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PASS in Mexico: Champeta Punk

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Champeta Punk will be residents of the Pan African Space Station LIVE from Mexico City from 31 October – 5 November (no broadcast on Wednesday 1 November due to Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead), everyday from 16:00 – 20:00 (CDT). Tune in via www.panafricanspacestation.org.za

Champeta Punk is a party collective based in Mexico City and Bogotá. Started in 2013 by two Colombians living in Mexico City, David Rincon and Fabian Vega, the collective’s research interest is on the legacy of Champeta music.

Their programme, titled K-Z  (Ka-Zeta/Caseta) RADIONÁUTICA, is a tribute to audio and visual culture in Colombian Picó from the ‘70s to the ‘90s. The collective will be in conversation with actors from the champeta scene in both Mexico and Bogota, and will play a selection of music by traditional casetas and picós from the Colombian Caribbean coast.

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PASS in Mexico: Cooperativa Cráter Invertido

Cooperative Cráter Invertido will be residents of the Pan African Space Station LIVE from Mexico City from 25 – 29 October, everyday from 16:00 – 20:00 (CDT). Tune in via www.panafricanspacestation.org.za Cooperativa Cráter Invertido is an imaginary space that often materializes in San Rafael, Mexico City. In this imaginary territory, the cooperative explores various collaborative projects, including the ‘Editorial Production Workshop’, a collective of editorial projects dedicated to the reflection and critical practice of trade and consumerism; and ‘Radio Tropiezo’, a free online …  ( continue reading

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FEMALE EJACULATION WORKSHOP – Live on PASS

(read Spanish version below) with Diana J. Torres aka Pornoterrorista and guests, and with sound manipulations by Constanza Piña THU Oct 19, 21:30 local time Mexico City For centuries medical science has been the enemy of of the body and sexuality of women, silencing anatomic realities and pathologizing everything that doesn’t fit in the phallocratic and heteronormative, binary division of gender roles. This workshop aims at revealing one of the most controversial aspects of vaginas: their ejaculation. And at the …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

From 4 October – 26 November 2017, the Pan African Space Station (PASS)  broadcast LIVE from Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. For 8 weeks, the PASS studio functioned as “ecole du soir” (evening school) – a meeting place, a classroom, and laboratory where different worlds converged. The radio programming explored the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, contemporary South Atlantic exchanges and Afro-Mexican cultures – a public research platform toward a forthcoming edition of the Chimurenga Chronic on these themes. It also served as a …  ( continue reading

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Listen: A Conversation with Prof. Taban Lo Liyong

On Friday 18 August 2017, Chimurenga hosted a public dialogue and recording session with the writer, poet, teacher and revolutionary Taban Lo Liyong.  Taban Lo Liyong (born 1936) is an acclaimed South Sudanese and Ugandan author who works fluidly between poetry, prose and literary criticism. Having obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, USA (1968), where he is a Fellow of the International Writers Workshop, he has taught in universities around the world – from Uganda, Kenya, Papua …  ( continue reading

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Listening to Coltrane Week 2017

I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force, which is truly for good. – John Coltrane (1926-1967) 17 -21 July was Coltrane Week on Pan African Space Station. From 18:00 – 20:00 every evening, we invited listeners to tune into the PASS stream for …  ( continue reading

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‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ Public Lectures

Listen to a selection of thought-provoking public lectures from faculty members of ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’, Session 2 of the RAW Academy at RAW Material Company, Dakar conceived and directed by Chimurenga. “Angazi, but I’m sure” is a common South African phrase simply meaning “I don’t know, but I am sure”. It is a deliberately self-contradictory phrase that is usually spoken in prelude to a reply. The respondent is uncertain – of what they “know”. Or, perhaps, they are certain, but …  ( continue reading

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Jeffery Allen in Conversation with Bongani Kona

On Wednesday 31 May 2017, Chimurenga hosted an intimate dialogue and recording session with special guest Jeffery Renard Allen, facilitated by Bongani Kona. American poet, essayist and novelist Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books, including the widely celebrated novel Song of the Shank (2014), which is a take on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African-American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom. Allen is also the author of …  ( continue reading

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Stories About Music in Africa presents: iKhambi with Nduduzo Makhathini & The Cure Collective

Recorded live at Chimurenga HQ (Cape Town) in April 2017, the eighth installment of Stories About Music in Africa presents Nduduzo Makhathini and The Cure Collective, featuring Makhathini on keyboard, Justin Bellairs on saxophone, Shakeel Cullis on bass and Asher Gamedze on drums. This installment takes it’s name from Makhathini’s latest project ‘iKhambi’, which is a quest for healing through sound. Positive vibration to the universe is at core of Makhathini’s vision for the music and his compositions speak to his …  ( continue reading

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The Legacy of FESTAC ’77: A Sonic Exploration

On 19 May 2017, streamed live as part of Online Radio Festival 2017, the Pan African Space Station presented an hour-long exploration into the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Speaking to Chimurenga‘s ongoing research into the legacy of FESTAC 77, this mix is a historical-critical sonic presentation interrogating issues of place, exile and nationhood, and the confrontations and intersections of ideas on culture, politics and identities. The …  ( continue reading

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