Audio: Neo Muyanga 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting'

Soweto-born avant-garde composer and performer Neo Muyanga 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting' is a mythic operetta.

Co-founder of the legendary Pan African Space Station with publisher Ntone Edjabe, Soweto-born avant-garde composer and performer Neo Muyanga studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro Piero Poclen at the United World College in Trieste, Italy from '91 to '93. In the mid-nineties, he built a following on both sides of the Atlantic as part of the acoustic pop duo Blk Sonshine, a musical partnership with Masauko Chipembere.

Constantly challenging boundaries, his most recent work The Flower of Shembe is a mythic operetta “based loosely on the lives of past messiahs and drawing on Mithra, the Persian deity, Jesus of Nazareth and Saint Yared in Ethiopia.” DIPALO: a mixtape for those who practice counting, composed, arranged and performed by Muyanga, was released as an audio supplement to issue 16 of Chimurenga magazine. It’s  complex and yet so endearingly beautiful.

>>>Stream: 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting'


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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