Unyazi Durban

September 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I am in Durban, South Africa, for the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival; tonight I will play a solo set on the marimba lumina and a trio improvisation with Jill Richards and João Orecchia, and tomorrow I’ll give a talk entitled “Towards a Pan-African Experimental Music”. It feels like coming full circle: back in 2005, I was invited to the first edition of Unyazi, then in Johannesburg, and while it wasn’t my first visit to South Africa (that was all the way back in 1997 as the final leg of a project I’d been involved with in Zimbabwe), it was not only a fantastic experience but also the one that set off the sequence of events leading to my close connections with and many friendships in SA, and to now spending a coupe of months a year in Joburg. I have come to love SA and find it one of the most inspiring places, so it feels great to play in Durban for the first time!