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The Music Mind of Greg Tate: Sonic Syllabus for a Patternmaster

We were honoured to present a 5-hour music selection in Greg Tate’s memory on his arrival day – 14 October – live on the Pan African Space Station. The music was lovingly selected by DJ Lynnée Denise, Elisa Blount Moorhead, and dream hampton, who collectively spent hours, days, and years processing, listening, describing, and testifying about music with him. The mix is assembled and introduced by DJ Lynnée Denise.

DJ Lynnée Denise
Greg Tate was a jazz historian, a scholar of visual culture, a Black rock professor, and a master of memorial writing. The first time we spoke, we spent three hours discussing P-funk, Bjork, and Hendrix with the Band of Gypsies. By the end, we had reflected on the musical lifeworlds of Prince, Betty Davis, Dayton funk, and the blues. Tate had a DJ’s ear. More than that, he had the gift of showing attention, respect, and engagement with me as a peer, and as such, he put confidence under my wings as an artist, and he had incredibly impactful and tender exchanges with Elissa and Dream over the decades. Throughout his life, he stayed here, stayed listening, with many of us for many days, months, and years.

Elissa Blount Moorhead
He sometimes called me the  “patternmaster,”  suggesting that I had a gift of community-making through telepathy, as Octavia Butler vividly described. I scoffed at that suggestion. We all know it was just a projection. He was quietly the patternist and maybe even the whole damn pattern. He stayed singing the praises of everyone he loved and respected and ensured they all knew each other and shared thoughts and work.

dream hampton offered a five-song medley that describes the sound of her midwest kinship with Greg Tate when it was situated in Harlem, New York.

Complete liner notes for the mix are available at www.djlynneedenise.com.

Listen to the mix here:

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we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming (Listening Session #2) – live on PASS – 06 Oct 2022 from 8:30pm

[Sketch by Myriam Pruvot courtesy of archive of Yasmina Reggad] With ‘Listening Session #2’, Yasmina Reggad extends an invitation to historian, researcher and performer Saphia Arezki (Marseille, France) to dive together into her sound archive gathered during the artist’ long-term research we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming, that investigates the liberation movements’ broadcasts aired by the Algerian National Broadcasting Company (RTA) in the 60s and 70s. Drawing on her previous polyglot and polyphonic sonic productions that echoed …  ( continue reading

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Euredice Zaituna Kala’s JE SUIS L’ARCHIVE / I, THE ARCHIVE – live on PASS – 13 Sep 2022 from 6pm

Euridice Zaituna Kala is the archive. The archive is entangled in the pores of her skin, the folds of her memory and her recollections of meetings, texts and journeys. A  word/sound piece by Euridice Zaituna Kala – live on PASS, Tuesday, 13 September 2022, 6pm.  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 14 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps us demarcate from what is customarily called “protest music” – which, at times, may be …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 13 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

[The mighty band Afro 70 in performance in Dar es Salaam, 1970s]   2pm – Liberation Dance: Toyi-Toyi & Struggle Songs An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps us demarcate from what is …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 12 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

[The opening ceremony at the 6th Pan African Congress held in Dar es Salaam, 1974] 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 11 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

FRELIMO President Dr. Mondlane addressing a public meeting in Kawe near Dar es Salaam.   Day two of our Liberation Radio: Dar es Salaam  broadcast, live from TPH Bookshop: 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 10 AUGUST 2022 from 2pm

t The scene outside the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Conference opening ceremony at Cairo University Today we open our Liberation Radio: Dar es Salaam sessions: 2pm – Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 10th-14th August 2022

From 10 – 14 August 2022, we presented another edition of “Liberation Radio”, an ongoing research conducted primarily through broadcasting practice, on cultural initiatives by and through liberation movements operating in the city-studios of Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more. After Cairo and Harare, we landed the Pan African Space Station (PASS) in Dar es Salaam to listen on themes such as the radical history of the University of Dar es Salaam – including Rodney-mentored study …  ( continue reading

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SOUNDGARDEN – a live reading for Bessie Head’s 85th

On 13 July 2022, Ilze Wolff curated a live reading, in celebration of Bessie Head’s 85th. With readings by Jess Myers, Wame Molefhe, Michelle Renyé, Moses Serubiri, Mmakhotso Lamola, Nombuso Mathibela and Hitomi Yokoyama. Listen back to the session below: With thanks to Bessie Head Trust, Khama III Memorial Museum  ( continue reading

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