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25 Sep 2008

Pan African Space Station - PASS

Hey Cape Town, Wake Up! It is happening right on our doorstep.

The Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a 4-day music intervention from October 1-4, 2008 across Cape Town. The festival, curated by Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga, is presented by the Africa Centre with the support of Spier.

One of the headline acts of the festival will be a unique radio station that will broadcast 30 days of cutting edge music from global Africa to the greater Cape Town. This will be a true meeting place for the diverse music audiences in the city. Volunteer DJs, hosts and producers will be welcome to participate from all of Cape Town's music communities. PASS radio will broadcast from studios in the city centre and live from the city's public spaces: malls, gardens, community centres, and clubs before and throughout the music festival. PASS radio will be non-profit and will not broadcast commercial adverts. PASS radio will launch online in August and intends to migrate to FM radio during September-October. Thereafter, broadcasting will continue online.

The primary aim of the Pan African Space Station is to articulate, musically, the Africa Centre's programmatic theme of entangled nations in an African context. The event is an opportunity for Capetonians and visitors to engage up-close with the rich and complex web of creative expression which binds Africans across the globe.

PASS will not only bring music lovers together, the festival will also seek to acknowledge and profile new and existing independent music venues across the city. The music happenings will be arranged to occur at staggered time and space intervals to help affirm and disrupt, both, music geography of the city. However, these disparate venues across Cape Town will be brought closer together through a temporary transport network of buses, which will serve the festival's routes, facilitating greater mobility in our notoriously rigid cultural environment. Through this approach, venues such as Langa's Guga S'thebe and Assembly in District Six may be linked conceptually. Other selected venues include Mowbray's Town Hall and the Slave Church on Long Street.

The above was the promotion and petition material to get a broadcast licence for The Pan African Space Station (PASS).

Guess what, PASS got the licence and is now broadcasting from September 12 - October 12 on radio and the internet. In the greater Cape Town area they are broadcasting on 91.3FM. Tune your radios.

Listen on the internet - http://www.panafricanspacestation.org.za/listen.php

Like Lonnie Liston Smith said: "Expand Your Mind..." from Expansions

Check out the website on http://www.panafricanspacestation.org.za/

With acts like Carlo Mombelli, Cindy Blackman, Ayetoro, Madala Kunene and many more, the music and spoken word is sure not to be missed.

Come on, get tuned into PASS - "There are other worlds out there they never told you about"

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