Screen/Society--Aural Futures--"Future Sound of Mzansi"
Film: "Future Sound of Mzansi" (Nthato Mokgata+Lebo Rasethaba, 2015, 88 min, South Africa, in English). This documentary aims to explore, express, and interrogate South Africa's cultural landscape, 20 years into its democracy. A chief vehicle of this exploration is electronic music, a staple of South African popular culture. The film explores the past, present and future of the scene and its multiple sub-genres, presented through the eyes of internationally acclaimed artist Spoek Mathambo. / Preceded by Ibaaku, "Djula Dance"(Loic Hoquet, 2015, 3 min)
About the Aural Futures Series:
Often music is the first introduction to the cultural movement Afrofuturism. Curated by Ingrid LaFleur from AFROTOPIA & Negar Mottahedeh at Duke University, Aural Futures is a film series that explores the foundational musical aesthetics of Afrofuturism, with its multiple realities, temporalities, and philosophies of technology. To complete the music ecosystem, we have curated a selection of storytellers and performers from Detroit and Durham to create an Afrofuturist evening of musical vibes and visions (Oct 26, 9pm in Duke Coffee House).
Part of "Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom", a 9-week art exhibit & accompanying series of conversations, screenings, performances, residencies, and workshops at Duke University organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars & Publics. Info: aponte.dukefsp.org