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 pivotal role in the development of art in South Africa. As an artist and cultural activist. Since the 1980s she has been involved throughout the setting up and participating in a number of art projects and initiatives. Dhlomo grounds her art on the socialist-realist and political.
Judy Seidman is a cultural worker and visual artist. She was part of Medu Art Ensemble – which she has written extensively on, as well as the art of the liberation struggle, and the art of Thami Mnyele.
Athi Mongezeleli Joja is an art critic. A member of the art collective Gugulective and a member of Azanian Philosophical Society, his research interests are in modern and contemporary South African art, anti-apartheid cultural movements, art criticism and critical race theory.
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, …
Liberation Radio 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, live from our Cape Town studio on the 15th -18th of March from …