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‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ Public Lectures

Listen to a selection of thought-provoking public lectures from faculty members of ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’, Session 2 of the RAW Academy at RAW Material Company, Dakar conceived and directed by Chimurenga.

“Angazi, but I’m sure” is a common South African phrase simply meaning “I don’t know, but I am sure”. It is a deliberately self-contradictory phrase that is usually spoken in prelude to a reply. The respondent is uncertain – of what they “know”. Or, perhaps, they are certain, but they do not know how to speak it. Or, they know, but do not know what they know. Exploring new sets of questions, which require their own set of tools; ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ imagined new practices and methodologies that allow us to engage the lines of flight, of fragility, the precariousness, as well as joy and creativity and beauty that define the contemporary African moment.

‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’ is Chimurenga in collaboration with Yemisi AribisalaNeo MuyangaJean-Pierre BekoloIbou FallDominique MalaquaisJihan el TahriKodwo EshunClapperton MavhungaPhilippe RekacewiczFelwine SarrLionel Manga, Victor Gama, Laila Soliman and more.

 

 

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live in Amsterdam from the OBA Central Library. PASS is an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community, featuring collaborations with artists and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; prompting us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Listen to Kodwo Eshun further entangling our imaginations with ‘Music of Resilience’, recorded on day two of the intervention. For more from …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at OBA Central Library, Amsterdam

From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed in Amsterdam, transmitting live from the OBA Central Library.  The PASS live studio featured a 5-day programme as an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community; as a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive. Programmed and performed by Chimurenga, PASS in Amsterdam featured collaborations with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt …  ( continue reading

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Friday 13 November Runnings

Africa is a Country are in studio to get the weekend started with “Block The Road: The Sound of Afrosoca,” an exploration of the recent explosion of cross-Atlantic exchange between Caribbean and African musicians, with Rum N’ Lime Radio co-hosts – Queens-based writer and academic Rishi Nath, and DJ, producer, and Trinidadian Soca ambassador DLife. Next, composer and musician and a co-curator of the Pan African Space Station, Neo Muyanga is back with more Revolting Tunes that engage black music …  ( continue reading

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Thursday 12 November runnings

Day two of the PASS Pop-up in NYC opens with Chimurenga Library resident, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday at 3pm. She presents words and sounds from her Astro/Afrosonics Archive, a collection of Jazz Poetics and audio culture. In her own words: “Since the 1950s, jazz music and the literary imagination have been inextricably linked, producing transcendent recordings and written work and many hybrids of the two – a new sonics, an AntiqueFuturism – From Langston Hughes and Kenneth Rexroth and …  ( continue reading

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PASS pop-up at Performa 15 Hub in New York

Through next week, we’ll occupy the Performa 15 Hub in New York with the Chimurenga Library. This multi-tiered programming platform takes the form of a library-of-people, bringing together a broad spectrum of collaborators and literal bodies of knowledge in an improvised, pop-up library which also functions as radio studio and market. The Chimurenga Library engages trade as both the process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services and the practice of exchanging ideas, imaginaries, perceptions, and vocabularies. Over five days, from …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Performa 15 Hub, New York

From 11 to 15 November 2015, the Chimurenga Library hosted PASS with a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews, and events with Chimurenga collaborators in New York, including musicians, journalists, writers, curators, and filmmakers. The live broadcast studio functioned amidst an installation that brought together pop-up stores that experiment with trade, informal economies, aesthetics and body language, music and spoken word, mobility and infrastructure. Working with collaborators such as Brooklyn-based African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Center (established 1971); artist …  ( continue reading

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Spha Mdlalose

Jazz vocalist Spha Mdlalose moves from rough-hewn shebeen-styled jazz through souful gospel grooves to Sarah Vaughan-like sophistication and Ella-edged beboppers. Since graduating Mdlalose has performed alongside Jimmy Dludlu, Zamajobe and Sbongile Khumalo. PASS people will know her from Bheki Khoza’s War Chorale, her sets with Lwanda Gogwana and the Plantation Miners at Tagore’s and her recent performance in Neo Muyanga’s Flower of Shembe. Watch one of her performances here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXqt9xE1ENA  ( continue reading

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This week live on PASS radio

This week, live on PASS radio [ broadcasting from Tagore’s Jazz Bar, 42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town ]: Reza Khota completes his short residency on Wednesday 12 Sept. Graeme Arendse aka DJ Boeta G takes the pulpit on Thursday 13 Sept On Friday 14 Sept, a once-off: Chief Dr. Prof. Neo Muyanga drops his shembe baton and pulls out the toys – and this man takes his games seriously. Don’t miss this. The amazingly talented Spha Mdlalose is back …  ( continue reading

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Spha Mdlalose

Jazz vocalist Spha Mdlalose moves from rough-hewn shebeen-styled jazz through souful gospel grooves to Sarah Vaughan-like sophistication and Ella-edged beboppers. Since graduating Mdlalose has performed alongside Jimmy Dludlu, Zamajobe and Sbongile Khumalo. PASS people will know her from Bheki Khoza’s War Chorale, her sets with Lwanda Gogwana and the Plantation Miners at Tagore’s and her recent performance in Neo Muyanga’s Flower of Shembe.  ( continue reading

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