Back in November 2015, Chief Boima (in his role as Africa is a Country’s managing editor) curated three panels at the Pan African Space Station‘sÂ library-of-peopleÂ installation at theÂ Performa 15 Hub in New York City. AIAC invited Dutty Artz’ DJ Ushka,Â York College Professor and writer Rishi Nath, and AIAC’s photo editorÂ Zachary Rosen to host three podcastsÂ on behalf of Africa is a Country.
TheÂ Pan African Space StationÂ (PASS) is an online music radio station and pop-up studioÂ project of Chimurenga, a Cape Town-based platformÂ founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002.Â On the week of November 9th through the 15th, Â they hostedÂ PASSâ€™ library-of-peopleÂ installation at theÂ Performa 15 Hub in New York City bringing togetherÂ dozens ofÂ talented artists, writers, and intellectuals to discuss contemporary African culture, transnational politics, current affairs, and music in a intersectional space.
It took awhile to get the archives up, but here they finally are and they are worth a listen so check it below. For the full archives from that week, go to Chimurenga’s MixCloud.
On Friday, November 13th,Â AIAC presented:
Block The Road: The Sound of Afrosoca
An exploration of the recent explosion of cross-AtlanticÂ exchange between Caribbean and African musicians, with Rum Nâ€™ Lime Radio co-hosts â€“ Queens-based writer and academic Rishi Nath, and DJ, producer, and Trinidadian Soca ambassador DLife.
On Saturday, November 14th, AIAC presented:
Adrift: A soundtrack for migration
A current and former member of the Brooklyn DJ collective Dutty Artz,Â DJ UshkaÂ (Thanu Yakupitiyage) andÂ Lamin Fofana, talk about Fofanaâ€™s recent EP as a jump-off point to discuss migration â€” from what the Western media has dubbed a European â€œmigrant crisisâ€ stemming from Africa and Syria â€” to other examples of being â€œadrift.â€ The two draw on their personal experiences as immigrants to the U.S from Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone respectively to discuss how theyâ€™ve incorporated heavy themes of (im)migration into their work as musicians and activists. What turned into a two-hour podcast, features both Ushka and Laminâ€™s musical selections as a soundtrack to being adrift â€“ both physically and geopolitically.
And on Sunday, November 15th, AIAC presented:
Seeing voices: Reflections on African photographic portraiture
Zachary Rosen moderates a discussion between guestsÂ Awam Amkpa, a professor of cultural analysis at NYU and curator of the photography exhibition Africa: See you, see me, andÂ Delphine Fawundu, a Brooklyn-based photographer. In her work she focuses on identities through cultural expression; incorporating themes of social justice, music and history.