Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold

Basler Afrika Bibliographien | Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

Exhibition opening: Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 18:30
28 June – 2 July 2017 | 11:00-19:00
4 July – 14 July 2017 | Tuesday to Friday 14:00-18:00 | Saturday 11.00-16.00 | Sunday and Monday closed

Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold is an exhibition of stories, adventures and experiences of the people who shaped Namibian popular music from the 1950s to the 1980s, whose rich legacy was almost completely destroyed by the cruel exploitation of the apartheid state. The exhibition takes visitors on a musical journey through which questions of cultural identity as well as matters of daily life are explored. How did musicians in Namibia live during that period? Who influenced them musically? How did artists deal with the restrictions of the apartheid system? What repercussions did socio-political realities have on their careers? What concessions had to be made? The exhibition is the outcome of an extensive four-year research project conducted by the Stolen Moments research group.

Archive Talk: Stolen Moments of Namibian Popular Music under Apartheid

Basler Afrika Bibliographien | Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

Saturday 1 July 2017 | 17:00-18:30

The Stolen Moments research project traces popular Namibian music cultures which were either suppressed or ignored under the apartheid system. As part of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien’s series Archive Talks, the project leaders Aino Moongo (Windhoek/Bayreuth) and Thorsten Schütte (Stuttgart) explain historical music trends from Namibian townships and dance halls and reflect on their treasure hunts with Namibian musicians. The talk is moderated by Dag Henrichsen and takes place inside the exhibition space Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.


Ben Molatzi, Wiks Louw, Willy Collins, #Kharixurob, Samuel Flermuis, Kakuja Kembale, The Rocking Kwela Boys, Rita Ikwambi, The Ugly Creatures, Kwela and Lexington, Papa Shikongeni, Phillipus Shehama, David Amukoto, Sandile Pazvakavamwa, Stephan Zaubitzer and many more

Artistic Direction

Aino Moongo (NA) and Dr. Ulf Vierke (DE)

Stolen Moments Research Group

Aino Moongo (NA), Baby Doeseb (NA), Thorsten Schütte (DE)

Team Iwalewahaus

Lucie Ameloot, Alexandra Kuhnke, Sabine Linn, Thorsten Schütte, Wolfgang Spahn, Hercules Viljoen

Team Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)

Anna Vögeli, Christian Vandersee, Dag Henrichsen, Reto Ulrich


Stolen Moments Facebook Page
Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Upcoming Exhibition

25 November 2017 – 14 January 2018 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Opening: Friday 24 November 2017 at 19:00


Kakuja Kembale Documentary

Stolen Moments: Namibian Music History Untold

Stolen Moments. Namibian Music History Untold – Exhibition Iwalewahaus Bayreuth