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Shifty September: Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds

Sep 1, 2014

shiftyShifty September is presented by Shifty Records, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg and the South African History Archive (SAHA) present:

A Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibition, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, a music festival to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Shifty September will be taking place in Johannesburg throughout September 2014 to mark the Shifty’s 30th birthday and the 20 years of democracy in South Africa, The Shifty September programme aims to:

  • Celebrate Shifty’s legacy by drawing attention to its rich history and back catalogue at events, and with new album releases throughout the month, culminating in the SHIFTY HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Viva la Différence! at the Bassline on 24 September
  • Use the Shifty Story as a lens to consider the role of protest music in the making of democracy in South Africa through exhibitions, discussions and screenings;
  • Provide wider public access to this history of musical activism through SAHA’s archives (to be available for public consultation at Constitution Hill and online from September 2014);
  • Raise funds for further exciting Shifty projects beyond Shifty September.

The Shifty September Event schedule:

05 September 2014
James Phillips: Famous for not being famous
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

10 September 2014
Voëlvry: The Legacy
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

12 September 2014
The Singing Clubs
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

17 September 2014
We’re Not In It For The Money: The economics of being different
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

19 September 2014
Radio Control: Musical Protest & Politics
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

23 September 2014
A Shifty Story: A chronological journey through the Shifty era
Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Gauteng

24 September 2014
Shifty Heritage Music Festival – Viva la Différence!
Bassline, Johannesburg, Gauteng

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