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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 sudden death in an apparent car accident on the desert road from Namibe to the port of Tombwa, in September 1987.

It is now thought that the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the secret services of apartheid South Africa were behind his death. Links were found between Prof. Augusto’s death and operations by the NIS to camouflage South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme.

Angolan composer and sound artist Victor Gama was able to obtain and analyse Augusto Zita’s partially recovered notes.

This solo multimedia piece, performed on two of Gama’s unique instruments, the acrux and toha, is a small part of a recovery project on Augusto Zita N’Gonguenho that Gama has been working on since 2006.

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Victor Gama is a composer, performer, designer of innovative musical instruments and researcher. His instrument design theory draws on traditional Angolan instruments technology and knowledge systems combined with cutting edge digital technologies.

Since 1997 Gama has produced projects in his home country, Angola, including Tsikaya, the first digital music archive in the interior of the country and Odantalan (2002), an international musical exchange and residency in Luanda that included musicians from Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Angola and Portugal. His compositions include Rio Cunene for the Kronos Quartet at the Carnegie Hall (2010) and his multimedia piece Vela 6911, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ MusicNOW (2012). Gama’s multimedia opera 3 thousand RIVERS unveiled new adventurous directions for an opera of the South with field work in the rain forests of the Amazon.

His debut album Pangeia Instrumentos launched by Aphex Twin on Rephlex Records (2003) propelled Gama to the international arena with works for the series of self-designed musical instruments the acrux and toha.

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This project is supported with an ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and INSTRMNTS (www.instrmnts.com).

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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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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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