Liberation Radio

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 allegiances of the Cold War and Sino-Soviet conflict, as well as the nodes beyond the continent such as Delhi, Havana, East-Berlin, Moscow, and of course, the surveillance centres of the West.

See previous interventions, enquiries and questions below:

PASS landing in Cairo:
In 2017, PASS in Cairo became an improvisational platform for research and deeper explorations into imagined and imaginary borders, featuring live readings, performances and conversations with Chimurenga collaborators in the city. Read more…

Qamata Pula – iPhupho L’ka Biko live at the Chimurenga Factory:
iPhupho L’ka Biko presented QAMATA PULA, an ancestral invocation collapsing past, present and future, over three days at the Chimurenga Factory. Read more…

Radio MAC:
Radio MAC is a reimagining of the radio organ of the Anti Colonialist Movement (MAC) founded by students and revolutionaries in 1957 in Paris, in collaboration with Neto, Cabral and other nationalists in Lisbon. Read more…

Liberation Radio – Cape Town:
A new monthly program on the Pan African Space Station (PASS). This edition, live from our Cape Town studio from 15 – 18 March 2022, examined the role of South African liberation movements as cultural producers, particularly in the realm of sound and music, both at home and in exile. Read more…

La Discothèque de Sarah Maldoror:
Selections by Ntone Edjabe on the role of music in the work of filmmaker Sarah Maldoror. Read more…

iPhupho L’ka Biko live at the Chimurenga Factory:
iPhupho L’ka Biko returned to present their sound which draws on tradition, spiritual sounds, jazz and improvisation, with the politics of the day. Read more…

Dialectic Soul:
Performance by Asher Gamedze led quintet, which blends free-jazz excursions with South African protest music. Read more…

Pungwe 1:
Robert Machiri presents a mix that brings together speech, music and struggle song from various operators of the liberation struggle, across countries and movements. Read more…

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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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DIALECTIC SOUL – live at the Chimurenga Factory

withAsher GamedzeThembinkosi MavimbelaRobin FassieBuddy WellsNono Nkoane live at Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town)Friday, 08 April 2022Doors open at 7pm R120 presale (bookings here)R150 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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iPHUPHO L’KA BIKO – live at the Chimurenga Factory

Pan African Space Station is pleased to announce the return of iPhupho L’ka Biko to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town). Thursday, 31 March 2022 Doors open from 7pm, with limited capacity. R150 presale (bookings here) R180 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 18 March 2022 – 3pm: Fugitive Archives

In the final broadcast, we discuss methods of recovering, curating, re-presenting and conserving black collective and fugitive practice. With Uhuru Phalafala, Sinazo Mtshemla, Lerato Kuzwayo, Kgomotso Ramushu. Dr Uhuru Phalafala is a scholar, an artist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She is author of the upcoming monograph on Keorapetse Kgositsile titled Black Radical Traditions from the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement. She heads a project that repatriates and republishes apartheid-era cultural production. Sinazo Mtshemla is a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 17 March 2022 – 3pm: Visual Arts and Liberation Music

We move from visual representations of the music (LP-art, posters, photographs) to cross-disciplinary (or an-disciplined) work by artists operating across media. With Percy Mabandu, Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa, Judy Seidman and Athi Mongezeleli Joja. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, a monograph that studies the history and impact of the landmark South African jazz album. Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa has played a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 16 March 2022 – 3pm: Liberation Movement as Cultural Producers

Today’s session explores the legacies of PAC’s Mafube Arts Commune and band; ANC’s Amandla Cultural Ensemble and MEDU Art Ensemble, as well as outfits such as Malopoets and Dashiki, which were associated with BCM. With historians of these projects such as Gwen Ansell, Percy Mabandu, Ali Hlongwane and Steve Dyer. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15 March 2022 – 3pm: South African Liberation Songs

In our opening session we present a conversation between contemporary musicians who actively draw on the archive to directly inform their music and artist practice, along with audio pieces from each participant. With: Neo Muyanga, Asher Gamedze, Masello Montana and Nhlanhla Ngqaqu (iPhupho L’ka Biko). Neo Muyanga is a composer, theorist and activist who is engaged in a multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

Liberation Radio is a new monthly program on the Pan African Space Station (PASS). It is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, …  ( continue reading

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