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Anarchist Africa::When Visions Fall From Sky.A new IR::Sankara Future Dub Resurgence Release

Anarchist Africa:When Visions Fall From Sky. A new IR::Sankara Future Dub Resurgence Release

Based in Uganda, the musicians IR::Sankara Future Dub Resurgence like to describe their music as “Future Dub.” They take elements of noise, non-metric riddims, experimental electronics, dub reggae and dub poetry, and djembe and nyabinghi drumming together to create the unexpected.

You can purchase the album here on Bandcamp

The opening lyrics to “Anarchist Africa” set up the critical, yet self-reflective, mindset of this mini-album.You can get

Sometimes it’s necessary to question    

the paradigms that have been implanted in our minds.

So we ask you to be pensive

as opposed to defensive.

Lyrically, these tracks aim to challenge our political and cultural concepts, especially of the African subcontinent and its colonial as well as pre-colonial histories.

Those who seek to reclaim our African glory  

so often put 

centralised African kingdoms

like Kemet, Mali, Kush 

at the center of their story

name-checking kings and queens

to add to the sheen

But Africa was more than those anarchist examples,

more common than we suppose.

In fact, 

these centralised kingdoms were a minority

Design by Dubzaine

“Anarchist Africa” also addresses the history of indigenous people in Africa and how their lives and contributions have been evaluated.

Are we not detracting from African indigenous peoples

who chose instead to humbly respect and flow with the earth 

acting as caregivers of this land 

on which we stand?

Africa’s anarchist and anti-authoritarian traditions are presented on this track to give a radically different perspective of the continent’s political story.

The track “When Visions Fall From Sky” pays homage to African ancestral practices, emphasizing the mystical experience while challenging the grand narratives and stereotypes that have been made (and used against) African peoples throughout modern  history. It utilises bass-heavy voices of dub poetry and jagged, dub-inflected percussion. Together, these elements have the piercing effect of presenting what Sankara Future Dub Resurgence describe as “Our African story” (as opposed to his story):

18th century literacy rates in West Africa

in places like Senegal

were two to three times higher

than any place in Europe at the same time

BOOM!

Plantation records in America 

were often kept by enslaved African Muslims

using African languages written in Arabic script

because the slave owners could not read or write

BOOM!

In 1770, before the French and American revolutions,

There was a revolution in Futa Toro, West Africa 

That not only abolished slavery, but kingsa

BOOM!

They can’t take the book from you 

If you are the book.

The “BOOM” behind each message represents the power of remembering African knowledge-traditions in light of racist, historical erasure. As photographer and musician Aniruddha Das notes, “seldom is there ANY depiction of African people with books or reading.”

This EP was created physically and virtually with the collaborative forces of IR::Sankara Future Dub Resurgence, Herman “Soy Sos “Pearl, Dhangsha, the Professor Of Dub and others in the Shadows.

Lastly, this EP is incomplete without director Joshua Black Alibet’s film visualization of the track “When Visions Fall From Sky.” Filmed on the beautiful Ugandan island of Senene, it uses the natural lighting of the early morning sunrise to create luminous, soft textures. It draws on the subtleties of the colour spectrum in ways that evoke Daughters Of The Dust (1991), a landmark work of African-American cinema in which director Julie Dash handled lighting in ways that caressed its Black protagonists in a beautifully affirming manner. You can watch Alibet’s film here on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/473864476

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