ZILIN is a musical journey with performance that highlights the notion of a borderless Africa through its musical explication. It is situated in the idea of audiotopia and music as a practice of borderlessness through the sonic power of travel across place and time. The intention of the ritual performance is to imagine a trans-temporal offering, singing towards the healing and future of Africa and its diaspora. The selected musical material will focus on singing into space, across borders and to the first and future stars to highlight the power of music as a migrating, moving and mobile force.
This project is an African restitution of sound because some of the material that will be used has been kept in institutional archives which are generally inaccessible to African youth. The project is a reclaiming of African heritage of song and musical production. Part of this process requires communality between performers and audiences, a standard practice in African performance. The work is titled ZILIN, an experimental vocal technique from Benin that is often used by leading African musician Angelique Kidjo. Zilin as musical style is also used in Vodun rituals and practices.
Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is co-hosted by the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme at Rhodes University, which is supported by the NRF/DSI SARChI Chair programme in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa.