Keleketla! Library

Keleketla! Library, Thath’i Cover Okestra Vol 2, 2013, courtesy Keleketla! Library, photo: Kutlwano Moagi

Keleketla! Library is an interdisciplinary, independent research and media arts project founded by Malose Malahlela and Rangoato Hlasane. Thath’i Cover Okestra pays homage to the legacy of Kwaito, South Africa’s eclectic music movement of the early 1990s. In its search for freedom and universal consciousness, Kwaito lives on in the project’s innovative extensions, additions, omissions, and speculations.

The aim of The Allure of Gold and Other Solidarity Stories is to meditate on artistic symbolic expressions of geopolitical solidarities. The exhibition at HAU2 on June 9 and 10 as well as from June 13 to 16, 2018 investigates the materiality of solidarities with banners, letters, music videos and publications.
On June 15th and 16th the concert Thath’i Cover Okestra, Vol. 5: 17 July to 12 September 1977. Lebo Mathosa is born. Steve Biko is assassinated is a combination of new and familiar participants from Berlin and Johannesburg. Among them are Stella Chiweshe, the internationally known mbira instrumentalist from Zimbabwe, and South African vocalist Masello Motana, known for her on- going project Ntyilo Ntyilo—a vocal museum and live show that performatively archives South African politics through music.

At YAAM will be a discursive programme with sonic lectures, screenings, installations, improvisations and decodings and a club night.

  • HAU Hebbel am Ufer
    (HAU 2, 9., 10., and 13.–16.6.2018)


The Allure of Gold and Other Solidarity Stories, 2018
Club night Exhibition, music and talks, club night Courtesy Keleketla! Library

Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin