The Legacy of FESTAC ’77: A Sonic Exploration

By Marilyn Nance

Marilyn Nance

On 19 May 2017, streamed live as part of Online Radio Festival 2017, the Pan African Space Station presented an hour-long exploration into the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.

Speaking to Chimurenga‘s ongoing research into the legacy of FESTAC 77, this mix is a historical-critical sonic presentation interrogating issues of place, exile and nationhood, and the confrontations and intersections of ideas on culture, politics and identities.

The Legacy of FESTAC ’77 pays tribute to artists and thinkers who participated in the largest pan-African gathering ever to have taken place at the time and ensuing conversations, featuring Randy Watson, Mandla Langa, The Blue Notes, Keorapetse Kgotsitsile, Michael McMillan, Myriam Makeba, Tabu Ley Rochereau and more. Listen here.

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Listening to FESTAC

As King Sunny Ade sang, welcome welcome to Nigeria… Ntone Edjabe and Kodwo Eshun hung out in the Chimurenga Library to listen close to records from or recorded for FESTAC ’77.    ( continue reading

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PASS in NY: Marilyn Nance – FESTAC 77

Photographer and visual artist Marilyn Nance has produced exceptional photographs of unique moments in the cultural history of the United States and the African Diaspora, and possesses an archive of images of late 20th century African American life. For PASS at the Performa Hub, Marilyn will join us on Wednesday afternoon to share tales from FESTAC ’77 in Lagos where she was photographer for the North American Zone. A two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography for her body …  ( continue reading

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Your Own Hand Sold You

Poet, choregrapher and AfroSonics arkivist, Harmony Holiday produced this audio mix as part of Chimurenga’s ongoing research project and multimedia installations on the legacies of FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos during 1977.  ( continue reading

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