Music – The Chimurenga Chronic https://chimurengachronic.co.za now-now, a pan African gazette - in print quarterly and online Fri, 05 Nov 2021 12:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/cropped-CHIMURENGA-LOGO-32x32.jpg Music – The Chimurenga Chronic https://chimurengachronic.co.za 32 32 SALIM WASHINGTON, DALISU NDLAZI, ASHER GAMEDZE… IN CONVERSATION https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/salim-washington-dalisu-ndlazi-asher-gamedze-in-conversation/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/salim-washington-dalisu-ndlazi-asher-gamedze-in-conversation/#respond Wed, 07 Jul 2021 10:44:16 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17907 Chimurenga presented a musical conversation between Salim Washington (saxophone/flute), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass) […]

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Chimurenga presented a musical conversation between Salim Washington (saxophone/flute), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass) and Asher Gamedze (drums) at the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town), Thursday, 24 June 2021.

This event formed part of the Stories About Music in Africa series.

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PASS LANDING AT LAVOIR MODERNE PARISIEN, PARIS https://chimurengachronic.co.za/pass_pop_up/pass-landing-at-lavoir-moderne-parisien-paris/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/pass_pop_up/pass-landing-at-lavoir-moderne-parisien-paris/#respond Tue, 06 Jul 2021 14:12:59 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=pass_pop_up&p=17901 From 5-9 May 2021, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed at […]

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From 5-9 May 2021, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed at Lavoir Moderne Parisien in Goutte d’or, Paris, to imagine, re-examine and re-circulate sonic archives of black radicalism in the francophone world. This session dug into the “soundtrack” (bande-son), an underlying container of information and ideas that is seldom explored on its own terms.

We departed from cinematic practice, specifically films/filmmakers (Julius-Amedee Laou, Elsie Haas, Med Hondo, Kanor sisters, Sarah Maldoror, etc) represented in the printed archive we had recently installed in Centre Pompidou, and expanded the soundtrack beyond the screen to other areas of knowledge production: the street, the club, recording studios, kongossa, live performances, noise, even the magazine page.

We imagined a live in-studio soundtrack that responded to and expanded visual footage from the 2nd Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Rome 1959 – an event charged by the-then process of decolonisation and the unwelcome presence of younger, radical thinkers such as Fanon, Beti, Glissant, Beville and more. We took the cues from Fabienne and Véronique Kanor’s “La noiraude” to explore zouk as aesthetics of black transnationalism – a geography of unauthorised pleasure throughout the 1980s. We listened to Sarah Maldoror’s record collection, and her use of music on film.

In Julius-Amedee Laou’s “Solitaire a micro ouvert”, the brother of a man killed in a racist murder in Paris of the 1980s takes over of a black radio station to address the “community”. In “La Vieille Quimboiseuse et le majordome” he highlights the dialectic between the seen and the heard. We listened to the oral history of “La coordination des femmes noires” that writer Gerty Dambury continually produces; or Gerard Lockel’s development of gro ka moden as decolonial praxis; or the Paris-based afro/astrosonic network documented in the music Jo Maka, Ramadolf, Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Yebga Likoba and more, which not only connects directly to Maldoror’s film “Un dessert pour Constance” but also puts sound to the immigrant struggles of the post-May 68 era. And brought us to the ongoing gentrification and structural violence in Goutte d’or.

We considered Frank Biyong’s retelling of the war of decolonisation in Cameroun in his album “Ibolo Ini”, and more broadly his use of music as site of memorialising; and explored black ecologies through sound.

We presented “Act 2” of Christian Nyampeta’s acclaimed radio-play “The Africans”.

And live performances, talks, screenings, DJ sets. And more.

Recorded sessions from the landing are available for replay via PASS on Mixcloud.

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FESTAC 77 BOOK (Oct 2019) https://chimurengachronic.co.za/book_series/festac77/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/book_series/festac77/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:40:01 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=book_series&p=13686 Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of transatlantic and pan-Africanist cultural-political gatherings.

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Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of transatlantic and pan-Africanist cultural-political gatherings.

As told by Chimurenga, this is the first publication to address the planetary scale of FESTAC alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible. Featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions, the book relays the stories, words and works of the festival’s extraordinary cast of characters.

With: Wole Soyinka, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Archie Shepp, Miriam Makeba, Allioune Diop, Jeff Donaldson, Louis Farrakhan, Stevie Wonder, Abdias do Nascimento, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mario de Andrade, Ted Joans, Nadi Qamar,Carlos Moore, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Johnny Dyani, Werewere Liking, Marilyn Nance, Barkley Hendricks, Mildred Thompson, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Jayne Cortez, Atukwei OkaiJonas Gwangwa, Theo Vincent, Lindsay Barrett, Gilberto de la Nuez, Sun Ra and many others.

And featuring new writing from: Akin Adesokan, Moses Serubiri, Harmony Holiday, Semeneh Ayalew, Hassan Musa, Emmanuel Iduma, Michael McMillan, Dominique Malaquais and Cedric Vincent, Molefe Pheto, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hermano Penna, Alice Aterianus.
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Published by Chimurenga and Afterall Books, in association with Asia Art Archive, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and RAW Material Company, 2019.


The FESTAC 77 publication is available for purchase through our online shop.

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THE BROTHER MOVES ON RETURNS https://chimurengachronic.co.za/the-brother-moves-on-returns/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/the-brother-moves-on-returns/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 18:01:17 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?p=18809 Chimurenga Factory
Saturday, 06 November 2021

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Chimurenga is pleased to announce the return of The Brother Moves On to the Chimurenga Factory (157 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town).

Saturday, 06 November 2021
Doors open from 6:30pm, with limited capacity.

R120 presale (bookings here)
R150 at the door

For further information: info@chimurenga.co.za | +27 21 447 1119

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Denderah Rising with Georgia Anne Muldrow + Thandi Ntuli Quartet + The Monkey Nuts https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/denderah-rising-with-georgia-anne-muldrow-thandi-ntuli-quartet-the-monkey-nuts/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/denderah-rising-with-georgia-anne-muldrow-thandi-ntuli-quartet-the-monkey-nuts/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:59:31 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=12380 In April 2018, we welcomed back Georgia Anne Muldrow and her “ancestral orchestra” feat. Thandi […]

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In April 2018, we welcomed back Georgia Anne Muldrow and her “ancestral orchestra” feat. Thandi Ntuli Quartet and The Monkey Nuts to Pan African Space Station (PASS). Below is an excerpt of that night. Breathe!

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PASS presents: FOKN Bois (LIVE at Greatmore Studios) https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/pass-presents-fokn-bois-live-at-greatmore-studios/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/pass-presents-fokn-bois-live-at-greatmore-studios/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:36:02 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=12431 On 10 September 2016, the Pan African Space Station hosted Gospel Christain […]

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On 10 September 2016, the Pan African Space Station hosted Gospel Christain Porn Rap duo FOKN Bois at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.

M3NSA (the Ghanaian Hiplife Pioneer) and Wanlov the Kubolor (African Gypsy) of FOKN Bois unapologetically venture into territories that other Ghanaian musicians stay well clear of. Controversial, bold and shocking, the duo is known to entertain and challenge the status-quo of everyday Ghanaian society. The performance was broadcast live on PASS via the airwaves and can be revisted here.

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Floating Points LIVE at Gugu S’thebe Theatre https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/floating-points-live-at-gugu-sthebe-theatre/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/floating-points-live-at-gugu-sthebe-theatre/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:10:15 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=12384 On 7 March 2015, Pan African Space Station (PASS) hosted UK musician, composer, […]

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On 7 March 2015, Pan African Space Station (PASS) hosted UK musician, composer, producer, DJ and neuroscientist Floating Points (aka Sam Shepard) LIVE at Guga S’Thebe Theatre in Langa.

His DJ work and love for vinyl records has taken him all over the world, with Brazil and Japan favourite regular destinations. This Pan African Space Station (PASS) show will be his first trip to southern Africa and shall see Floating Points perform a vinyl DJ set using his rotary “travel” mixer to combine his own productions with a vast array of influences.

As co-founder of the independent label Eglo Records (with Alexander Nut), Floating Points has helped create and shape a cutting-edge platform for contemporary soul and dance music. Since 2009, he has released a score of much lauded singles, remixes and EPs which continue to cause crowds around the world to dance. Hits including ‘Vacuum Boogie’ and ‘People’s Potential’. His debut album is due later in the year and is set to introduce even more audiences to Floating Points’ distinct and highly inventive sounds. In 2014, Eglo Records released the exceptional singer Fatima’s debut album, Yellow Memories. Floating Points wrote four tracks on this LP, including ‘Do Better’ with Theo Parrish.

This PASS performance was supported by the British Council, Connect ZA and New Music Connections grants and forms part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

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SONGS FOR BIKO and other stomps, screams and prayers https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/songs-for-biko-and-other-stomps-screams-and-prayers/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/songs-for-biko-and-other-stomps-screams-and-prayers/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:42:11 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17950 September 12 is Biko Day. On this day in 1977, black consciousness philosopher, thinker, leader Steve […]

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September 12 is Biko Day. On this day in 1977, black consciousness philosopher, thinker, leader Steve Biko died in police custody in 1977. This day also historically marks the start of the Pan African Space Station intervention.

The 24-hr marathon praise party held to launch PASS in 2008, titled “Songs for Biko, and other stomps, screams and prayers”, included DJs, musicians, soundists, poets and generally noise people presenting music and sound inspired by Steve Biko’s work; and read from his words in I Write What I Like.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime LIVE at Guga S’thebe, Langa https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/georgia-anne-muldrow-declaime-live-at-guga-sthebe-langa/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/georgia-anne-muldrow-declaime-live-at-guga-sthebe-langa/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:01:29 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=12467 Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley ‘Declaime’ Perkins, recorded live at the Guga S’thebe, Langa […]

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Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley ‘Declaime’ Perkins, recorded live at the Guga S’thebe, Langa on 2 October, 2010.

American funk-fusion chanteuse Georgia Anne Muldrow is, to have Mos Def tell it, ‘like Flack, Nina Simone, Ella, she’s something else. She’s like religion.’ Muldrow is a seeker, a journeywoman unafraid to chart new musical territories. Travelling side by side with soulmate, influential, purposeful and prolific executive producer/emcee/visual artist Dudley Perkins (Declaime), they forge the missing links between beat konductas like Madlib and Dilla and the early-1970s free soul and jazz pioneers like Pharaoh Sanders.

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Hip-hop rhythms are rewired, cracked up by odd meters and halting beats that bleed over improvisational forays, corrupted with tinges of electro, R&B, soul, and modern laptop mayhem.

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Brice Wassy LIVE at Albert Hall https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/brice-wassy-live-at-albert-hall/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/brice-wassy-live-at-albert-hall/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:50:08 +0000 http://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=12459 Listen to  legendary Camerounian drummer/percussionist Brice Wassy’s Trio performance, recorded live at the Albert […]

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Listen to  legendary Camerounian drummer/percussionist Brice Wassy’s Trio performance, recorded live at the Albert Hall on October 1 2010

Known as the ‘King of 6/8 Rhythm,’ Camerounian drummer/percussionist Brice Wassy has been a centrifugal force in African music for the past four decades. The former bandleader for Manu Dibango and Salif Keita, he has worked with Miriam Makeba, Mabi Thobejane, Madala Kunene, Toure Kunda, Moses Molelekwa, and Busi Mhlongo, as well as the likes of French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Cuban percussionist Changuito, and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira.

Credentials aside, Wassy is a formidable talent who deserves to be listen to on his own terms. His music is a full-frontal rhythmic attack profoundly rooted in Africa, but opened to all genres. Bringing together jazz and Afro-pop, he mixes improvisation with sophisticated compositional imagination; elasticity and experimentation with timbre and harmony; instruments new and old. As Fela Kuti once put it, Wassy has ‘opened our minds with the militancy of his message and our hearts to the rhythms of Afrobeat.’

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Studios Kabako presents ‘moremoremore…FUTURE’ – LIVE at City Hall, Cape Town https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/studios-kabako-presents-moremoremorefuture-live-at-city-hall-cape-town/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/studios-kabako-presents-moremoremorefuture-live-at-city-hall-cape-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:12:33 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17954 Listen to Kisangani (DRC) based dance collective Studios Kabako’s ‘More more more… Future’, recorded […]

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Listen to Kisangani (DRC) based dance collective Studios Kabako’s ‘More more more… Future’, recorded live at the City Hall on September 28, 2010

Infusing the hybrid rhythms of Ndombolo music with hefty doses of punk rage and cosmic energy, Studio Kabako deliver a pre-Sputnik space travelogue into the unknown. Flying in the face of fatalist perception of Africa, they merge explosive dance and experimental theatre, mysticism and militancy, riddle and confrontation, within a wholly new context, where weird worlds of sound open up before us.

To the seething poems of Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, choreographer Faustin Linyekula, makes dance boil over into trance, while fashion designer Lamine Badian Kouyate (Xuly Bët) gives inventive embodiment to the trailblazing harmonies and energies of the guitarist, Flamme Kapaya and his band. The result is a poetics of autonomy, conceived in sonic, social, aesthetic and economic terms, and prepared to sweating blood for a better future.

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Toumani Diabate – LIVE at Slave Church, Cape Town (2009) https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/toumani-diabate-live-at-slave-church-cape-town-2009/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/toumani-diabate-live-at-slave-church-cape-town-2009/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:52:53 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17957 Bringing Mandinka history lessons that chart 700+ years., Diabate mediates traditions inherited […]

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Bringing Mandinka history lessons that chart 700+ years., Diabate mediates traditions inherited from Mali’s ancient Mande Empire through globetrotting jazz, blues and electro frequencies. A lifelong Bamako resident, Diabate rose to global acclaim almost 20 years ago when he recorded the world’s first solo kora album Kaira. Since then his career has been characterised by a fierce refusal to erect a line between an ancient locality and a modern cosmopolis.

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CHIMURENGA SESSION: THE AFRO EURASIAN ECLIPSE https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/chimurenga-session-the-afro-eurasian-eclipse/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/chimurenga-session-the-afro-eurasian-eclipse/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 09:16:14 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17979 Launching Chimurenga 14: Everyone Has Their Indian Featuring: Madosini, Udaba (East London), […]

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Launching Chimurenga 14: Everyone Has Their Indian

Featuring: Madosini, Udaba (East London), Teba Shumba, Vuyo Khatsha, Sylvia Ntantlu, Kakudji (DRC/France) in collaboration with Sparck) and Fong Kong Bantu Sound System.

Thursday 2 April 2009

The Africa Centre – 44 Long Street , Cape Town

From 9pm – R50/door

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CHE IN THE CONGO, ELECTRIC GUITARS AND THE INVENTION OF AFRICA https://chimurengachronic.co.za/che-in-the-congo-electric-guitars-and-the-invention-of-africa/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/che-in-the-congo-electric-guitars-and-the-invention-of-africa/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:58:25 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?p=18604 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

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Articulating Luambo’s centrality to our knowing of selves and worlds – e no easy o! But we keep trying. Mudimbe told us of the colonial library. Sure. There are many more inventions. Luambo completed his own coding work in the ten-year interval between the landing of Bill Alexandre’s Gibson guitar in Kin and the infiltration, via Dar, of Victor Dreke’s contingent of Afro-Cuban soldiers in 1965. Luambo’s intervention is known today as the sebene.

This mix responds to a query about “learning to listen”. It features 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.

Listen here:


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Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band – LIVE at Assembly, Cape Town https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/anthony-joseph-the-spasm-band-live-at-assembly-cape-town/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/anthony-joseph-the-spasm-band-live-at-assembly-cape-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:01:24 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17971 Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as ‘the […]

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Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as ‘the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain’. Born in Trinidad, his experimental poetry, fiction, music and spoken word occupies a space between surrealism, jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and sound, creating what he calls ‘liquid textology’. He is the author of two poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs.

This performance, featuring his jazz septet The Spasm Band, brings together the echoes of dub poets, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra cosmic visions. Joseph’s new collection of poetry, Bird Head Son, is due in 2008 and will be followed by a new Spasm Band album with the same title.

Live at Assembly, Cape Town on 2 October 2008.

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NEW STORIES ABOUT MUSIC IN AFRICA https://chimurengachronic.co.za/new-stories-about-music-in-africa/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/new-stories-about-music-in-africa/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:25:28 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?p=18599 PASS presents: Salim Washington, Dalisu Ndlazi, Asher Gamedze in conversation

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Pan African Space Station presents that latest edition of Stories About Music in Africa, a musical conversation between Salim Washington (saxophone/flute), Dalisu Ndlazi (upright bass) and Asher Gamedze (drums). This session was recorded live at the Chimurenga Factory in June 2021.

Watch/listen to other episodes from the Stories About Music in Africa series.

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Madala ‘Bafo’ Kunene – LIVE at Slave Church, Cape Town https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/madala-bafo-kunene-live-at-slave-church-cape-town/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/madala-bafo-kunene-live-at-slave-church-cape-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:01:46 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17960 Known to many simply as ‘Bafo’, Madala Kunene is undeniably one of […]

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Known to many simply as ‘Bafo’, Madala Kunene is undeniably one of the best guitarists to have come out of Durban. This eclectic musician has an aura of calmness and wisdom that is meticulously replicated in his music – deep-rooted in spiritual and traditional rhythms. Bafo has performed his trance-inducing sounds at festivals around the world and collaborated with the likes of Busi MhlongoMabi TobejaneMoses Molelekwa and countless others. In 2003 he composed the score for Oscar-award nominated Yesterday – the first ever full length feature film in Zulu.

For his appearances at PASS in Cape Town, Bafo launched a concept titled “Sounds in the Darkness of Light”, a solo performance in complete darkness. This places the audience in a realm of darkness where only sounds illustrate the images of one’s immediate surroundings. A realm well understood by the visually impaired, who dwell in it daily. Members of blind societies from surrounding communities were invited to the event and escorted the artist himself onto the stage.

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Bibi Tanga – LIVE at PASS https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/bibi-tanga-live-pass/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/bibi-tanga-live-pass/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:16:47 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17975 Bangui-born, Paris based Bibi Tanga is a singer and bass player whose […]

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Bangui-born, Paris based Bibi Tanga is a singer and bass player whose music combines Curtis Mayfield’s truth-speaking falsetto, James Brown’s funk epics and Sly Stone’s lysergic experimentation with Africa’s big band traditions, including Miriam Makeba’s Bembeya Jazz National, Franco’s TPOK Jazz and Fela Kuti’s Africa 70. His current project is a collaboration with Professeur Inlassable, an accomplished DJ/producer and studio sorcerer, and a walking library of gothic samples. Their album, Yellow Gauze is a unique hybrid kaleidoscope of black music traditions. Weird and good.

Live the Assembly (Wed Oct 1, 2008)

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BLK JKS -LIVE at Assembly, Cape Town https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/blk-jks-live-at-assembly-cape-town/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/blk-jks-live-at-assembly-cape-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:49:55 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17969 BLK JKS are an internationally acclaimed, Johannesburg based band. Says music journalist Miles […]

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BLK JKS are an internationally acclaimed, Johannesburg based band. Says music journalist Miles Keylock: “What makes them hip is that they’re South African and damn it, they sound it. In fact listening to BLK JKS is kind of like taking a slow cruise through Jozi with your windows rolled down. Afro-jazz riffs segue into tribal rhythms, which swagger through street-level sociology before exploding into hardcore bursts of noise, kwaai kwaito beats and addictive rock hooks. It’s not funk rock. It’s not punk rock. It’s not indie rock. It’s just music, and it’ll infect your mind if you let it”.

Live at Assembly, Cape Town in 2008.

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Cindy Blackman Quartet – LIVE at Slave Church, Cape Town https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/cindy-blackman-quartet-live-at-slave-church-cape-town/ https://chimurengachronic.co.za/african_live_events/cindy-blackman-quartet-live-at-slave-church-cape-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:17:08 +0000 https://chimurengachronic.co.za/?post_type=african_live_events&p=17964 Cindy Blackman is widely regarded as one of the top drummers in […]

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Cindy Blackman is widely regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. She’s upheld the backbeat and created texture for a veritable Who’s Who in jazz: Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Bill Laswell, Buckethead. However, she’s better known as keeper of ‘polyriddims’ for funk rocker Lenny Kravitz since 1993. Indeed, she is one of a few drummers who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk and back again. Of her album Woks on Canvas, jazz critic Mike Zwerin said: “Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman is among the few who can…” Cindy Blackman has also released an acclaimed drumming instructional video entitled Multiplicity.

Live at Slave Church in Cape Town on 1 October 2008.

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