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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.

QAMATA PULA — an ancestral invocation

iPhupho L’ka Biko and Pan African Space Station present QAMATA PULA, an ancestral invocation collapsing past, present and future, over three days at the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town).

 

iMbewu / Seeds – Thursday, 3rd December

The many ancestors and living ones who preceded us planted seeds that allow us to dream different dreams. We pay tribute to the likes of Miriam Makeba, Madala Kunene, Busi Mhlongo, Stimela, Kutu and others who created condtions for us to become and overcome

 

iNhlabathi / Soil – Friday, 4th December

Because the past and present are always in conversation, we understand that we come from a lineage that demands from us responsibility. Joined by Cape Town-based artists, we interpret and share Biko’s dream,

 

uMthimkhulu / Tree – Saturday, 5th December

Here is a tree rooted in Afrikan soil. It belongs to us, and those who come after us. On this sonic journey to our desired and foreseen future, we share with you the divine nectar of the tree’s fruit.

 

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A Tribute to Don Cherry’s Organic Music Society (1967 – 1978)

Join us on the Day of the Don, as we select from Don Cherry’s mighty music catalogue. Live on PASS, from 3pm – 9pm (central african time) on 18 November.  ( continue reading

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12TH ANNUAL ABDULLAH IBRAHIM FESTIVAL – LIVE ON PASS

Join us for the 12th Annual Abdullah Ibrahim Festival. Live on PASS, for 24hours from 12pm (central african time) on 09 October 2020.  ( continue reading

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LIVE ON PASS – BASEMENTAL PLATFORM – AN AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

Tune into PASS at 6pm (Central Afrikan Time), 01 October 2020, for an audio documentary on Joburg hip-hop supergroup Basemental Platform – self-described as “the number-one-volunteer-to-be-a-terrorist-army of soldiers who carry a world of hate on their mighty shoulders.”  ( continue reading

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FESTAC ’77, a mixtape by Chimurenga

Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of pan African cultural-political gatherings. In this mix, we decompose, an-arrange and reproduce the sound-world of FESTAC ’77 to address the …  ( continue reading

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RA MAVA – CONTINENTAL MATTERS – 28 JULY

Ra Mava presents CONTINENTAL MATTERS – a journey from South Africa to Ghana through conversation and music. Coming at you live on PASS from 4pm (Central Afrikan Time).  ( continue reading

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DOUALA SERENADE – a 24-hour tribute to Manu Dibango | 26 June 2020

From 6pm (Central African Time) this Friday, 26 June 2020, PASS presented “Douala Serenade”, a 24 hour wake for our departed father. A tribute to the generous genius always forward-movement of the great Manu Dibango, Sango ‘a mboa. All music written, arranged, produced, performed by Manu, plus interviews and stories from Jihan El Tahri, Bintou Simpore, Steve Gordon, Simon Njami, Dread Amala, Rhoda Isaacs, Pascale Obolo, Amandine Nana, Funsho Ogundipe, Lionel Manga, Rashid Lombard, Hilaire Akollo, Samuel Nja Kwa, Tania …  ( continue reading

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ELECTRONIC AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, NOT ONLY A WESTERN HISTORY with C-DRIK

    Artist, musician, DJ, singer and composer, C-DRIK (Cedrik Fermont) presented ELECTRONIC AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, NOT ONLY A WESTERN HISTORY – a live radio broadcast on PASS. In this sonic lecture, C-DRIK reshaped, rewrote and decolonised the history of experimental, electronic and noise music from Africa and Asia. Listen to the lecture here:  ( continue reading

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IMAM X – Yout In Exile | Friday 6 Dec

Tomorrow evening (Fri 6 Dec) from 7pm, we are joined by IMAM X aka Khalid Shamis for ‘Yout in Exile’ – a live radio broadcast on PASS. This session delves into music archives from his teenage years in the early 90s in London – Shut up and Dance, Voodoo Ray, Rufus and Chaka Khan, acid, acid jazz, boogie, early UK hip hop – amongst many other grooves, gems and delights. This broadcast will mark and celebrate the end of his on-going seminar …  ( continue reading

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Monday Blues for Sandile Dikeni (1966-2019)

  Friends – please join us in celebrating the life and work of our dearly departed brother and comrade, the poet, journalist and griot of liberation struggles past and present, Sandile Dikeni (1966-2019). Monday 18 Nov, from 7pm: Monday Blues at Chimurenga (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town) Thursday 21 Nov, 5,30 till 7pm: Memorial Service and poetry at St Georges Cathedral (5 Wale st, Cape Town) The family funeral will happen on Saturday 23 November.   Hamba kahle, Sandile.  ( continue reading

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