African AD - Music Intervention
Various locations throughout Stellenbosch
“We Cannot Arrest The Sound”
Tracing sound and sonic scapes as archive and knowledge production is a way to engage with music and songs as a connection through time; a map holding old memories and future stories.
Through African AD we explore African sounds and dancing as a constant connection and conversation with the cosmos. We examine how movement breathes life into things, how it is a call to maintain an equilibrium between reverie and reality. If music is an expression of spirit, then performance is spirit embodied. African AD thus explores the congregation of sounds and vibrations that permeate Africa by inviting artists, musicians, DJ’s to search the archives and put into composition their encounters and experiences via this platform.
Curator: Khanyisile Mbongwa
Our sound collective is called Izanusi.
IZANUSI divine with sound and word, opening portals that create space for mutual recognition and collective healing. Our approach is improvisational and continuous with the sonic traditions of iingoma zamagqirha, umombelo, whilst also fusing and exploring the vast sonic possibilities of indiginous vibration or isingqi.
We engage with sound as a gateway to bridge time and space, the realm of the living and that of the ancestors, and through our sonic transmittions we seek to reestablish spiritual order and harmony within self, community and world.
DJ Mighty is a Cape Town based vinyl collector and selector of note. He simply loves music – all shapes, all sizes, all sounds, all styles – from house to jazz to funk to afro. For over a decade he’s been spinning strictly vinyl sets all over the continent, from townships and jazz clubs to large scale festivals. With a spiritual yet festive approach to his sets, one thing is guatanteed, you feel the energy that is ancestral and futuristic.
Zara Julius is a Johannesburg based multidisciplinary social artist and vinyl collector whose work is concerned with the relationship with the relationship between aesthetics and freedom. She works with sound, video, performance and objects, and her practice involves the collection, selection and creation of archives through extensive research projects. Concerned with the ethics of representation, Julius’s use of co-productive methodologies help ensure her subject areas are triangulated. The bulk of her projects have focused on mapping the sonic and spiritual mobilities of religious rapture and rupture with congregants of syncretic religions, and on (post) apartheid narratives around race and place as they pertain to intimate archiving practices.
DJ Fosta is a Cape Town based DJ from KwaLanga. Cape Town. “Music Is The Answer & Can Change Peoples Lives. Im One Of The Case Studies To Prove That. It Is A Universal Language That Can Bring Us Together. Regardless Where You Come From What Culture Or Background You Come From, We All Share The Same Love For Music. Music IS the Cure!” DJ Fosta