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The launch of ‘Sankomota: An Ode in One Album’ – Friday 31 May

Please join us for the book launch of ‘Sankomota: An Ode in One Album’, happening next Friday 31 May at Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town) from 5:30pm.

The session will be led by Sabelo Mcinziba in conversation with the author Phehello Mofokeng.

 

 

 

“Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay” is the result of many years of research and obsession about the music and band of Sankomota. The book is a slim offering that offers insights into the first album ever recorded in Lesotho, ‘Sankomota’ by the band Sankomota. Recorded in 1983, this album became an instant classic.

Through his interwoven narrative that goes from pseudo-scholarship to delineation of Sankomota’s intense use of language, Mofokeng’s essay touches on mythology, performance, language and politics of this important band that was at the frontier of anti-apartheid and freedom music. Mofokeng attempts to paint a broad image of the musical landscape of the time and unveil the musical obsessions of Sankomota. By the author’s admission, “this book is not definitive, but it is a worthwhile addition to the body of literature and to an ethno-musical understanding of SA’s musical history.”

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PASS presents tectonik:TOMBWA – A solo performance by Victor Gama

  Pan African Space Station presents tectonik:TOMBWA – a solo performance by composer and instrument designer Victor Gama on Wednesday 15 May from 8pm. Where: Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town) Tickets: R100 at the door from 7pm tectonik:TOMBWA In 1983, Angolan anthropologist Augusto Zita N’Gonguenho initiated a research project in the southwest coast of Angola using both scientific and non-western methods such as divinatory practices that stemmed from Angolan knowledge systems. Unfortunately Augusto Zita’s research was interrupted by his …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at MUMA, Melbourne

From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station landed in the stolen and occupied land of the Boonwurrung (of the Kulin nation), in what is known today as Australia. Invited by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge, PASS explored “Black Australia” historical and current connections to pan Africanism and their participation in FESTAC ’77 – the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which took place in Lagos in …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Saturday 13 April

Last day of PASS in Melbourne, broadcasting live from Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). 12:00 – 14:00 Chimurenga FESTAC77 Archive 14:00 – 15:00 Sista Zai presents ‘Black Girl Magic’ 15:00 – 17:00 Stani Goma presents ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’ with Jason Tamiru, featuring special guest Bart Willoughby    ( continue reading

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PASS in Melbourne: Friday 12 April

Day 2 of PASS in Melbourne, broadcasting live from Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) 15:00 – 17:00  Chimurenga FESTAC77 archive 17:00 -18:00 MC Lady Lash 18:00 -19:00 Her Africa is Real (H.A.I.R) – Sista Zai and Naomi Velaphi present ‘Afropodes: what is a contemporary African archive in Australia?’ 19:00 – 20:00 Stani Goma with Jason Tamiru present ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’  ( 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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