lumbung artist Chimurenga presents a new edition of Liberation Radio, an ongoing research conducted primarily through broadcasting practice, on cultural initiatives by and through liberation movements operating in the city-studios of Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more.
After Cairo and Harare, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) lands in Dar es Salaam to listen on themes such as the radical history of the University of Dar es Salaam – including Rodney-mentored study groups such as USARF and more; the limits of state-instituted Pan Africanism, as experienced during the 6-PAC of 1974; the spread of Kiswahili through the liberation struggle and its promotion by Soyinka, Armah, Ngugi and other members of the short-lived Union of African Writers; as well as the cultural work enabled by the presence of freedom fighters in Dar – such as the radical output of the Tanzanian Publishing House and the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation. But also, smaller but influential projects like the music group Afro 70. And much more.
The sessions are hosted by the illustrious publisher Mkuki na Nyota/TPH Bookshop (24 Samora Ave) from 2pm daily. Participants include: Pungwe Listening (Rob Machiri and Memory Biwa), Contemporary Image Collective (Andrea Thal and Samah Gafar), Moses Marz, Nombuso Mathibela, Yasmina Reggad and Parselelo Kantai.
In conversation with writers, journalists, musicians and scholars: Walter Bgoya, Salim Msoma, Maria Shaba, Marjorie Mbilinyi, Ng’wanza Kamata, James Brennan, Saida Yahya-Othman, John Kitime, Ruth Nyambura and many more.
Location: Pan African Space Station