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Healer Oran

Andrei van Wyk aka Healer Oran is a Johannesburg-based composer, musician and sound artist who has worked in the mediums of dance, film, performance and sound installation. He is currently an MA student in History at Rhodes University focusing on soundscapes, sonic history and dispossession in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

He is also a member of Johannesburg based experimental film production company News From Home alongside artists Simon Gush and Victoria Wigzell.

His most recent compositional work includes a score for ‘The Busiest Airline in Africa’ (2021) by artist Simon Gush , ‘Sounding the Land’ at the Virtual National Arts Festival (2020), ‘Waiting in a Platinum City’ by Joseph Mujere (2021) and ‘Proximal/Distal’ as part of Pro Helvetia’s Breathing Space programme. He was also an editor for ‘Johannesburg Lasts’, a special issue of Ellipses Journal for Creative Research (2021).

He is a member of experimental jazz group The Wretched, alongside drummer Tumi Mogorosi and singer Gabisile Motuba, who released their self-titled debut album with Berlin-based SAVVY records in 2020 and were included in the 2021 compilation ‘Indaba Is…’ released by UK-based Brownswood Recordings.