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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 18 March 2022 – 3pm: Fugitive Archives

In the final broadcast, we discuss methods of recovering, curating, re-presenting and conserving black collective and fugitive practice. With Uhuru Phalafala, Sinazo Mtshemla, Lerato Kuzwayo, Kgomotso Ramushu.


Dr Uhuru Phalafala is a scholar, an artist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She is author of the upcoming monograph on Keorapetse Kgositsile titled Black Radical Traditions from the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement. She heads a project that repatriates and republishes apartheid-era cultural production.

Sinazo Mtshemla is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Fort Harre. Her work explores ways of the examining the archive with sound as a mode of writing history.

Lerato Kuzwayo is the co-founder of the Capital Arts Revolution, an organisation whose stated aim is “to make arts available to people from all walks of life”.

Kgomotso Ramushu is a writer, researcher, media strategist, project co-ordinator and the Artistic Director at Swart Gevaar Productions

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 17 March 2022 – 3pm: Visual Arts and Liberation Music

We move from visual representations of the music (LP-art, posters, photographs) to cross-disciplinary (or an-disciplined) work by artists operating across media. With Percy Mabandu, Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa, Judy Seidman and Athi Mongezeleli Joja. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, a monograph that studies the history and impact of the landmark South African jazz album. Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa has played a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 16 March 2022 – 3pm: Liberation Movement as Cultural Producers

Today’s session explores the legacies of PAC’s Mafube Arts Commune and band; ANC’s Amandla Cultural Ensemble and MEDU Art Ensemble, as well as outfits such as Malopoets and Dashiki, which were associated with BCM. With historians of these projects such as Gwen Ansell, Percy Mabandu, Ali Hlongwane and Steve Dyer. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15 March 2022 – 3pm: South African Liberation Songs

In our opening session we present a conversation between contemporary musicians who actively draw on the archive to directly inform their music and artist practice, along with audio pieces from each participant. With: Neo Muyanga, Asher Gamedze, Masello Montana and Nhlanhla Ngqaqu (iPhupho L’ka Biko). Neo Muyanga is a composer, theorist and activist who is engaged in a multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

Liberation Radio is a new monthly program on the Pan African Space Station (PASS). It is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, …  ( continue reading

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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 …  ( continue reading

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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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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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