In the third episode of WHAT’S WRONG WITH GROOVIN? curated by DJ Kenzhero and Tha_Muzik, and narrated by Lebohang Masango we delved into the highly controversial and contentious topic of land. Laying at the heart of a society’s security, culture and heritage losing land has caused generations of people to lose  access to critical resources which in turn has threatened livelihoods, triggered conflicts and erased histories.

Insecure land rights have deeply affected people on the continent, and the third episode unpacked the ripple effect of land displacement. Colonies were made for the economic exploitation of natural resources and human labour—there is no greater example of this than what has taken place on the continent.

The episode unpacked the mass destruction caused by these colonial borders that still have an effect on the continent. The “Scramble for Africa”, a moment during the Berlin conference in 1985, saw different European powers cut Africa into pieces,  theirs for the taking. Taking control of Congo post the infamous conference, King Leopold II’s rule can only be described as a dark history of genocide and human rights violations in around the minerals industry. The DRC  is known to be rich in many resources including coltan a mineral which powers multi-million dollar technology industries. The people at the core of mining this ore today, however, do not see any of its wealth.

The episode also interrogated who gets to project their romantic narratives of the land and its ownership. South African landscape artist Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef is known for paintings of the country’s wilderness which through his eyes is mostly  unpopulated . Hailed for his depiction of our beautiful country the selective nostalgia of his work comes into questions as the era in which he was creating was a time where Black people could not  move freely in and out of these landscapes. In contrast activist Sifiso Ntuli, helps us reclaim these histories through the Bantu Trek’s, which interrogate the “first settler” narrative in and around Johannesburg.

We can’t think of the spatial geography  of what our country without thinking about the brutal history of forced removals, which were formalised by the Group areas act of 1950. The episode gave a nod to Cosmas Desmond who in his book , The Discarded People, gave a poignant account of how millions of Black people were uprooted from their homes into slums and townships. The episode also touched on the present-day anxieties of navigating the spatial geography of Johannesburg for Black Women, from suburbia to taxi ranks—  and how women take back those spaces through the power of protest.

Here is the tracklist for WHATS WRONG WITH GROOVIN episode 3, if you missed it:

  1. Letta Mbulu – What Is Wrong With Groovin’
  2. Malombo – Sangoma
  3. Blue Lab Beats feat. Theo Crocker – Vibe Tribe
  4. Raw Artistic Soul feat. Ursula Rucker – The Light
  5. Renovation Unlimited feat. Roy Ayers – Antonata
  6. Sathima Bea Benjamin – Africa
  7. Dwight Trible – Ooh Child
  8. Courtney Pine – I’ve Known Rivers (4 Hero Remix)
  9. Nina Simone – Baltimore
  10. Ulysees Owens Jr – Yakhal’Inkomo
  11. Ebo Taylor – My Love And Music
  12. Mop Mop feat. Anthony Joseph – Let I Go
  13. Wunmi – Comercialism
  14. Theo Crocker – This Could Be For Travelling
  15. Zara McFarlane – Peace Begins With You
  16. Mirriam Makeba- Sophiatown
  17. The Sahara All Stars Of Jos – Feso Jaiye
  18. Chaos In The CBD – Midnight In Peckham
  19. Joao Donato – Emorio
  20. Sonar Kollektiv Orchester – Universal Love
  21. Eddie Henderson – Inside Out
  22. The Last Poets – Understand What Black Is
  23. Bonobo – The Keeper
  24. Ski Oakenful – This One;s 4 U
  25. Condry Ziqubu – The Land Is Ours
  26. Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces
  27. Yukihiro Fukutomi – All Over The World
  28. Dolly Rathebe – Meadowlands
  29. Weather Report – Birdland
  30. Yazmin Lacey – Body Needs Healing
  31. Nigtmares On Wax – Morse
  32. Amy Jones & Jay Em – I Wanna Know
  33. Lord Echo – Woah! There’s No Limit
  34. Asheru & Blue Black – Elevator Music
  35. Fela Kuti – Colonial Mentality
  36. Dj Kenzhero & Tha Muzik – What Is Wrong With Groovin


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