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Pan African Space Station broadcasting live from MUMA


Thursday 11 April, 3-8pm
Friday 12 April, 3-8pm
Saturday 13 April, 12-5pm 
MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art
Ground Floor, Building F
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome

An initiative of the Cape Town-based collective, Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a live radio studio and innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans.

The Pan African Space Station will land in Melbourne for Shapes of Knowledge from 11 - 13 April.

In collaboration with artists, activists and cultural workers based in the city, PASS will study, among other histories, Australia’s participation in The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Using their studio as a capsule for further entanglement, and FESTAC as a lens through which to locate and imagine new conversations around black internationalism, they hope to assemble historical fragments of the region's interaction with the African continent as means to acknowledge its relevance today.

PASS will function as a radio studio, a meeting place and an exhibition space to investigate this query through visual content, as well as conversations and performances with activists and artists working in the city.

Listen live to PASS Radio


Sista Zai Zanda will present a daily show on PASS which will explore different perspectives on community making in Australia for Africans, in collaboration with Naomi VelaphiZiimusic and N’fa Jones.

Rapper and vocalist Lady Lash will perform live in studio.

Pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby will perform live in studio.

Composer, singer, trumpeter Olugbade Okunade will perform live in studio, featuring musician and producer Enoch Ogiemwanre.

Multidisciplinary artist Torika Bolatagici will install a selection of publications in the studio, as part of her ongoing library project The Community Reading Room.

Stani Goma will present a daily show on PASS, “Music of the Black Struggle in Australia”, in collaboration with Jason Tamiru and Gary Murray.


Thursday 11 April, 3-8pm

3–4pm: Opening of the Pan African Space Station
4–5.30pm: Listening to the Chimurenga FESTAC77 Archive
5.30–6pm: Olugbade Okunade featuring Enoch Ogiemwanre
6–7pm: Sista Zai Zanda presents ‘Black Love’ featuring Ziimusic and N’fa Jones
7–8pm: Stani Goma presents ‘Music of the Black Struggle in Australia’ featuring Jason Tamiru

Come into MUMA or tune into PASS to listen live here:

About the organisation

Chimurenga, a pan-African platform of writing, art and politics, was founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002. Drawing together a myriad of voices from across Africa and the diaspora, Chimurenga’s outputs include a journal of culture, art and politics of the same name (Chimurenga Magazine); a quarterly broadsheet called The Chronic; the Chimurenga Library – an online resource of collected independent pan-African periodicals and personal books; the African Cities Reader – a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style; and the Pan African Space Station.

An initiative of the Cape Town-based collective, Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a live radio studio and innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans. The aim of these projects is not just to produce new knowledge but rather to express the intensities of our world, to capture those forces and to take action. This requires a stretching of the boundaries, for unless the form and content of what exists is challenged then the original colonised form is merely reproduced. Chimurenga proposes not only a new set of questions but also its own set of tools; new practices and methodologies that allow them to engage the lines of flight, of fragility, the precariousness, as well as joy, creativity and beauty that defines contemporary African life.

Chimurenga are participating in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2018.

Image: Pan African Space Station (PASS), Ade Bantu live at Freedom Park, Lagos, 2016. Photo: Lanre Orisunmibare

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