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LIBERATION MUSIC AT THE CHIMURENGA FACTORY – OCTOBER 2022

We are proud to present two ensemble performances at the Chimurenga Factory this October – Tumi Mogorosi’s Group Theory:Black Music and Malcolm Jiyane’s Tree-O.

Group Theory:Black Music is the latest contribution from drummer Tumi Mogorosi. It continues the exploration into South Africa’s longstanding chorale tradition from Mogorosi’s debut album Project Elo. Mogorosi is joined by vocalist Themba Maseko, who directs the voices of Busisiwe Phetoe, Forunate Jwara and Brenda Thulo, as well as Andile Yenana (piano), Reza Khota (guitar), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax) and Tumi Pheko (trumpet).

Multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Jiyane’s Tree-O continues the sonic tradition set by two of his mentors, Johnny Mekoa and Jonas Gwangwa. His debut album, Umdali, was released in 2021. He will be accompanied by Lungile Kunene (drums), Gontse Makhene (percussion), Nkosinathi Mthunjwa (keys), Ayanda Zalekile (bass).

 

Performances as follows:
TUMI MOGOROSI’S GROUP THEORY:BLACK MUSIC
[This event is produced in collaboration with Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC)]

Saturday, 22 October 2022 – Doors open 7pm
R200 pre-booked at https://qkt.io/EmEtTz
R250 at the door


MALCOLM JIYANE’S TREE-O

Friday, 28 October 2022 – Doors open 7pm
R160 pre-booked at https://qkt.io/wMzl7w
R220 at the door

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we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming (Listening Session #2) – live on PASS – 06 Oct 2022 from 8:30pm

[Sketch by Myriam Pruvot courtesy of archive of Yasmina Reggad] With ‘Listening Session #2’, Yasmina Reggad extends an invitation to historian, researcher and performer Saphia Arezki (Marseille, France) to dive together into her sound archive gathered during the artist’ long-term research we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming, that investigates the liberation movements’ broadcasts aired by the Algerian National Broadcasting Company (RTA) in the 60s and 70s. Drawing on her previous polyglot and polyphonic sonic productions that echoed …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO

Liberation Radio is an ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds, and long-term research on broadcasting and cultural initiatives by liberation movements across the continent. Our research focuses on the city-studios of Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, the so-called revolutionary capitals which hosted and generated this production through their own national broadcasting infrastructure. Through this study we would to map the circulation of ideas through these places, amidst regime changes and the shifty …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 14 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps us demarcate from what is customarily called “protest music” – which, at times, may be …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 13 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

[The mighty band Afro 70 in performance in Dar es Salaam, 1970s]   2pm – Liberation Dance: Toyi-Toyi & Struggle Songs An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps us demarcate from what is …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 12 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

[The opening ceremony at the 6th Pan African Congress held in Dar es Salaam, 1974] 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 11 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

FRELIMO President Dr. Mondlane addressing a public meeting in Kawe near Dar es Salaam.   Day two of our Liberation Radio: Dar es Salaam  broadcast, live from TPH Bookshop: 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 10 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

t The scene outside the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Conference opening ceremony at Cairo University Today we open our Liberation Radio: Dar es Salaam sessions: 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or …  ( continue reading

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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 …  ( 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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