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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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© Rangoato Hlasane

Rangoato Hlasane (b.1981 - Polokwane) is an artist, writer, illustrator, DJ (as Mma Tseleng) and organiser based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the co-founder and co-director of Keleketla! Library and co-curator of the Thath’i Cover Okestra, an evolving music project that investigates the meaning of Kwaito music for a new generation. Rangoato’s work has been shown at Work-Detroit gallery as well as the Johannesburg Art Gallery Project Space. Furthermore, he has implemented collaborative community based arts and development projects around South Africa, most recently in Musina.

Selected Bibliography:
Hlasane, R. (2011): Photovoice, mural art and mapping as mobilizing tools for social change: a case study of a Phumani Paper enterprise. In: FADA Research Newsletter 15. Johannesburg: University of Johannesburg.

Mma Tseleng (Official Website)
Keleketla! Library (Official Website)

Rangoato Hlasane & TEN CITIES
Rangoato Hlasane is participating in the TEN CITIES research part. Therefore he works together with Sean O'Toole to write down the history of club music in Johannesburg and the history of the public spheres that have been formed around club music for the last 50 years. In April 2013 he took part in the TEN CITIES writers conference in Nairobi.

Sabine Bretz