Pass Blog

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 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 Address. He is currently touring and continuing to record albums with Mixed Relations, now known as The Bart Willoughby Band.

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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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PASS in Melbourne: Lady Lash

Vocalist and rapper Lady Lash, joins us on the Pan African Space Station LIVE from MUMA in Melbourne for a live performance on Friday 12 April from 17:00 – 18:00 (AEST). Hip hop and jazz singer Crystal Clyne Mastosavvas, most commonly known as Lady Lash, is quickly becoming one of the most prolific songwriters and performers in Australia. Experimenting with different musical styles, interwoven with powerful spiritual storytelling, Lady Lash’s sound is one that speaks to many. Here latest single Yadu, …  ( continue reading

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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 …  ( continue reading

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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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