In May 2017, Many Studios will be hosting a 2-week residency with Mushroom Hour Half Hour as part of Connect ZA 2017 programme. Mushroom Hour Half Hour has invited two incredible musicians to Scotland, Sibusile Xaba and Thabang Tabane, to collaborate with six UK based musicians to create new work. The core artists from the UK are Sura Susso, Omar Afif, Moctar Sy Sawane, Cassie Ejezi, and Melanie Forbes-Broomes, with other artists to be announced. The invited artists all come from diverse musical and traditional backgrounds. Most of the artists have never played together before, often intertwining contrasting musical traditions to create a unique fusion of sound and moment. A series of live performances will be staged throughout the residency, inviting the public to trace the process of the collaboration.
Mushroom Hour Half Hour is an Experimental Music Imprint from Johannesburg. They curate location specific recordings featuring musicians that would not ordinarily play together - musicians from different generations, traditions and musical styles, to form unique, once-off collaborations. This residency is built around the theme of collaboration, both between Many Studios & Mushroom Hour Half Hour, and between artists in UK & South Africa. As well as inviting public to a series of live performances, “MANY Half Hours” will produce a series of recording sessions in and around Many Studios which will be hosted online.
This project has been supported by British Council Connect ZA.