Schwarz-Weiß-Fotographie mit Mann, der Gitarre und Mundharmonika spielt

(c) John Liebenberg

04.11.2016 - 30.04.2017

Stolen Moments

Namibian Music History Untold

The history of the Namibian popular music from the 1950s to the end of the 1980s lies in the focus of the cooperation between the Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth and the Stolen Moments Research Group in Windhoek, Namibia.

For the first time in 26 years after independence the exhibition project, fostered within the scope of the TURN Fund for artistic cooperation between Germany and African countries by the endowment for culture of the federal government, illuminates the musical culture of the townships which was suppressed and marginalized by apartheid.

Resting upon a collection of material, bringing back to light the long-lost musical legacy of the country through a 6-year period of researching together with a multitude of artists and contemporary witnesses, an exhibition arose which can be seen first in the Iwalewahaus, then in the Afrika Bibliographien in Basel and finally in the Kunstraum Bethanien in Berlin.

The artistic examination of the so far untold musical history not only focuses on the creative work of each and every artist but also reflects on issues of cultural identity, origin and regional history.

In this context amongst others the exhibition has a focus on the ancestral halls of the Namibian popular music through which for the first time pioneering musicians along with their music are made available to the general public.

In conclusion the recovery and display of songs and stories serves not only the illumination of a former dark spot in the younger African music history. The confrontation and examination of the musical legacy and the associated regional history is of great value especially to Namibia to encourage a dialog between the generations which was previously coined by remaining silent on the years of apartheid.

With works of:
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.



The exhibition is accompanied by a diverse accompanying program in which the topic will be enlarged upon through a variety of film presentations, lectures and round table talks.

Exhibtion Opening
04.11.2016, 7.00 p.m.
8.00 p.m. Exhibition tour with Aino Moongo („Stolen Moments Research Group Namibia“).
8.00 - 12.00 p.m. Live music and Live DJ-Set with namibian music.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)
11.02.2017, 02.00 p.m.
With Aino Moongo and Thorsten Schütte, members of the “Stolen Moments Group Namibia” to learn more about the project, the intention and the goals.

Music Archive Listening Sessions
Since October 2014 the Music Archive Listening Sessions take place regularly at the Iwalewahaus where the musical treasures of the music archive – after being looked on and reappraised thematically – are presented. The music archive of the Iwalewahaus notably preserves works of African artists and composers from the mid-twentieth century up to now. It arose out of the intention to collect and document the development of modern and contemporary styles for example in popular music, Christian and Islamic music or music theatre.
The Music Archive Listening Sessions constitute a platform for artists with the opportunity to present their research findings out of the music archive.

11.01.2017, 07.00 p.m.
Listening Session with book launch “Stolen Moments. Namibian Music History Untold”
with the editors and authors Hauke Dorsch (DE) und Eljakim ‚Baby‘ Doeseb (NA).

08.03.2017, 07.00 - 08.30 p.m.
Topic „Freedom & Liberty“: About the freedom to play and write music.

09.02.2017, 07.00 p.m.
“Namibia Generation X“ (documentary, 90 min) and Q&A.

10.02.2017, 07.00 p.m.
“Die Vergessenen (The Forgotten)” (documentary, 60 min) +
“Land Matters“ (documentary, 60 min)
Follwed by Q&A with the film maker and “Stolen Moments Group Namibia“ member Thorsten Schütte.

Further events in march / april 2017:

Come Back Africa
(Lionel Rogosin, USA 1958, 84 min)
Filmscreening and discussion

The musical collection of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation – Findings out of the archive
A labor talk with Detlev Hoegen, Bear Family

Radio from Outer Space - Oral History Revisited
A labor talk with Aino Moongo und Thomas Lauterbach

Guided Exhibition Tours
Guided tours through the exhibition every 2nd Saturday a month at 02.00 p.m.

Additional guided tours:
06.11.2016, 02.00 p.m.
16.11.2016, 07.00 p.m.
08.03.2016, 07.00 p.m.

7,00 € p.P. (Entry fee included)


Press Contact
Tamara Fick
0049921 554514

press anouncement as pdf

Fostered within the scope of the TURN Fund by the endowment for culture of the federal government

04.11.2016 - 30.04.2017
04.11.2016 19:00
28.04.2017 18:00
first floor
Curators: Aino Moongo (NA) und Ulf Vierke (DE)
Team: Lucie Ameloot (DE), Baby Doeseb (NA), Alexandra Kuhnke (DE), Sabine Linn (DE), Thorsten Schütte (DE), Wolfgang Spahn (DE), Hercules Viljoen (NA)
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Stolen Moments at the endowment for culture of the federal government

Farbfoto mit Band auf einem LKW

(c) archiv- und museumsstiftung der VEM

Schwarz-Weiß-Foto tanzender Frau im Blumenkleid

(c) National Archives of Namibia, Ozombuze Magazin

Foto der Ok Bar in Windhoek

(c) Stephan Zaubitzer /

Schwarz-Weiß-Foto mit Frau in Tanzbar, die in die Kamera blickt

(c) Dieter Hinrichs

Schwarz-Weiß-Foto mit Männern, die Radios halten

(c) John Liebenberg