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The Counter Museum

Masello Motana’s Vocal Museum

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
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31.05. 20:30h

The Wissenschaftsforum zu Köln und Essen regularly invites outstanding academics and artists to set an example for public science and collaborative knowledge production. The artist-in-residence format 2023 deals with experiences of integration and exclusion in post-migration societies. South African vocal historian and performer Masello Motana, who is this year's invited artist-in-residence under the title A Homecoming of Sorts, combines high-quality musical performance with rigorous work on memory. She will perform with 'The Vocal Museum' at the opening of the African Futures Conference in Cologne on May 31 as part of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum program. 


"The Vocal Museum is a memoir performance that explores the South African Song Book through a township narrative experience. When I initially put The Vocal Museum together, I was trying to make sense of my own communal memories because in South Africa, there is no consensus on what our history is about. It is very interesting to be invited to a country that has made firm decisions about its past including repatriation of looted objects. Historically, there is much intrigue and artistically, I look forward to the collaborations. There is also engagement with the museum itself in its state of repatriation and transition and the communities that are part of these conversations around confronting and making sense of history in the present."

-Masello Motana

The performance will feature South African musicians Kegorogile Makgatle and Vincent Ngubane, along with Belgium-based bassist Frank Magongwa and trumpeter Terrence Ngassa from Cologne, performing The Vocal Museum. Motana has performed The Vocal Museum in South Africa at various venues, setting up theaters in public spaces to present the show with a live band.