Netsayi & Black Pressure live at Slave Church

The PASS arkives (re)awaken with a performance from Netsayi and her Black Pressure band. Doreen Gaura takes us back:

Just a little over 10 minutes into the show, she removed her high heeled shoes and jokingly feigned regret for the action as she apologised to the audience, suggesting that she’d only worn them for our sake. It was at that moment that I realised that I was in the presence of spirit and realness and I was in for a great night. Zimbabwean electro – folk band Netsayi & Black Pressure, graced Cape Town with their electro-meets-traditional energy when they performed at the Slave Church on October 5th, 2012 and I had the pleasure of attending their gig. I am generally not the most punctual of humans and that night was no exception as I arrived just as the show was about to start and my waiting friends and I had to hustle for some seats in the gallery as all the ones downstairs were already occupied. This little bit of misfortune later turned into a blessing as my positioning at the far right end of the back row of the gallery made it possible for me to jive away to the band’s more jivable tunes without really disturbing everyone else who chose to remain seated for some weird reason. After all, it wasn’t that kind of party.

The band’s presentation of their individual and collective gifts and offerings was very memorable; from Ray’s tenor/soprano marimba and bass vocal awesomeness to Matthew’s mad skills on the baritone marimba and electric guitar to Ngoni’s badassery on the ngoma and drums to Netsayi herself’s captivating voice. Their performance also featured South African trombonist and singer, Siya Makuzeni, whose beautiful voice added a Xhosa flavour to the mostly Shona and English set. Through their music, Netsayi & Black Pressure comment on various realities, issues, joys and struggles in people’s everyday lives, mostly Zimbabwean people, both in Zimbabwe and in the Zimbabwean diaspora. A natural conversationalist, Netsayi kept the performance interactive by regularly engaging with the audience between songs and encouraging them to interact with her, using her dry sense of humour as a tool to do so.


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Soul Housing Project at PASS 2010

In PASS’s third year of transmission, Soul Housing Project joined us. Listen back to a track on the video below. Before we broadcast their 2014 live styles just now, we asked SHP’s frontman, Sakhile Moleshe, to recall then: “It was almost the beginning of winter and we were just starting to feel that anxiety that winter brings for musicians in this city. Cold, wet and windy emotions bouncing back and forth like torrents of liquefied furnace fires fueled the blaze …  ( continue reading

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Thath’i Cover Okestra LIVE at Guga S’thebe

“The second installment of Thath’i Cover Okestra with the Pan African Space Station was, like it’s Johannesburg predecessor: a day-time concert, and in the same way, a child, woman and man family affair. The sound that came out of Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa, Cape Town was now-now, an old-school kwaito of the future. What I saw and certainly experienced was an open, inter-generational classroom ruled by boogieing and screaming teacher-learners of all shade and size.” – Ra, Rangoato …  ( continue reading

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The Ethan Smith Quartet

The Ethan Smith Quartet‘s end their residency at Tagore’s with another exuberant set of original compositions influenced by jazz and the traditional music of South Africa, the middle and far East. As always the band feature Ethan Smith on saxophones and flute, Kyle Shepherd on the piano, Claude Cozens on drums and Brydon Bolton on the bass. –  ( continue reading

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Culture Musical Club interview

Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, CMC is Zanzibar’s most prolific and successful taarab orchestra. The club performs widely at concerts in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, but also frequently takes its music to the rural areas. Their international tours and CD-releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world so that rehearsals in their clubhouse have become …  ( continue reading

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Toumani Diabate interview

Kora maestro Toumani Diabate in conversation at PASS 2009. Diabate mediates traditions inherited from Mali’s ancient Mande Empire through globetrotting jazz, blues and electro frequencies. A lifelong Bamako resident, Diabate rose to global acclaim almost 20 years ago when he recorded the world’s first solo kora album Kaira. Since then his career has been characterised by a fierce refusal to erect a line between an ancient locality and a modern cosmopolis.  ( continue reading

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DIPALO a mixtape for those who practice counting

Composed, arranged and performed by Neo Muyanga, this audio cd supplement is part of the Chimurenga Chronicle, a speculative newspaper which is issue 16 of Chimurenga. [display_podcast] Tracklist: a) 1+1= (a re-composition of a 5000-year-old offering to Lord Ganesha, the Hindu deity, an opener of sorts) b) 4:7 (heaven’s on the ocean is a proportional refrain on reaching nirvana, the 7th grade, via the mundane material world) c) 3sin= rθ (sino projection technology theme) d) 3(x)n (illegal border crossing and …  ( continue reading

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Ethan Smith Quartet live on Pass at Tagore’s

The Thrill on Trill. Ethan on Sax & Flutes; Kyle Shepherd on Keys; Brydon Bolton on Bass and Claude Cozens on Drums  ( continue reading

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the Lwanda Gogwana song

Eastern Cape born trumpeter, Lwanda Gogwana and his quartet are back with more multi-layered melodic-free grooves that weave cool bluesy intonations and a funky bop attitude through some edgier idioms. Tonight they’re playing funkity jazz original compositions and jazz standards off The Lwanda Gogwana Songbook Chapter 1. In the mean time, listen in on a previous set here.  ( continue reading

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Limbe Live

From the Hotel…the royal one they have in Camaroon… [display_podcast]  ( continue reading

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