05/01/2021 20:00 – 23:00
Tonight’s episode is a takeover by artist Barby Asante and includes a selection of her works, including Declaration of Independence.
“This track features material from early iterations of the Declaration of Independence, before the work was developed into the performance forum that it is now. It is a collage of pieces developed in dialogue with a number of womxn of colour in my network and presented as a soundscape that was dispersed around the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice in 2017. This mix features the words and voices of Samia Henni, Kim “BustyBeatz” Bowers, Ancestress, Chandra Frank and Barby. Music by G-Marie.”
The live broadcast also included a specially made playlist, featuring:
Ella’s Song- Sweet Honey in the Rock
Fanti Pt.1 – Akayevi Dance Group recording
Dagarti – Women’s group recorded in Have Etoe
Turiya & Ramakrishna-Alice Coltrane
What Shall I Tell My Who Are Black (Dr. Margaret Burroughs)- Angel Bat Dawid
Stand With Each Other – Nubya Garcia
Queen in my Empire – Rhythm & Soul feat Jennifer Lara
Note to Self – Jah 9 feat. Chronnixx
I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R
Try – Madison McFerrin
Follow Me- Okyrema Asante & Black Fire
Treading Water – Baby Charles
Raise Yourself Up- Matana Roberts
Sorry Ain’t enough – Sault
Zora’s Moon- Candice Hoyes
And Yet it’s All Love- Fatima
I’ll Keep My Light in Window – New York Community Choir
You can find another version of Declaration of Independence online here. This version is the result of a workshop and a performance in Bergen, Norway, in 2020. The two episodes were made in collaboration with podcast producer Femi Oriogun Williams and some of the participants. The workshop and performance in January 2020 were part of the live programme of Sandra Mujinga’s exhibition “SONW – Shadow of New Worlds” (22.11.2019–19.1.2020) at Bergen Kunsthall.
Barby Asante is an artist, curator, educator, occasional DJ & healer in training. She is concerned with the politics of place, space and the ever present histories and legacies of slavery and colonialism. Her work is produced through collective study, and performative dialogical practices of thinking together and breathing together.