Cape Town-based composer and PASS co-founder Neo Muyanga is engaged in an ongoing, multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role of liberation music in Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay. For PASS at the Performa Hub in New York, Neo will host discussions and performances to explore these themes with NYC based musicians.
“This is ugly beautiful. One of the roles of music is to do that. It’s position is between things… Nothing is fixed. We can always invent, change. Sometimes that means we have to destroy. That’s okay. It opens that space to build afresh. Music teaches us that. At the moment it feels like we’re in a shit space. But that bodes well for our future. What comes next? How do we get there? That’s my question.”
– Neo Muyanga, “In The Listening Room”, Chimurenga 16: The Chimurenga Chronic (October 2011).