Mo Laudi - #decolonizethefestival (cancelled)

Fri 23 Oct 2020 - 20:00 to 21:00

Multidisciplinary composer, sound artist and producer Mo Laudi has been involved in the Afro-electro scene in London for many years. At the request of OORtreders Festival, he works from his South African roots on the naming of the festival, in order to create a new sound artwork. ‘Oortreder' in Afrikaans means 'transgressor' or 'trespasser'. What is the meaning of this term in relation to South African culture and the contemporary history of apartheid? When is someone a transgressor? Who has the power to give a name? The composition criticises the issue of access to, or exclusion from, land imposed by apartheid, which remained unresolved until today. Based on archives and an original score, the sonic architecture of reverbs weave a tapestry or quilt of distant syncopated ancestral drums juxtaposed with voices and organic sounds from South African urban and savannah landscapes. 

Mo Laudi presents new perspectives in the field of sound installation and informed by his South African roots, he is renowned for his key contributions to Afro-Electronic music from a London base during the first decade of the millennium and, since then, from Paris. Mo Laudi experiments with sound as a material. He creates sonic landscapes, mixing vocals, textures and rhythms with his core knowledge and experience of video, fashion, dance, design and music as sociopolitical critique of society. His work questions race, mobility, erasure, post colonial ideologies. It deals with spirituality, African knowledge system and afro futurism to form new pathways of understanding of multiplicities of cultures. Initially influenced by the art of Gerard Sekoto, Ernest Mancoba, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as by the omnipresence of music and dance at home and in the streets of Polokwane, Mo Laudi stays tuned to South Africa and Africa in general, while absorbing countless different approaches and encounters to form his own language.