Panorama Screening Series presents AFRICAWIRED: Youth Culture, Hip Hop & Digital Culture Remixed, a screening, performance and exhibition exploring the relationships between youth culture, hip hop and digital culture in Africa.
AFRICA WIRED features series of short films curated by Isolde Brielmaier and Tumelo Mosaka, with a live performance by spoken word poet Kgafela oa Magogodi. The event will conclude with a reception and music by DJ Stone.
Hip-hop culture is a driving force in the international cultural scene, bridging racial, economic, cultural and global boundaries. By focusing on hip hop in connection with the cultural production of youth in Africa, curators Brielmaier and Tumelo explore the sampling and mixing of sounds that exemplifies centuries of cultural exchange. This phenomenon of exchange and sampling, integral to hip-hop, is not new to Africa—it reflects the complexity and diversity of cultural traditions that continue to inform an African experience and Africa’s interactions with the world. The segments presented in Africa Wired introduce the idea of exchange and sampling and shed light on the plight of the youth as they assert themselves and struggle to have their voices heard around the world.
October 6, 8pm
Hip Hop: The New World Order, Muhammida El Muhajir, 24 minutes
Hip Hop features footage from South Africa and Brazil to reveal a common identity of self-expression through musical impact on global youth culture. -
Scratch, Mix and ?, (2003), Abdulkadir Ahmed Said and Bridget Thompson, 25 minutes
Featuring rap musicians from Zanzibar, Scratch, Mix and ?, provides a background for understanding the musical heritage of African influence on contemporary genres.
Ouga Hip Hop, (2004), Benny Malapa, 5 minutes
Ouga Hip Hop presents Senegalese (“Land of Djolop”) interpretations of Hip Hop. With a strong reggae and traditional sounds these artists seek to transform Rap into a language that is unique to the experience of Africa.
Websites featured:www.rage.co.za – Black Rage Productions, Johannesburg, South AfricaOn-going website installation for public use featuring new and varied African websites and projects that address youth culture, music and popular culture throughout the continent.
Isolde Breilmaier is a New York-based curator and critic focusing on internationalcontemporary art and popular culture. She currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Vassar College while continuing to curate and write on contemporary art. Brielmaier is the co-Founder and co-Director, along with Trevor Schoonmaker, of The Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art (BICA – www.bicany.org), slated to open in 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University.
Tumelor Mosaka is assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum. He served as curator for the exhibition Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley Paintings and co- curator for Open House: Working in Brooklyn. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Mosaka participated on the 1995Johannesburg Biennale on which occasion he curated two exhibitions dealing with black identity. He received his graduate degree from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. identity. He received his graduate degree from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. identity. He received his graduate degree from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College,New York.
Filmmakers and artists:
Abdulkadir Ahmed Said is a prize winning film-maker from Mogadishu, Somalia who has been in exile for more than a decade. He is a former director of programming for Somali Television and a former East African regional secretary of FEPACI(Federation of Pan African Cineastes).He learned his craft in Russia, Italy and through 'guerilla' film-making in Somalia. He has produced, written, directed and assistant-directed many films.
Bridget Thompson is a documentary film-maker from Cape Town whose work focuses on untold stories and hidden history. She began film-making in the 80's in an attempt to reclaim stories and knowledge suppressed during the years apartheid. Since attending the Zabalaza Cultural festival in London in 1990 and meeting and engaging with, amongst others, HaileGerima, Med Hondo, Flora Gomes, Sarah Maldoror and Gaston Kabore she has been inspiredby the African Cinema movement and has attempted to bring its aesthetics, principles and practices into her work.
Muhammida El Muhajir, is an award winning filmmaker who received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology with a double minor in Chemistry and Radio, TV & Film. She furthered her studies in International Relations at the University of Ghana. Her talents and connections inthe media and entertainment business have offered her experience as a casting director, talent manager, and positions at the William Morris agency, and as marketing manager at Nike.
Kgafela oa Magogodi is a visiting professor at Tisch School of the Arts for the fall 2005 semester. In Johannesburg, South Africa he teaches film, theater and performance at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Witwatersrand. His screenplays include Yeoville Blues and Valentines (1997) and Shoot First Laugh Last (1998). His self-published poetry includes Book of Revelashinz (1998), Love Thighs Lies (1997), and his book Thy Condom Com, is published by New Leaf. Kgafela oa Magogodi is a frequent contributor to local South African magazines writing about spoken poetry as it unfolds in South Africa and abroad.
Born in Gaborone, Botswana, Ketshidile Tiro Matale aka DJ Stone moved to NYC in the winter of 2000. While working in music production, he understood what his favorite artist, Fela Kuti touched on when stating that "Music is a weapon." To understand the power of music for change was his impetus to get behind the decks. He plays a blend of african, world beat, hip-hop, reggae, house, and jazz music in popular Manhattan and Brooklyn venues. In an effort to broaden his audience, he is currently running two internet radio programs, an afternoon show on Southern African Radio (www.sarfmradio.com) and an late night program on EVR (www.eastvillageradio.com.)
People: Abdulkadir Ahmed Said, Abdulkadir Ahmed Said and Bridget Thompson, Benny Malapa, Bridget Thompson, Isolde Breilmaier, Kgafela oa Magogodi, Muhammida El Muhajir, Tumelor Mosaka
Research: Moving Image Studio