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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 customarily called “protest music” – which, at times, may be used to silence protest, or, as our comrade Harmony Holiday sweetly put it, “harmonise with the state”.

4pm – Afro 70
A musical composition in song and in people, Afro 70 whose members form a harmonious collective of southern Africa and Tanzanian song. Apart from generating an afrique salon of sound Afro 70 aligned their movements consciously, choosing political lyrics which display strong anti-colonial sentiment. Whilst the band members moved in an underground of their own, paving connections between music and political agenda.

5pm – Radio USARF: Youth Politics
In a riveting extension of the conversation of Dar’s political atmosphere in and before the time of ‘independence’. We delve into youth resistance, the students on the hill and anti-colonial rebellion with the University Students’ African Revolutionary Front (USARF).

7pm – Rebecca Corey & Guests
Reversing technology and taking us back, Rebecca brings her reel-to-reel into studio providing a unique sonic experience. Both for our ears and our minds with a touch on the music history in Dar and the oh so many facets it encumbered in conversation with musician and producer John Kitime.

[live crossover to Freies Radio (Kassel, Germany) from 4pm to 7pm CET]

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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

We’re proud to present a new 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 land 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 …  ( 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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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

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: 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*

Selected by Ntone Edjabe Sarah Maldoror and film crew on the set of The Battle of Algiers (1966) 01. ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, Monangambéee, 1969 (Short film)  Monangambéee extract – Art Ensemble of Chicago In the film, which marks Art Ensemble’s first appearance on record, they improvise in the space between the minimalist dialogue. The music was never released, though some of the themes would reappear on their debut LP titled People in Sorrow (1969). It was also Maldoror’s first …  ( continue reading

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