Stolen Moments. Namibian Music History Untold

25 Nov 2017 – 14 Jan 2018

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11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00

Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

Berlin, Germany


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The history of the Namibian popular music from the 1950s to the end of the 1980s lies in the focus of the cooperation between the Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth and the Stolen Moments Research Group in Windhoek, Namibia.


For the first time in 26 years after independence the exhibition project, fostered within the scope of the TURN Fund for artistic cooperation between Germany and African countries by the endowment for culture of the federal government, illuminates the musical culture of the townships which was suppressed and marginalized by apartheid. Resting upon a collection of material, bringing back to light the long-lost musical legacy of the country through a 6-year period of researching together with a multitude of artists and contemporary witnesses, an exhibition arose which was shown first in the Iwalewahaus and in the Afrika Bibliographien in Basel. The artistic examination of the so far untold musical history not only focuses on the creative work of each and every artist but also reflects on issues of cultural identity, origin and regional history. In this context amongst others the exhibition has a focus on the ancestral halls of the Namibian popular music through which for the first time pioneering musicians along with their music are made available to the general public.

In conclusion the recovery and display of songs and stories serves not only the illumination of a former dark spot in the younger African music history. The confrontation and examination of the musical legacy and the associated regional history is of great value especially to Namibia to encourage a dialog between the generations which was previously coined by remaining silent on the years of apartheid.

With works of: Ben Molatzi, Wiks Louw, Willy Collins, #Kharixurob, Samuel Flermuis, Kakuja Kembale, The Rocking Kwela Boys, Rita Ikwambi, The Ugly Creatures, Kwela and Lexington, Papa Shikongeni, Phillipus Shehama, David Amukoto, Sandile Pazvakavamwa, Stephan Zaubitzer and many more.

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