Diasporic Sound: Migration, Resilience, and Remix

Activist, DJ, and A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) curated a conversation on the impact that migrations from South Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean have had on the creation of diasporic, border-traversing sounds. Panelists discussed the role of globalization and digital culture in expanding the reach of diasporic music at the same time that many nation states tighten their borders and restrict the flow of migrants. Featuring Ana C. Calle / LaPhDj (University of Texas, Austin), Rekha Malhotra / DJ Rekha (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Suzanne Persard (Emory University), and Boima Tucker / Chief Boima (Africa is a Country / INTL BLK).

No Borders, an after-party and fundraiser featuring DJ sets by Ushka, Oscar Nñ (Papi Juice)‏Riobamba (Discwoman)Chief Boima (INTL BLK), and DJ Rekha and a performance by Lua Preta (Angola), followed.

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