Month: June 2015

In this episode we speak to long time friends and musicians, Just A Band from Kenya.

About the Artist

Just A Band. The group was formed when their members were studying at Kenyatta University. They went on to release the song “IWINYO PINY” accompained by a self-made animated music video. Initially the song received little airplay to to its unconventional musical style, but with time they started to gain popularity through underground channels. Their debut album SCRATCH TO REVEAL was relatively successfull. They released their second single HA-HE‘ on 17 March 2010, accompanied by a music video featuring a charater known as Makmende. The video has subsequently been described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. Also their track “HUFF + PUFF” can be hear over the 2012 movie “House at the End of the Street”.

Just A Band is a Kenyan House/ Funk / Disco band whose career was launched with their debut album, “Scratch To Reveal” in 2008. Their Music has explored various musical directions such as, but not limited to, Jazz, Hip Hop, Disco and Electronica.
The Band are also notable for their DIY aesthetic. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music video’s, packaging and promotional items and establishing a strong we and blog presence.

 

About the Episode.

In this episode we speak to renowned art duo Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi on their ongoing The Legend of DISRUPTER X project.

About The Artists

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is an artist and creative researcher working in the fields of drawing, animation, installation and performance. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Artists in New York, The Kitchen in New York, Room Urban Art Space in Johannesburg, the Ithuba Arts Gallery in Johannesburg, the FRAC Gallery in Carquefou, France, and the 2012 Havana Biennale in Cuba. Her research interests include exploring the political possibilities of imagining and occupying what she calls “Mythologies of the Future.” Sunstrum was born in Mochudi, Botswana and grew up living in different parts of Africa, Asia and North America. After completing her Masters in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA, Sunstrum returned to Johannesburg where she currently lives and works.

The Disrupter X Project: Notes from the Ancients. Medium: Installation and Performance.

The Disrupter X Project: Notes from the Ancients. Medium: Installation and Performance.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi was born in New York and has lived in Harare and Johannesburg on and off since the early 1990s. She is a painter, video artist and filmmaker who divides her time between studio work and navigating the field of art as social practice. Her work investigates power and its structures – political, social, architectural. Implicit in her examination of these structures is an interrogation of the invisible forces that create them, and an imagining of alternatives. Her paintings and films have been shown at the Ifa Gallery in Berlin, the South London Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro and the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Reflections on the collaborative project Border Farm will be included in the publications Wide Angle: Photography as Public Practice (Fourthwall) and What We Want is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press). Nkosi obtained her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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The Legend, briefly:
X is a soldier in the Disrupter Army. The Disrupters are dissidents. They are the only force in The World still fighting against The Agency. The Agency turns living things into programmable, interchangeable pieces of data for their army. The Agency will stop at nothing to incorporate everyone and everything into their data-army.

 

 

 

About this Episode
Interview with South African filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba on his latest film Future Sounds of Mzansi. He discusses his discovery of storytelling through Film through his projects and studies in China.

 

ABOUT
Lebo Rasethaba began honing his story telling skills during his time as an undergraduate student at UCT where he studied a general BA with a specialization in filmmaking. With the end goal of wanting to be a highly qualified storyteller, Rasethaba completed an honors degree at Vega as a stepping-stone towards completing a Masters degree in filmmaking.

A natural creative, Rasethaba graduated top of his class at Vega and won several awards with some of his student work being published by the SABC for a campaign.
After a short stint in advertising working as a junior copyrighter where he won a few Loerie Awards, Rasethaba made his way to Beijing to begin a long and unique foray into the world of alternative storytelling. With all the limits opposed on him by the hegemonic society, his surroundings forced him to develop a more lateral approach to storytelling. Five years later, a few awards, and a hunger to be part of the creative black led revolution in South Africa, Rasethaba returned to South Africa and was approached to make a documentary about Comrade Andrew Mlangeni.

At around the same time, best friend and partner in creative crime Spoek Mathambo approached Lebogang to make a film about electronic music in South Africa. Already boasting a long journey in collaboration from music videos to short films, Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang began the journey that would become Future sounds of Mzansi. In the short time he had returned home, he was already shooting videos for heavyweight brands such as Nike, Redbull, and Adidas to name a few. Rasethaba is represented by Egg Films and has recently founded Arcade Content and is making inroads into the world of filmmaking.

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