Rangoato Hlasane is a cultural worker, writer, archivist, DJ and co-founder of Keleketla! Library and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.
As DJ Mma Tseleng, he plays music to expand his research into the social, political and economic significance of South African music, with Kwaito at the centre of his work. He has presented sonic lectures at events such as the Under the Mango Tree gathering of documenta 14 (2017), Kassel, The Night School (2017), Vienna The World Show on Kaya FM (2017), Johannesburg, Year After Zero conference (2013), Berlin, the Someone who knows something, and Someone who know something else: Education and Equality symposium of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul (2013), Porto Alegre and more. His ongoing project, Thath’i Cover Okestra, co-curated with Malose Malahlela, is an experiment in ‘writing’ (South) African music histories and rerouting their family trees. Thath’i Cover Okestra latest volume 5 was presented at the 10th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, with an exhibition, a club night, a gate-fold vinyl/publication and a two-night concert. Most recent work is the sonic-textual tribute to the late Hugh Masekela titled ‘So Sentimental: on father figures and the last days of Bra’s as we know them’ (2018) in the Mail & Guardian culture supplement.