Liberation Radio

LIBERATION RADIO: PUNGWE 1

Selected and mixed by Robert Machiri

This piece presents various operators of the liberation struggle, across countries and movements, through a mix that brings together speech, music and struggle song. Maybe an attempt at presenting a cacophony of political vocalisations.

Reproducing the sound of the liberation struggle in southern Africa as a totality of voices and music produced by militants across the region and beyond. As an attempt to expand on the “struggle song” beyond the chronological markers of political freedom or independence of southern African states; thus approaching southern Africa as a borderless zone – beyond the borders installed by colonisation and reinforced by political independence of the various states.

I have punctuated these sound bites with Abdullah’s live piano solo recording of 1982, ‘South African Sunshine’ recorded live in Germany.  It comes in an out, in fact it’s the soundtrack of the piece.

Other excerpts include:
Thomas Mapfumo’s Kupera Kwevanhu (On war in Mozambique) from ‘Varombo kuVarombo’ (1989);
Soweto’s Children from Jabula’s ‘Africa Awake’ (1978) – a banned record in South Africa;
Narration by John Matshikiza on exiles;
The title song from the album Soweto (1986) by Robson Banda and the New Black Eagles;
Makorokoto (Congratulations) by The Four Brothers, from ‘Viva Zimbabwe’ (1983), a compilation of Zim Dance vibes;
Miriam Makeba’s Jol’inkomo from All about Miriam: Miriam Makeba Sings Love Songs, Folk Songs, Sad Songs (1966);
Uyo Ndiyani from ‘Ingalo’ (1982) by Dorothy Masuka And Job’s Combination;
Liberation fighter in interviews and radio splices featuring Tongogara (Zanu PF/ZANLA Military chief) (main voice) and Edgar Tekere (ZANLA);
Oliver Tambo announcing The Year Of The Women from the album ‘Radio Freedom: The Voice Of The African National Congress And The People’s Army Umkhonto Wesizwe’ (1985);
Liberation Songs sung by ZAPU Military wing ZIPRA and ZANU Military wing ZANLA;
Lead us Tambo by Amandla – African National Congress Cultural Group, directed by Jonas Gwangwa, off their self-titled album of 1982;
Stimela, from an ‘ILAM: The Sound Of Africa Series’ record with unknown Xhosa Voices

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LIBERATION RADIO: La Discothèque de Sarah Maldoror*

Selected by Ntone Edjabe Sarah Maldoror and film crew on the set of The Battle of Algiers (1966) 01. ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, Monangambéee, 1969 (Short film)  Monangambéee extract – Art Ensemble of Chicago In the film, which marks Art Ensemble’s first appearance on record, they improvise in the space between the minimalist dialogue. The music was never released, though some of the themes would reappear on their debut LP titled People in Sorrow (1969). It was also Maldoror’s first …  ( continue reading

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DIALECTIC SOUL – live at the Chimurenga Factory

withAsher GamedzeThembinkosi MavimbelaRobin FassieBuddy WellsNono Nkoane live at Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town)Friday, 08 April 2022Doors open at 7pm R120 presale (bookings here)R150 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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iPHUPHO L’KA BIKO – live at the Chimurenga Factory

Pan African Space Station is pleased to announce the return of iPhupho L’ka Biko to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town). Thursday, 31 March 2022 Doors open from 7pm, with limited capacity. R150 presale (bookings here) R180 at the door For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 18 March 2022 – 3pm: Fugitive Archives

In the final broadcast, we discuss methods of recovering, curating, re-presenting and conserving black collective and fugitive practice. With Uhuru Phalafala, Sinazo Mtshemla, Lerato Kuzwayo, Kgomotso Ramushu. Dr Uhuru Phalafala is a scholar, an artist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She is author of the upcoming monograph on Keorapetse Kgositsile titled Black Radical Traditions from the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement. She heads a project that repatriates and republishes apartheid-era cultural production. Sinazo Mtshemla is a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 17 March 2022 – 3pm: Visual Arts and Liberation Music

We move from visual representations of the music (LP-art, posters, photographs) to cross-disciplinary (or an-disciplined) work by artists operating across media. With Percy Mabandu, Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa, Judy Seidman and Athi Mongezeleli Joja. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, a monograph that studies the history and impact of the landmark South African jazz album. Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa has played a …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 16 March 2022 – 3pm: Liberation Movement as Cultural Producers

Today’s session explores the legacies of PAC’s Mafube Arts Commune and band; ANC’s Amandla Cultural Ensemble and MEDU Art Ensemble, as well as outfits such as Malopoets and Dashiki, which were associated with BCM. With historians of these projects such as Gwen Ansell, Percy Mabandu, Ali Hlongwane and Steve Dyer. Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a Jazz Classic, …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15 March 2022 – 3pm: South African Liberation Songs

In our opening session we present a conversation between contemporary musicians who actively draw on the archive to directly inform their music and artist practice, along with audio pieces from each participant. With: Neo Muyanga, Asher Gamedze, Masello Montana and Nhlanhla Ngqaqu (iPhupho L’ka Biko). Neo Muyanga is a composer, theorist and activist who is engaged in a multi-focal exploration of protest music that spans from how protest songs played a key role in South Africa’s liberation to the role …  ( continue reading

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LIBERATION RADIO: CAPE TOWN – 15th-18th March 2022, 3-6pm

Liberation Radio is a new monthly program on the Pan African Space Station (PASS). It is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing query on knowledge production via African sound worlds. Through this program we explore the possibilities of radio as a research platform and the sonic archives of cultural struggles, and the role of city-studios such as Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more, as revolutionary capitals which hosted and disseminated liberatory work through their national infrastructure. This edition, …  ( continue reading

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RADIO MAC – 21 June 2021 – 6pm: War of the Reptile Men – Victor Gama

War of the reptile men War of the reptile men é uma composição criada pelo compositor e músico angolano Victor Gama enquanto vivia em Angola durante os anos do conflito. Ele explica como  a sintonização na rádio estática, durante o girar do botão, expandiu a sua compreensão das possibilidades da música e do som como um intermediário. Gama relembra memórias vívidas do período da independência no final dos anos 70, a transição no sistema educacional do país naquela época, e …  ( continue reading

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