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Neo Muyanga – The Sex For Money No Power Mixtape

PASS founder, a composer and musician Neo Muyanga highlights the currents and transactions between the physical and the metaphysical, the lustful and the learned, the sensual and confessional and all matters philosophical, sociological and political in this powerplay.   “Obia Ba Nnye/Naughty Child” – Desmond Ababio “Mentirosa” – Concha Buika “Le Buste” – Jean Cocteau/Dj […]

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Festac ’77

by Akin Adesokan Imagine, first, a priestess of Esu (Elegbara), the West African god of the crossroads and inspiration for the less tangible practice of hermeneutics. The woman, in her late sixties when the story begins, in August 1976, in a small village three hours by car north of Lagos, is also the mother of […]

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The Tyelera Moment

by Thabo Jijana  On December 13, 2016, in Salem Party Club v Salem Community, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of 152 land claimants representing a community of amaXhosa who’d been dispossessed over a century ago by the 1820 British settlers and their descendants. While the court victory has been rightfully celebrated as […]

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The Invention of Africa by Franco & T.P.OK Jazz

– Ntone Edjabe A few years ago, while researching the political history of Congo/Zaire/Congo via the country’s music archive, particularly through the output of Luambo Makiadi aka Franco, we turned to the legendary record collection of “Jumbo” Donald Vanrenen – a scholar of late-style rumba and early soukouss (a sound he helped construct via various A&R gigs […]

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Traditional Intellectuals

by Koketso Potsane Art has always been used to make statements about what is happening. In his article “Reciprocal Bases of National Culture and the Fight for Freedom,” Frantz Fanon argues that extreme ways of colonial domination always disrupts [in spectacular fashion] the cultural life of a conquered people. This is made possible by the laws/rules […]

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TO REFUSE THAT WHICH HAS BEEN REFUSED TO YOU

Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman sit down to talk about the temporal and traditional in the age of refusal – of movement, of citizenship. They offer up a different way of thinking, a pathway to another understanding of community as well as the possibility of harnessing fugitivity as a creative empowering strategy*. Saidiya Hartman: One […]

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