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The opening night of “Radical Mutation: On the Ruins of Rising Suns” reflects on the forging of bridges between historical struggles for equality, anti-racism and representation in arts/culture and current efforts for radical change in cultural spaces.

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikorog
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikorog © Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikorog

It features a musical prologue by Lamin Fofana and a conversation between Nyabinghi LAB (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall, Tmnit Zere) and Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio (Moro Yapha Bino Byansi Bjakuleka, Muhammed Lamin Jadama), discussing visions of cultural realities that deeply reflect our complexities and become spaces for alliances, recovery and healing. The conversation is followed by a key note and performance by actor and comedian Idil Nuna Baydar. Through her famous fictional character Jilet Ayşe, an 18 year old Turkish girl from Neukölln, she performs a is a brilliant social satire that dimantles racist stereotypes, structural discrimination and the notion of integration.

The String Archestra will perform fragments from Florence Price (Quartet in G-Dur 1936) and Fela Sowande (African Suite 1951–1952) to retrace the histories of composers from the Black Diaspora, whose music became entangled with narratives of liberation movements. The String Archestra is a chamber string ensemble created in 2016 in Berlin to empower musicians of color in classical music and to recognize composers who have been overlooked in music history because of their ethnicity and gender.

Musical Prologue: Lamin Fofana Introduction: Nyabinghi LAB (Tmnit Zere, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall) and Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio (Moro Yapha Bino Byansi Bjakuleka, Muhammed Lamin Jadama) Performance: Idil Nuna Baydar as Jilet Ayşe Music: String Archestra Radio: Listening at Pungwe (Robert Machiri & Memory Biwa)

Radio Programme in Collaboration with Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio (HAU4):

Listening at Pungwe – the joint project of the Namibian historian Memory Biwa and the sound artist Robert Machiri – deals with German colonial history in their radiophonic lecture performance “Dzimudzangara: A Spectral Figuration of Archival Voices”. The story is about Kingigitile ‘Bokero’ Ngwale, who, obsessed with the spirit medium Hongo, recruits fighters against the German invaders. The artists overlay vinyl recordings from several decades with songs, poems and momentary gestures into the past, and invite listeners to collectively hear and feel that which is invisible.
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