There are big, decades-old contestations about Kwaito – its meaning, politics and where it drew inspiration. Underlying some of these debates are attempts to situate Kwaito politically – its deeper roots– historical and spatial – and to surface the different ways in which Kwaito’s arrival was received and interpreted. In this webinar, we situate Kwaito side by side with the moment of intensified mass struggles against apartheid and the ultimate dawn of democracy. We consider how in Kwaito; we find explorations of freedom and experimentation with possibility. In a conversation interspersed with sonic demonstrations, poetry, film and performance, we drift between the past, present and future by looking at how Kwaito has morphed, inspired new music and expressions and what the music means for young people today.
Jefferson Tshabalala – Standard Bank young artist award for theatre (2020), writer & director of Ekasi Lam – an Ode to Kwaito
Thingo Mthombeni – producer of the The He(art) of Being Ghettofabulous – a series that explores how Kwaito has played a pivotal role in asserting black humanity and all things Kasi!
Xavier Livermon – Author of Kwaito Bodies: Remastering space and subjectivity in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2020) and an Associate Professor in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.