Neva Again: Book Talk and EP Launch in Berlin

12 Dec 2018 - 10:15


Adam Haupt (left) in performance with Eavesdrop (centre) and King Voue (right) at Minor Cosmopolitanisms Weekend(Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), supported by local band Windrush Empire (Picture credit: Quentin Williams).

Prof Adam Haupt joined his co-editor, Dr Quentin Williams (University of the Western Cape), and artists King Voue (Bradley Lodewyk) as well as Eavesdrop (aka Monishia Schoeman) for a book talk and EP launch at Minor Cosmopolitanisms Weekend, a conference hosted at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (6-9 December, 2018) by University of Potsdam, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität, Berlin.

The book under discussion was NEVA AGAIN: HIP HOP ART, ACTIVISM AND EDUCATION IN POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA (edited by Adam Haupt  Quentin Williams, H. Samy Alim and Emile Jansen, HSRC Press, 2019). Neva Again pushes boundaries by presenting research on hip hop using polyvocal, multi-genre and multimodal strategies. These include the presentation of writing by scholars, activists and artists as well as the mixing and remixing of genres of writing and visual and audio modalities.

The book’s related EP, #IntheKeyofB, was launched on a flash drive, which also contained a sample chapter of the book, advanced information and album production credits. The EP brings together the multilingual talents of singers, MCs, poets and instrumentalists from the hip hop, jazz, R&B, soul and blues-rock genres to defy stereotypical representations of the Cape Flats and coloured-black identity politics. The MCs and poets affiliated with#IntheKeyofB provide creative and critical insights into the ways in which racialised and gendered class inequalities (and the systemic violence that they produce) continue to influence lives more than two decades after the fall of apartheid. 

The EP launch took the form of a live performance by Eavesdrop, King Voue and Adam Haupt with local Berlin band Windrush Empire providing the backline. The set, fronted by Eavesdrop, included material from her new EP,Scrolls of the Unseen.