8 episodes

‘Talking Drum' is a limited podcast series brought to you by KONJO, which explores the aesthetic and affective links in Africa’s musical echo-chamber — both within the African continent, and between the continent and the African diaspora in the global south. Through conversations with cultural producers, DJs. researchers and musicians from various geographies, ‘Talking Drum’ moves to explore the archives, and cultural contexts from which various African folk musical traditions emerge, evolve and continue to find vitality. View all episode show notes on www.konjo.co.za

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‘Talking Drum' is a limited podcast series brought to you by KONJO, which explores the aesthetic and affective links in Africa’s musical echo-chamber — both within the African continent, and between the continent and the African diaspora in the global south. Through conversations with cultural producers, DJs. researchers and musicians from various geographies, ‘Talking Drum’ moves to explore the archives, and cultural contexts from which various African folk musical traditions emerge, evolve and continue to find vitality. View all episode show notes on www.konjo.co.za

    LIVE! w/Tumi Mogorosi & Side Bar

    LIVE! w/Tumi Mogorosi & Side Bar

    This episode is a recording of a live taping event that took place under the autumn trees at FARMHOUSE @ 58 in the Cradle of Humankind in front of an intimate live audience. KONJO invited jazz drummer and writer, Tumi Mogorosi to interpret a selection of songs from the Talking Drum podcast series and perform them with an ensemble of his choosing. Tumi’s work is concerned with the Black Sonic as a dislocated episteme, which identifies the aesthetic as a limitation. It is from this position that this episode (re)considers the “jazz standard” and translation/interpretation as it relates to questions of fugitivity and freedom.

    This episode is an experiment with trans-geographic collaboration in a moment of limited physical mobility.

    This episode was co-produced by Zara Julius & Tumi Mogorosi

    Live mix by Garrick Van Der Tuin

    Podcast music by BULI

    Find all the links and show notes from this episode at: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    This project is supported by a Breathing Space grant by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Alsarah - Sudan

    Alsarah - Sudan

    In this episode we’re joined by Sudanese musician and ethnomusicologist, Alsarah — lead vocalist of Alsarah & the Nubatones. We speak about the weaponisation of music as propaganda by a repressive state, both historically and in the wake of Sudan’s 2018/2019 revolution. We also chat through the failure of the nation state, orientalism as it relates to East & North Africa, as well as the legacies of not just European colonialism, but also that of the Turk and so-called Arab empire in the region.

    Special thanks to Tamador Sheikh Aldeen for her guest appearance in this episode.

    This episode was co-produced by Zara Julius & Alsarah

    Podcast music by BULI

    Find all the links and show notes from this episode at: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    This project is supported by a Breathing Space grant by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Oualid Khelifi - Algeria

    Oualid Khelifi - Algeria

    In this episode we chat with Oualid Khelifi, an Algeria born cultural producer and communications strategist at Anzul about his deeply personal relationship to Algerian musics, diaspora-being as kidnapping, and the ways in which the nation state necessitates particular types of sonic responses within both post-civil war Algeria and its vast diaspora.

    This episode was co-produced by Zara Julius & Oualid Khelifi

    Find all the links and show notes from this episode at: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    Podcast music by BULI

    This episode was produced by Zara Julius.

    This project is supported by a Breathing Space grant by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Brenda Sisane - South Africa

    Brenda Sisane - South Africa

    In this episode we chat with South African radio host and jazz tastemaker, Brenda Sisane about the unbounded nature of South African "jazz", the ways music and personal politics are co-implicated as well as the importance of archiving. 

    Find all the links and show notes from this episode at: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    Podcast music by BULI

    This episode was produced by Zara Julius.

    This project is supported by a Breathing Space grant by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte / DJ Jigüe - Cuba (ENGLISH)

    Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte / DJ Jigüe - Cuba (ENGLISH)

    In this episode we chat with Cuban producer Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte aka DJ Jigüe about the dynamic musical relationship between Cuba and the African continent, Cuban medical internationalism and Tropical Afro-Futurism.

    Find all the links and show notes from this episode at: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    Podcast music by BULI

    This episode was co-produced by Zara Julius & Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte.

    English-Spanish translation by Natalie Howard. Voiceovers by Beatrice Pignatelli (Spanish episode) and Julio Sanclemente (English episode) 

    This project is supported by a Breathing Space grant by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte / DJ Jigüe - Cuba (ESPAÑOL)

    Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte / DJ Jigüe - Cuba (ESPAÑOL)

    En este episodio charlamos con el productor cubano Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte alias DJ Jigüe sobre la dinámica relación musical entre Cuba y el continente africano, el internacionalismo médico cubano y el 'afrofuturismo tropical'.

    Encuentre todos los enlaces y las notas de este episodio en: konjo.co.za/talking-drum/

    Música de podcast de BULI

    Este episodio fue coproducido por Zara Julius y Isnay Rodríguez Agramonte.

    Traducción inglés-español de Natalie Howard. Voces de Beatrice Pignatelli (episodio en español) y Julio Sanclemente (episodio en inglés)

    Este proyecto cuenta con el apoyo de una beca Breathing Space de Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

    • 1 hr 53 min

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