The Pan African Space Station host Thath’i Cover Okestra in a unique re-exploration of kwaito music live at 2pm today at Guga Sthebe- Arts & Culture Center, Washington Street, Langa.
The brainchild of Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela from Keleketla! Library, Thath’i Cover Okestra invites a crew of young independent Joburg-based musicians (supported by the Goethe Institut) to investigate the meaning and importance of kwaito music’s legacy for a new generation.
This performance will feature original and new members of the okestra, including Card on Spokes (electronics), Lee Thomson (trumpet) and Masello Motana (vocals), and will be arranged, directed and conducted by Cape Town jazz pianist Bokani Dyer. Dyer, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, hopes to channel the okestra’s free-wheeling energy and spontaneous creativity into a “new super nostalgic African futuristic spiritual chant non-genre”.