Report from Unyazi
National Arts Council
nathaniel stern:
Electronic Music Symposium and Festival 2005
Wits School of the Arts, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 1-4, 2005
by nathaniel stern--

Positioning itself as ‛the first festival of electronic music and sonic art in Africa,’ the main successes of Unyazi can be summed up in two words: listening and exchange. Director Dimitri Voudouris and Associate Director Christo Doherty hoped that the festival would open up more potential for experimental sound art in South Africa, by introducing it to the international scene. It also became a platform for the re-examination of the polyphyletic origins of electronic music as rooted in listening, performance, and improvisation--exactly the things that African culture has to offer. [More...]