African Record Centre
PASS is live and orbiting in NYC. We kicks things off with a conversation with Chimurenga Library NYC residents Brooklyn based African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Centre (established 1971); artist and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti, who is running an African Hair Braiding Salon in the space; and poet, choreographer and Afrosonics archivist Harmony Holiday.
Next, Nontsikelelo curates a sound collab between multimedia artist Dyani Douze, code-switcher and Throw Vision member Taja Cheek (Throw Vision) and musician and composer Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa. Expect anything from electronics to mbiras.
Vivek Narayanan is a poet and a coeditor at the literary magazine Almost Island. He samples his new book of poems, that attempts to “write through” the Ramayana of Valmiki (the earliest Sanskrit poet) in fragmented, unpredictable and contrary ways.
Photographer Marilyn Nance has captured unique moments in the cultural history of the US and the African diaspora, which together amount to an archive of images of late 20th century African American life. She joins us to share tales from FESTAC ’77 in Lagos where she was photographer for the North American Zone.
Next, curator and choreographer, Rashida Bumbray hosts a conversation with Dr Segun Shabaka, current Chairperson of the International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn (1971-2015). Started as a venture of independent African-centered education centres, The East and Uhuru Sasa Shule, the 43-year-old annual Brooklyn International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors.
Tune in from 3pm – 8pm on PASS Radio. Or join as at the improvised, pop-up Chimurenga Library, which functions as both radio studio and market, running out the Performa Hub.
The Brooklyn-based African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Centre, which played a key role in introducing the cultures of the African diaspora to the United States, invite visitors to come dig in their crates. “We introduced African music to the United States. I will make that statement humbly but boastfully at the same time.” – Roger Francis (African Record Centre) Roger Francis and Rudy Francis own the African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Center in Brooklyn, New York. Roger Francis …