Mo Laudi - New Commission

24/10/2020

Starting from today, you can listen for a month to the new sound composition by Mo Laudi in Klankenbos info point Radio Forest. The composition was specially made for OORtreders Festival and examines the meaning of the festival's naming in relation to apartheid and his family history.

Multidisciplinary composer, sound artist and producer Mo Laudi has been involved in the Afro-electro scene in London for many years. At the request of OORtreders Festival, he works from his South African roots on the naming of the festival, in order to create a new sound artwork. ‘Oortreder' in Afrikaans means 'transgressor' or 'trespasser'. What is the meaning of this term in relation to South African culture and the contemporary history of apartheid? When is someone a transgressor? Who has the power to give a name? The composition criticises the issue of access to, or exclusion from, land imposed by apartheid, which remained unresolved until today. Based on archives and an original score, the sonic architecture of reverbs weave a tapestry or quilt of distant syncopated ancestral drums juxtaposed with voices and organic sounds from South African urban and savannah landscapes.