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Asher Gamedze

Live In-Conversation Moderator: The Colonel’s Stray Dogs

I am a cultural worker based in Cape Town, South Africa working mainly as a musician, student, a writer, an organiser and an educator. My work as a musician is primarily as a drummer with various ensembles across and between musical traditions of improvised and free music, pop, rock and roll, hip-hop and soul music. I have performed across a number of countries on the African continent, as well as in USA and Europe. Some of the artists and ensembles I have played with include Xhanti Nokwali, Manny Walters, Nduduzo Makhathini, Angel Bat Dawid, volume 2, The Space Section and many others. My debut album as a bandleader, dialectic soul, came out in 2020. As a writer and a researcher my interests include African history, histories of revolutionary thought and practice, Black cultural production, and radical pedagogy. My written work is published in a variety of online popular and news forums, academic journals and independent activist publications. I am part of The Interim which is an autonomous space in Cape Town for radicalising cultural work – education work, political meetings and performance – where we host The People’s Library and a variety of popular education sessions in collaboration with social movements and radical scholars. I am interested, involved and invested in collective study and collective struggle for collective futures.