In this episode, we speak to sound artist Kelman Duran about his new work Tabitha and the ideas that have influenced it. Including the book A Billion Black Anthropocene’s Or None by Kathryn Yusoff, words by Denise Fereira Da Silva and a very special star.
Running in French for the first time, Marasa reflects on the radical power of radio, enfolding itself in the specificity of the medium; ephemeral, accessible, evading regimes of visibility. This show loops the only known recorded speech given by Frantz Fanon during the iconic Congress of Black African Writers in 1956 at La Sorbonne.
This is Marasa’s new tape, featuring work by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, an interdisciplinary artist working towards what she calls maximum self-esteem.
It contains two sound pieces created by Rosa, ‘On Opacity, Part 1& 2’ (2017) and ‘Black Poirot’ (2019). With the visual field all but removed, her audio work moves through various meditations on what sound means for regimes of visibility.
The first piece, On Opacity, stages a conversation. It asks what it is to be fully known through the types of information that can be strategically concealed or communicated through sound.
Black Poirot, is what the artist calls “a 20 minute ride on the Orientalised- Other Express investigating a crime no one can remember and an internalized struggle with latent respectability politics. It also features a special appearance from Edouard Glissant in the role that could have defined him.”
Formerly Known as Niafou is a series of radio essays feat. artists who use alternative research mediums to challenge residual forms of subordination in today’s cultural landscape.This is their third tape, featuring artist Tabita Rezaire, who speaks about her work as an artist, decolonial healing, electronic colonialism, technology and erotic power. The Tape also includes extracts of her video work and music from her collaborators including FAKA and Hlasko. The tape is composed of extracts from the talk, “Decolonial Healing: in Defense of Spiritual Technology.
Formerly Known as Niafou (FKAN), is a series of radio essays feat. artists who use alternative research mediums to challenge residual forms of subordination in today’s cultural landscape.
For this, their second edition, they present an experimental interview with artist and poet Tarek Lakhrissi, overlaying spoken word and dialogue with music selected by the artist. This offbeat soundscape covers themes including, music, exposure, the multiplicity of language, questions of belonging and becoming. Expect words about José Esteban Muñoz, Glenn Ligon’s placelessness, Audre Lorde and more.
niafou. tapes is a series of radio essays feat. artists who use alternative research mediums to challenge residual forms of subordination in today’s cultural landscape.
For their first edition, they offer a one hour long soundscape, a commission by dj, researcher and music producer Moesha13. It’s an audio collage made from snippets of films, songs, speech and her own voice.
The piece is named : Existing. Becoming. Where creating is a post-colonial revolt and a practice in becoming visible.