MBIZO DAY – today, Wednesday 30th November
The Pan African Space Station (PASS) will host a 24 hour live broadcast of music written and/or performed by healer, musician, composer and painter Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986), as well as rare interviews with the artist and comments by people who knew and worked with him.
TUNE IN HERE from 12:00 midday (GMT+2) today, Wednesday 30 November till midday on Thursday 1 December.
This listening session is in celebration of Mbizo’s life work and in commemoration of 30 years of his passing.
During his short life, Mbizo helped to establish the Blue Notes, a group he co-founded with Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo, Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana and Nic Moyake, as the one of the most innovative and powerful forces in jazz. Or more precisely, what he called the SKANGA (a family of black creative musics). Mbizo was a highly sought-after bass player and vocalist who performed with some of the music’s most important figures, including Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Mal Waldron, Famoudou Don Moye, Khan Jamal and many more. He recorded over 70 albums.
In addition to Chimurenga people, selectors and speakers include Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lefifi Tladi, Marcus Wyatt/Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Louis Moholo, Lesego Rampolokeng, Ikapa Jazz Movement, Tete Mbambisa, Maakomele Manaka, DJ Mighty, Tumi Mogorosi, Dala Flat, and many more.
And check out this wonderful performance from July 1971, broadcast live on French television.
I’m spinning some records here this evening – come say hi!
Chimurenga will be occupying the AVA stoep in Cape Town with a pop-up bookshop over three days, from the 27th to the 28th January 2016, from 4 – 7pm daily. The pop-up includes a live broadcasting studio of the Pan African Space Station (PASS), Chimurenga’s online radio, featuring a programme of music, interviews, and performances with Chimurenga collaborators in Cape Town, including People’s Education, Future Nostalgia, Lohla Amira and many more.
This event is produced in collaboration with VANSA and the AVA.
For more on the broadcasting schedule, please visit panafricanspacestation.org.za.
The live broadcast studio functions amidst an installation that brings together pop-up stores that experiment with trade, informal economies, aesthetics and body language, music and spoken word, mobility and infrastructure.
This is a live set I played on the Pan African Space Station in September 2010 – some dark, psychedelic stuff. The sound quality of the recording is not the best in places but there are some great tunes.