54Lights with Kondwani Mwase
54Lights with Kondwani Mwase

Episode 65 · 4 months ago

Forward Ever Backward Never (0.54)


The opening curtain rises again on 54Lights podcast. 

This season, one unlike we've ever had, will unfold in a slow and stead burn. We will light up Africa by meeting (at least) 54 guests (daughters, sons and stars) with roots in (at least) 54 countries so that they can give us (at least) 54 heartfelt stories from the great continent.  

We're telling these under told stories from Africa (from Africans), to all corners of the globe. And because each guest has a unique and flavour-filled tale to tell, we will tell these stories with care. So that they can shape and reshape and reframe the African narrative, one story at a time. 

POST SCRIPT - While we're going to try to march the map, and get a voice from one person with roots from each nation, we embrace the truth - that one voice cannot speak for a nation and, better yet, that a nation is an oversimplified construct. Culture is rich and textured and complicated. It is one voice and many voices all at once. It is calm through havoc, quiet through chaos and unity through plurality. And so we invite you to join us with open hearts, open minds and open ears. 

Enjoy the African experience and find yourself in every play.    


Thanks to;

  •  the family at KIF Radio for helping us find so many musical geniuses
  • the surgical precision of Roland Best at E-Rol Beats for composing our theme 
  • the team of stand up supporters - Siphiwe Mwase, Ariana Bursato, Patience Adamu, Mohsen al Attar and many many more...  

Find and follow 54Lights 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/crowd54/

Email guest referrals, comments and stories to kondwani@54lights.com (feedback welcome...complaints and hate, not so much) 

ABOUT 54Lights

54Lights is committed to elevating creative voices through authentically told stories. We showcase Africa for the world, through uniquely inspiring narratives that will, hopefully, stir the soul and steer the conversation about the dark continent.

From our sound stage and auditory office to your hearts and ears across the globe. The following has been crafted with care for your listening ears. I cannot go back, not now, not ever, back to yesterday, back to a space and place that's formed by memory. It is too painful, too joyful and, frankly, too late. Instead, I choose and I move forward forward to tomorrow. I do this because I must. The clock, after all, is taking I also do this because I trust. I trust...

...that people together have power. I know that culture, collectively can do anything, and so it is with these telling truths that I commit to moving ever forward forward into tomorrow and that walk, my walk, our walk, begins today. Good morning, good day or good evening, and welcome to season four of fifty four lights. This will be our last season, a journey which began at the side of my desk a few years ago and forced its way to the center of my heart. Over the first few seasons, I was motivated by a thirst to reshape narratives that cast a long and shady shadow on the great continent. These shadows were basic and they were depictions that damaged...

...and so I reached out and I leaned in I met with entrepreneurs, strategists, chefs, artists, all culture creators to try and shed light on the complex beauty of the place I call home, to light up Africa by telling authentic and somewhat undertold stories of and through its people. In this, our final and fourth season, that journey continues. We're marching ever forward in a slow and steady burn. Over the next fifty four or so episodes, we're going to travel the continent, one beautiful country at a time. Will cast our auditory gaze on the culture and character of the people through music, some fun facts and, most pointedly, through the Lens of our great guests,...

...from Angola to Malawi to Zimbabwe. Will tell these tales through culture creators and inspirational innovators who are defining the complex African experience. Our first few shows will be interviews with community allies, artists like Calvert Jones, indigenous activist January JERKSA and, potentially, fingers crossed, the former Governor General of Canada, if you can believe it. That'll just be the start of our journey. We'll follow it up with guests from Miss Wattini and Gola, Comoros. Okay, you get the point. We're going to all fifty four countries on the continent and it is going to be glorious. For those of you who don't know, my name is Candwanians, Ethiopian born, Canadian raised and proudly Malawian. As you'll come to know, I'm a an africanist that finds inspiration, energy...

...and purpose in creative spaces. This show, which is dedicated to the living memories of my dear sister and my loving dad, is my pursuit to better understand what shapes and defines culture. It is the manifestation of my passion and my curiosity. Don't forget to hit subscribe so you won't miss a beat. Find and follow us on social at crowd sit forward and lend us your ears. And so it begins anew.

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