Passcasts 2009

Toumani Diabate – LIVE at Slave Church, Cape Town (2009)

Listen to Toumani Diabate, recorded live at Slave Church, Cape Town in 2009.

Bringing Mandinka history lessons that chart 700+ years., 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.

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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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Bheki Khoza Interview

Composer and director Bheki Khoza, trombone player Siya Makuzeni & Stacy Hardy talk War Chorale, a chorale work based on a novella by pioneering Chilean academic, visionary, writer and revolutionary Fernando Alegría that premiered at PASS 2009.  ( continue reading

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Real Rozzano

Digging in the Rozzano’s crates (6 Oct 2009) [display_podcast] 1) god made me funky – headhunters 2) ashley’s roachclip – soul searchers 3) scorpio 4) funky drummer – james brown 5) hicky brrr – bill cosby 6) blues 4 me – mel brown 7) black cow – 8 ) love tko – teddy pendergrass 9) easin in – ojayz 10) what i feel – pacific express 11) madelaine – toni schilder 12) sakhile – sakhile 13) manasse – caiphus semenya …  ( continue reading

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DJ Andy Williams – The Final Aftermath

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Culture Musical Club live

Culture Musical Club live @ Slave Church [display_podcast] WHERE/ WHEN: Slave Church (Sat Oct 3, from 7pm) 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 …  ( continue reading

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble live

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble live @ Guga S’thebe [display_podcast] With: GABRIEL HUBERT/HUDAH (trumpet); SAIPH GRAVES/CID (trombone); TYCHO COHRAN/LT (sousaphone); AMAL HUBERT/BAJI (trumpet); JAFAR GRAVES/YOSH (trumpet); SEBA GRAVES/CLEF (trombone); TARIK GRAVES/SMOOV (trumpet); UTTAMA HUBERT/ROCCO (euphonium) WHERE/ WHEN: Guga S’thebe (Sat Oct 3, from 12pm) The nine members of HBE, eight brothers and a cousin, come from an extraordinary musical family. All sisters, brothers and mothers are professional musicians, and Philip Cohran, their father, has roots running back to Mississippi, his time in …  ( continue reading

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Toumani Diabate live

Toumani Diabate live @ St George’s Cathedral [display_podcast] WHERE/ WHEN: St George’s Cathedral (Fri Oct 2, from 7pm) Kora maestro Toumani Diabate mediates traditions inherited from Mali’s ancient Mande Empire through globetrotting jazz, blues and electro frequencies. A lifelong Bamako resident, Diabat? 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 …  ( continue reading

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Barry van Zyl & Baboti live

Barry van Zyl & Baboti live @ Centre For The Book [display_podcast] WHERE/ WHEN: Centre for the Book (Fri Oct 2, from 9pm); Centre for the Book (Sat Oct 3, from 9pm) While everybody’s busy moving about, Cape Town based scientist Barry Van Zyl is perched on a drumkit stool, counting bars and cymbal crashes. He started playing drums as a 10-year-old accompanist to his father, a pianist. Since then he’s graduated from the Musicians Institute of Technology, Hollywood, California. …  ( continue reading

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