ABOUT ATIYYAH KHAN ///
Atiyyah Khan is a journalist, researcher, selector, crate-digger, event organiser and archivist from Johannesburg, based in Cape Town. She currently freelances as an arts journalist, documenting visual arts, theatre, music, film and other forms of culture in South Africa. Atiyyah is also the co-founder of music collective Future Nostalgia, which hosts listening session around Cape Town celebrating the culture of records. As DJ El Corazon, her sets explore music beyond boundaries forming connections that link the global south to the rest of the world in order to evoke curiosity in the possibility of sound. She has also experimented with making zines; her latest one titled Bismillah, which references Islam and music in Africa. Since 2017, Atiyyah has taken on the role of sound artist in a performance called 100%POP with afro-futurist Zimbabwean dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire, who is based in New York. Read her essay “Music is the Weapon” on Africa is a Country.
Tracklist of Atiyyah’s exclusive mix for this episode ///
1) Goli Kwela – Kippie Moeketsi and The Marabi Band (Clarinet Kwela, 1958)
2) Kulusizi – Dixie Kwankwa (Sadness and Joy, 1959)
2) Meadowlands – Nancy Jacobs and Her Sisters (Meadowlands, 1956)
3) Mra -Gwigwi Mwrebi (Mbaqanga Songs, 1967)
4) Black Heroes – Tete Mbambisa (Tete’s Big Sound, 1976)
5) Yakhal’Inkomo – Winston Mankunku Ngozi ( Yakhal Ínkomo, 1968)
6) Mannenberg – Dollar Brand/ Abdullah Ibrahim (Mannenberg – ‘Is Where It’s Happening’, 1974)
7) Funk Dem Dudu – The Blue Notes ( Blue Notes for Johnny, 1987)
8) Cherry – Basil Manenberg Coetzee (Plum and Cherry, 1979)
9) Ke A Rona (Power to the People) – District Six ( To Be Free, 1987)
ABOUT THIS DAILY PODCAST SERIES ///
As many of us are confined in many places of the world, we wanted to provide you with a daily podcast in partnership with Radio Alhara emitting from Palestine. Our ambition for it is to not add to the saturation of information we are currently experiencing but, rather, to propose a daily extension 15-minute of our political imaginaries.
The concept is very simple. Every day, we ask one person the same question: “what is for you a moment of true decolonization?” The answer can be a historial moment or something they witnessed; something heroic and grandiose, or rather discreet and mundane; a durable blow to the structures of colonialism or a short instant of liberation.
While we are recording this podcast in privileged conditions of confinement, we keep in our thoughts the multitude of people around the world who do not share similar conditions or have no choice but to risk being affected by the pandemic because of criminal policies that have to do with neoliberalism, carceralism, or colonialism
We thank you for listening and wish you and your loved ones the very best wherever you are.
(music by hooksounds originals)
NB. The Funambulist daily podcast is also played every day at 3:30PM, Palestine time, on راديو الحارة Radio Alhara, a new radio produced from locked-down Bethlehem and Ramallah, along with another 15-minute production about worldwide solidarity, created specifically by The Funambulist for the purpose of this show.