Johnny Dyani offers a method to the Skanga (black music family) in this extended conversation with Aryan Kaganof. Photographs by George Hallett.
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Friday, 24 November
Tune in at panafricanspacestation.org.za
Thursday, 09 November 2023
The music unit of Medu Arts Ensemble consisted of two bands, Shakawe and Kalahari
Saturday, 16 September 2023 from 6pm
Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock)
MUSIC NOTEBOOK by Ari Sitas
Chimurenga Factory – 157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock
Thursday, 17 August 2023 from 6pm
a gathering ‘n broadcast for our dearly departed brother Malesela Joey Modiba (1986-2023)
Chimurenga Factory – Fri, 07 July 2023 from 6pm
a collective improvisation
16 June 2023
A collection of writing and images on Zimbabwe, edited by Percy Zvomuya
This entry in our Chimurenganyana series takes the form of a mixtape […]
decomposed, an-arranged, and reproduced by Ntone Edjabe
WED, 22 FEB 2023 from 6PM
Live on PASS – 14 February 2023, from 6pm
“Grounation Day” marks the landing of Emperor Selassie I in Jamaica on April 21, 1966.
a tribute to the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari
The latest episode in the Stories About Music in Africa series
We shall open this new cycle of programming with a month-long tribute to the almighty Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.
The latest episode in the Stories About Music in Africa series, now available
Live at Chimurenga Factory – Fri, 28 October 2022
Live at Chimurenga Factory – Sat, 22 Oct 2022
Tumi Mogorosi’s Group Theory:Black Music and Malcolm Jiyane’s Tree-O
We’re proud to present a new edition of “Liberation Radio”
Live at the Chimurenga Factory
Selected and mixed by Robert Machiri
Friday, 08 April 2022 – 7pm
@ Chimurenga Factory
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Where to begin? Which silences? There are many.
Where Apartheid and broadcasters divided South Africans culturally, here comes bongo natty dread to motivate U-N-I-T-Y.
Saturday, 06 November 2021
Featuring solos by Franco Luambo Makiadi, Pepe Felly Manuaku, Bansimba Baroza, Diblo Dibala, Dally Kimoko, Flamme Kapaya, Sarah Solo, Japonais Maladi and Kimbangu Solo; and commentary by Ray Lema
PASS presents: Salim Washington, Dalisu Ndlazi, Asher Gamedze in conversation
The latest addition to the Chimurenganyana series
Thursday, 24 June 2021 – 6pm
Writer Pierre Crépon selects recordings illustrating his essay on the American avant-garde jazz in Paris in 1969.
A new issue of Chimurenga’s Chronic – out now. imagi-nation nwar – […]
On Wednesday 17 February through to Saturday 20 February, Pan African Space Station […]
A web documentary, audio-video archive and online cartography, that chronicles continuities and breaks, samples and cuts that link four key moments of Pan-African encounter: Dakar ’66, Algiers ’69, Kinshasa ’74 and Lagos ’77.
iPhupho L’ka Biko and Pan African Space Station present QAMATA PULA, an ancestral invocation collapsing past, present and future, over three days at the Chimurenga Factory
In anticipation of the release of Black Unity Trios’ legendary album, Al Fatihah, Hasan Abdur-Razzaq recalls witnessing their rehearsals in the late 1960s.
We are standing under a glaring spotlight screaming at the tops of our lungs, from the backs of our throats which we grind together to access black blues unwords, thymus against heart, blue in green meridian, that aquamarine plexus that water and sky correct and regulate in us.
In this mix, we decompose, an-arrange and reproduce the sound-world of FESTAC ’77 to address the planetary scale of event, alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible.
Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]
A Manifesto/ Meditation on State of Black Archives in America and throughout the Diaspora by Harmony Holiday
In a twist to mainstream tropes of radical student movements of the 1960s, and their impact on the history of political thought and action, Pedro Monaville argues that the terrains of the Third World, and particularly the history of student movements in Congo, are vital to explore if we are to makes sense of how that period informs the present.
Kinshasa Chronicles is a richly textured encounter featuring seventy artists, most of whom belong to a very young generation, telling tales of one of the world’s most vibrant creative hubs.
We tune into radio trottoir, radio one battery, radio 33, boca boca to get the word on the street from Angola.
On 31 May, we hosted the launch of Phehello Mofokeng‘s reflective essay on Lesotho’s greatest band, Sankomota.
A Festac 77 Mixtape featuring Randy Weston, Mandla Langa, Carlos Moore, The Blue Notes, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Michael McMillan, Miriam Makeba, Gilberto Gil, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Ray Lema and of course, Fela Kuti (voiced by Kolade Arogundade).
Izithunywa Zohlanga’s art is the art of combat because it assumes responsibility, and because it is the will to liberty expressed in terms of time and space.
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.
She eyed me. A thing wet around her eyes, like water from the evening rain. Lateef, she said, an incurable emphasis on both syllables: Lah-teef.
The output of Luambo Makiadi aka Franco, from the legendary record collection of “Jumbo” Donald Vanrenen
First and foremost, an artistic secretion (the magical respiration of an entire generation of young Congolese), the Wenge generation’s most emblematic creation, a form of humour and a playful ape-like mimicry. The outpouring of Kinshasa, city of dreams, city of turmoil.
Whatever Zimbabwe is, and is becoming, already exists in the sound-worlds produced in the region.
PASS founder, a composer and musician Neo Muyanga highlights the currents and […]
From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live […]
On 1 October 2009, Pan African Space Station hosted Udaba at The […]
Recorded live at Chimurenga HQ, Cape Town, in February 2017
“Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]
The collective improvisations of black America – and their profound impact on poetry and sound – are near impossible to find in the annals of US academe. In fact, their absence is as stark as the control of archiving is white, writes Harmony Holiday.
Culled from a comic book tribute to, and intellectual biography of, Gilles Deleuze […]
DIPALO: a mixtape for those who practice counting, composed, arranged and performed by Muyanga, was released as an audio supplement to issue 16 of Chimurenga magazine