FAM CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! This December marks 5 YEARS of Ushka & Beto throwing iBomba together!! You’ve danced with us when we were Monday nights at Bembe, then Thursday nights, then when we moved to the incredible C’mon Everybody for second Fridays. (more…)
The tragedy that struck Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last Saturday has rocked the core of queer & trans people of color communities.
In a show of solidarity and to raise funds for the families of the victims – some of New York City’s QTPOC deejays (including members Ushka and Riobamba of Dutty Artz) who foster queer spaces have organized this event and will deejay sets to honor the Latinx and Black queer family who have passed in Orlando.
Back in November 2015, Chief Boima (in his role as Africa is a Country’s managing editor) curated three panels at the Pan African Space Station‘sÂ library-of-peopleÂ installation at theÂ Performa 15 Hub in New York City. AIAC invited Dutty Artz’ DJ Ushka,Â York College Professor and writer Rishi Nath, and AIAC’s photo editorÂ Zachary Rosen to host three podcastsÂ on behalf of Africa is a Country.
Dutty Artz has been planning a little takeover of Toronto’sÂ Harbourfront Centre for awhile now. We were asked months ago to showcase how it is that we curate this thing called “global bass” – and tonight, we’re doing that and teaming up with some friends and partners for Harbourfront Centre’s Party on the Block. While Chief Boima was supposed to join me, some unexpected hiccups unfortunately led to him being unable to come. HOWEVER – we quickly called on our extended Dutty Artz family and are pleased that tonight’s line-up is a all-brown women, bad gyal line-up spanning origins from Sri Lanka, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Pakistan. How better to experience a sense of connectivity and politics through migrant music if not in the hands of women?
If you haven’t been to the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Fort Greene, you are missing out. One of my favorite museums, I first came across MoCADA in 2008 when I reviewed Dread Scott’s “Welcome to America” exhibit at the museum for Racewire (now Colorlines). Founding in 1999, MoCADA is known for its progressive programming, featuring exibits from renowned and upcoming black artists that are shifting the conversation on blackness, diaspora, race, and American culture.
You cold? Come be warm with us.
Tonight, we’re getting a special treat at iBomba with a line-up from Chicago, Washington D.C, and Montreal.
Y’all gonna like this one coz we’re letting you get your workÂ out in early before you stuff yourself onÂ turkey day.
On Wednesday, November 26th, QUE BAJO?! meets BASEMENT BHANGRAÂ Â in what has now become an annual pre-thanksgiving mashup of Cumbia vs Bhangra, Bollywood meets Barranquilla, and Samosas meet Empanadas at our dancefloor dinner tableÂ in this friendly audio culture clash in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more…)
You know about Saturday’s party but what you may not know we are planning on getting you there.
If you are in Brooklyn or Queens, to add to your QB experience, we invite you to hop on one of our party buses letting you start your pre-gameÂ music-filled party bus direct to our venue at Court Studio in Long Island City.
Pioneering Brooklyn-based deejay DLife and independent music and culture writer Rishi Bonneville are teaming up to fill what they see as a void in global bass music online: mixes with a heavy dose of soca. While the Trinidadian art form has recently gained popularity outside of Caribbean, mostly for its 100+ BPM and its festive themes, most American, European and Japanese encounters with the music involve a few select songs. (more…)
This coming Sunday, July 27th at 5PM, Dutty FamÂ Ripley and Ushka are stepping up to the decks at Lincoln Center for Globalfest’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors.Â The line-upÂ also featuresÂ electronic Bollywood Raga musician Charanjit SinghÂ who is making his U.S debut andÂ BaianaSystem, whoÂ appearÂ on the recentÂ Kafundo Vol. 1Â compilation. (more…)