ogiemwanre 18:00 – 19:00 Sista Zai Zanda presents ‘Black Love’ featuring Ziimusic and N’fa Jones 19:00 – 20:00 Stani Goma presents ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’ featuring Jason Tamiru Tune into PASS to listen. For more, follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Stani Goma

Radio producer and presenter Stani Goma joins us on the Pan African Space Station, LIVE from MUMA in Melbourne from 11-13 April. Stani Goma grew up in Brazzaville and has been involved in community radio since arriving in Australia in 1990. He is the presenter and producer of Flight 1067 to Africa on PBS which features music and news from all over Africa. Over the years Stani has interviewed many African musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Youssou N’dour, Angélique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Papa …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Bart Willoughby

Legendary musician Bart Willoughby joins us on the Pan African Space Station LIVE from MUMA in Melbourne for a live performance on Saturday 13 April from 15:00 – 16:00 (AEST). Multi-instrumentalist and pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby was a founding member of the influential No Fixed Address in the early 80s and Mixed Relations in the 90s. He was the first Indigenous artist to score a feature film, the first to sign a record deal and tour internationally with No Fixed …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Olugbade Okunade

Composer, singer and trumpeter Olugbade Okunade joins us on the Pan African Space Station LIVE from MUMA in Melbourne for a live performance featuring Enoch Ogiemwanre on Thursday 11 April from 17:30 -18:00 (AEST). Part of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Egypt 80 (led by Seun Kuti) for 14 years, Olugbade Okunade, now based in Melbourne, is passionate about staying true to the form of Nigerian Afrobeat. His band, Alárìíyá presents a unique style that draws on funk, juju, highlife and afrobeat and is fast becoming a well …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Sista Zai Zanda

Storyteller, educator, curator and radio presenter Sista Zai Zanda joins us on the Pan African Space Station, LIVE from MUMA in Melbourne from 11-13 April. Zimbabwean born and raised Sista Zai is an active and respected member of the arts and cultural community in Melbourne. Since 2015, she has hosted and curated the Pan Afrikan Poets Café, a pop-up literary event combining beats, performance and poetry by and about African and First Nations’ artists and storytellers.     Sista Zai …  ( continue reading

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