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The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts – 09-11 February 2022

We were proud to present the worldwide premiere of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS from 09­-11 February 2022.

The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa.

For further reading on the production of the play: https://www.wiels.org/en/blog/an-interview-with-christian-nyampeta

Programming consisted of one act per day, preceded by an interview with the writer and director, Christian Nyampeta.

Listen to the interview, and all three acts, below:

[Artwork: landscapes of my childhood remembered by Obi Okigbo]

 

CREDITS
Based on The Trial of Christopher Okigbo, a novel by Ali Mazrui

Written and directed by: Christian Nyampeta

Voiced by: Phindile Dube, Prince Joshua Botongore, Moya Michael, Otobong Nkanga, Obi Okigbo and Mohamed Toukabri

Original musical compositions by: Julien Simbi

Produced by: Sofia Dati and Helena Kritis
Recording by: Johan Vandermaelen
Interns: Nathan Ishar and Sophia Attigui

Writing advisors: Shariffa Ali, Hannah Black, Rahima Gambo, Emmanuel Iduma, and Andros Zins-Browne

Additional sources include More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction by Kodwo Eshun, and Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War: Reframing Gender and Conflict in Africa, edited by Gloria Chuku and Sussie U. Aham-Okoro

Commissioned by Ntone Edjabe at Chimurenga / Pan African Space Station.

Co-commissioned by WIELS Centre for Contemporary Art in the frame of the exhibition “Risquons-Tout”, curated by Dirk Snauwaert, Zoë Gray, Devrim Bayar, Helena Kritis and Sofia Dati in 2020

With the special support of the Flemish Government, Mondriaan Fonds, Africalia and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

With thanks to: Lisa Akinyi May, Mai Abu ELDahab, Laïla Bouquet, Eric Cyuzuzo, Benoit De Wael, Mariama Errami, Elisabeth Severino Fernandes, Mwanza Goutier, Zen Jefferson, Emma Kamau, Lissa Kinnaer, Nicole Bongo Letuppe, Adams Mensah, Fleur Pozzi, Kristin Rogghe, Anjalika Sagar, Oussama Tabti, Cees Vossen, Mary Wang and Xiaoyu Weng.

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 3 [VERDICT] – 11 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 3 [Verdict] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 11­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Agora by Obi Okigbo (as part of …  ( continue reading

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 2 [TRIAL] – 10 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 2 [Trial] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 10­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Clearing by Obi Okigbo (as part …  ( continue reading

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THE AFRICANS – ACT 1 [ARRIVAL] – 09 FEBRUARY, 6PM

We present ACT 1 [Arrival] of The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts by Christian Nyampeta – live on PASS 09­ February 2022, 6pm. The Africans, A Radio Play in Three Acts, is an adaptation of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and writer Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). With it, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”, portraying a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism in After Africa. [Artwork: The Shrine by …  ( continue reading

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THE BROTHER MOVES ON RETURNS – 06 NOVEMBER 2021

Chimurenga is pleased to announce the return of The Brother Moves On to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town). Saturday, 06 November 2021 Doors open from 6:30pm, with limited capacity. 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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ALL DAY PHAROAH

On his 81st, we celebrate Pharoah Sanders, ALL DAY! Tune in…  ( continue reading

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PASS presents: Salim Washington, Dalisu Ndlazi, Asher Gamedze in conversation

Pan African Space Station presents the latest edition of Stories About Music in Africa, a musical conversation between Salim Washington (saxophone/flute), Dalisu Ndlazi (upright bass) and Asher Gamedze (drums). This session was recorded live at the Chimurenga Factory in June 2021. Watch/listen to other episodes from the Stories About Music in Africa series.  ( continue reading

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ARKOLOGY – a tribute to the many incarnations of Lee “Scratch” Perry

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HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS

“Home is where the music is” is drawn from Keorapetse Kgositsile’s poem “For Hughie Masekela”, dedicated to the South African trumpeter, composer and bandleader. The poem ends with the lines, “This then is the rhythm / and the blues of it / Home is where the music is”. The poem was published in the 1974 collection, The Present Is A Dangerous Place To Live, however it was presented to Masekela earlier. Bra Hugh then recorded a double album titled Home …  ( continue reading

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Chimurenga presents Of Wounds, of Hands – a word/sound documentary – 08 July 2021

Chimurenga presents Of Wounds, of Hands – a word/sound documentary by the Insurrections Ensemble, with an introduction by Ari Sitas – live on PASS, 08 July 2021, 6pm. During the Spring of 1941, Suzanne Roussi, Aimé Césaire and Rene Menil hosted a walk in the Absalon forest in Martinique, with many of the “degenerate” artists from Europe who’d made it out on the last ship from Marseilles escaping Nazi power. There were Wilfredo Lam, Andre Breton, Andre Masson, Anna Seghers, …  ( continue reading

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