Ep 25. Aniruddha Das AKA Dr Das. Dub Noise and Politial Frequencies

June 1, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 25:

Intro:

Hello everyone. I am your host Tobi and welcome to the 25th episode

This week I talk to Anirrudha Das AKA Dr Das in the second part of his interview where we talk more about what is Asian dub Foundation, his solo projects, the importance of his collaborations and the political effect of dub noise and political frequencies.

He also told me of a debut of his new album and his new electronic solo project in Poplar London on Friday the 31st of August, named “Dhangsha”, the Bengali word for destruction. Also his friend and collaborator Gary from Dub Morphology will be doing a debut gig for “Bantu” on Friday the 24th of August.

 

Outro:

Listening back to this part of his interview I’m reminded of how engaged and passionate he is with politics, culture and racism. I went to se Asian Dub Foundation at the Garage in London and their live music set was every bit as visceral and hard hitting as Anirrudha’s interview.

 

You can find Anirrudha's work with ADF and his solo Projects and collaborations here:

Anirrudha Das Music and Production

Dr Das on Sound Cloud

Asian Dub Foundation

Gary Stewart. Dub Morphology

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Ep 24. Aniruddha Das AKA Dr Das of the Asian Dub Foundation Part 1

May 7, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 24:

Intro:

Hello everyone. I am your host Tobi and welcome to the 24th episode

This week I talk to Aniruddha Das AKA Dr Das about, his family education with the Indian Harmonium that has influenced his work in the Asian Dub Foundation and his solo projects, and the principle of dub in dub music and dub photography

I will be going to a concert at the Garage in London to see the Asian dub Foundation so come along to see them. You can find Aniruddha and Asian dub Foundation on the website links listed below

Now please enjoy

Outro:

As you can hear from my voice that I loved my interview with Aniruddha. In the next episode he will be talking about his other projects and the political features of his music and dub music in general. Ketch you next week

 http://thegarage.london/listings/sherwood-at-the-controls-feat-asian-dub-foundation/

http://asiandubfoundation.com/site/

https://soundcloud.com/dr-das

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Episosde 23. Mansplained Masculinity

April 30, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 23:

Intro:

Hello everyone and welcome to the 23rd episode

I am your host Tobi.

In this episode we return to Dave Pickering, the author of Mansplaining Masculinity, who also did a podcast and did a show before that. This week we return to the same issues, in dealing with how men are both perpetrators and victims of patriarchy. I’ll be putting up all the links to his shows Getting Better Acquainted and the Family Tree and Mansplaining Masculinity. So please enjoy

Outro:

Once again a fascinating guest with loads of interesting things to say. You can find his podcasts, Mansplaining Masculinity in the podcast show notes. You can also find Getting Better Acquainted, of which I’m one of his guests and The Family Tree which is an improvised drama.

Next week I’ll be having Anidruddha Das (AKA Dr Das) of the Asian Dub Foundation, where he talks about racism, activism and the Asian Dub Foundation as well as his other solo projects, and his photography, so see you next week

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Ep 22. June Reid, Nzinga Sound System

March 26, 2018

Podcast Show Notes: All links below

Episode

Intro:

Hello everyone and welcome to the 22nd episode. I am your host Tobi.

In today’s episode there’s a slight change to the previously planned episode.

That episode with Dave Pickering will be published next week.

This week’s interview will be with June Reid. She is a fellow masters student who is also a sound system operator, with DJ Ade in Nzinga Sounds, where she plays dub reggae and other music around the Lewisham area. She talks about her studies in relation to African Caribbean female sound system operators, and also her struggles of being a female sound system operator in a very male dominated culture.

She also talks about when she was a DJ at SLR pirate radio station, 99.5. Amongst the people she interviewed was Betty Wright and Ziggy Marley. This was really interesting for me as it reattached me to my roots, of listening to this music in East London and my own West Indian background.

Also before I start the interview I’d like to introduce you to two poets I meet at that weekend. Dee Boo General AKA Donavan Christopher, who organised a toasting workshop for me and several other people. And also a poet I meet at the workshop called GNia, the Diction, Conviction, poet. They gave me poems for you to listen to so please enjoy.

Poems:

Dee Bo General:

My name’s Donavan Christopher. I’m a Yorkshire lad, with a Jamaican mum and dad.

We don’t have a Yorkshire accent, we have a Yardshire accent!

Different!

When did you really stop and think, sometimes you haven’t even got time to blink

This one’s simply called, Different! And it goes like this!

Who decides, what different is like, are we sure of wrong and right

To be different, is a strange thing, if you really know what different is like

But who decides, what different is like, what’s different, brown, black or white

For you to know I’m different, you must be different too

So whose different difficult, is it me or is it you

Do I complain, now I refrain, from trying to be like you

That makes me different difficult, for not agreeing with your view

Well many are called, called are many, the chosen are only a few

So let’s try to compromise, my wrong could be your right

But I don’t care whose different, is it brown, black or white

­­­­­­­­­­­Greetings people, my name’s GNia:

I’m a poet from Forest Hill and part of Torridan writers group. Shalom. Peace. This is about identity.

So stop barking about the entity, the one called trump who a try to segregate all a we

Stand up and fight for your identity, for your heritage and all that are for we

From Africa in ships dem capture we, sail we to  Carib lands in slavery

Some of us was indentured too, you no see?, my god dem try brock the spine a we

A we identity

But stand strong, look sharp. As Marcus said, we can astonish the world!

Look for your roots indeed, and I’m not just talking about Kizzy and the one Kuntakinty

For me, I went to Zimbabwe, I touched the ground in the 80s

 Sang at the big Zim, Zimma stadium, ya see, to selbrate dem independence, scene

Me even have a picture to show Tobi, and to salute dem, independence and identity

Well, the struggle still a gwan, don’t you see? So me a ring de alarm for all a we

We no longer affie say, “I am a man, value me!”

Naaagh! Forget Trump, who a fart on the people ya see are just jealous, him jealous affie we identity

He is de orange one, him jealous a we identity, scene!

Dee Bo General: Asylum Seeker

Asylum seeker, refugees. What kind of words are these?

Refugee seeker, refugee asylum seeker, the voice I hear from every corner

Corners filled with voices of anger, again no sleep tonight for the refugee seeker

You might as well be a biblical leper, the would give you a place outside their border

Still making sure the kept things in order

At least they would keep their distance, a peaceful nights sleep without the violence

Refugee asylum seeker, why do you come, for you there is no future

It sounds like something I still remember, those ancient voices used to call us nigger

My blood runs cold, my bones shudder, from the dark abusive days my parents still suffer

I was also persistently, verbally, racially abused, we had to walk in crews, not ones and twos

Refugee asylum seeker, no sleep tonight, watching winda

Someone please tell me, what’s changed n the last fifty years? Racial abuse still brings violence and fears, with mother’s, children’s and father’s tears

Please check your past and history, you might find a family of refugees, in the branches of your family tree

On of those could well be me!

GNia: The Stand, or Harambee!

Hall and pull up, pull up, sickle and cease, hear the strain, hear the creak, after the maangmizi

The black holocaust

Do not release the gains that we hold

Pull for freedom, pull for peace, pull, pull and don’t release

Pull on your side, don’t release the gains and the strides

Pull, through strains, sinews and back, through you thighs, squat down deep

Take a hold, hold on to daily hope

Come on! Cause help will surely give us a shove

Pull selector, pull, stand firm, stand your ground, stand your ground

Every time trouble comes around, take the stand, and don’t you allow it to bring you down

Come, let we pull together

Our noses are wide, wide, wide

Our lips are thick, thick, thick

Our hair is black, black, black

I am beautiful, you are beautiful, we are all beautiful

 

Outro:

This episode really was important to me. It has reconnected me to the music I heard around my childhood, but also in a strange way to my West Indian background, that for most of my life I’ve felt quite alienated from. So meeting June on the course and at the Outernational Sound System, Strictly Vinyl weekend, and also GNia and Donavan Christopher AKA Dee Boo General.

So next week I’ll be resuming with the second part of Dave Pickering’s Masculinity Mansplained, so, see you next week.

 Sound System Outernational, Strictly Vinyl facebook page

Dee Boo General, AKA Donavan Christopher's Rappa Man web page

Niehter June nor GNia yet have a website for their work

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Ep 21. Dave Pickering Part 1. Mansplaining Masculinity

March 12, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode

Intro:

Hello everyone and welcome to the 21th episode. I am your host Tobi.

This week is a special week, as I interview Dave. The interview took place on the same day as him interviewing me for his podcast, Getting Better Acquainted. He’s already publish his podcast and you’ll  find the link here.

This week in the first part of his interview I’ll be speaking to him about everything he said in his introduction, including, his show, that’s also been turned into a podcast, and that’s now been turned into a book called, What about the Men: Mansplaining Masculinity. There will be a link to that podcast on the show notes here.

There will also be a link to Unbound, the crowd funding publishing firm, through which Dave has brought out the book. We also talk about political oppression, in terms of gender, race and sexuality. We go on to talk about his new education through social media, where he follows people that are outside his cis, heterosexual, white middle class privilege that he confessed himself. Through following these people he was introduced to such writers as bell hooks, and Elizabeth Fiorenza. She came up with the term Kyriarchy, that’s a collective term for systems of oppression. So, please enjoy

Outro:

What a note to finish on. That all seems very current at the moment, particularly with films like Black Panther, and also Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out, and the Oscar Nominations that they’ve got. But also other issues about race and gender. It’s very prescient I think.

So next week’s episode will be part two of Dave’s interview, where we talk further about systems of oppression, and we go on to talk about his father, and his other projects. So see you next week

Please check out Dave's other projects on:

twitter.com/GBApodcast

thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk

twitter.com/familytreepod

twitter.com/sparkLDN

stories.co.uk/

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Ep 20. Sebastian H-W. Art Washing and the Artists Response

March 5, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 20

Intro:

Hello everyone, and welcome to the 20th episode of Tobi’s Arts Performed Podcast.

I am your host Tobi.

In this 2nd part of Seb’s interview we return to the ideas of live art verses performance art. Also we digress into the realm of social cleansing by what Seb calls the local government’s “art washing”, or co-opting grass roots art to justify gentrification.

We also go back to his performance, La Santa Muerte, leading us back to issues of the place of capitalism in Mexico, and Mexican immigrants in America.

As a brief reminder, Seb is performing at the Camden People’s Theatre on the 17th of March along with other artists & performers so please look up the facebook link here: Starting Bloks or The Camden People’s Theatre website for details.

 

Outro:

Its always a pleasure talking with Seb about his work and his heritage. There’s so much I can learn about both and I will be returning at some point in the future to talk to him about his future projects, but please remember he is performing at the Camden people’s theatre in Starting Blocks, with other artists and performers.

Next week’s episode is with fellow podcaster, story teller, and author of his new book Mansplaining Masculinity, Dave Pickering. This book is taken from a podcast he did, where; dressed in a purple dress, fedora hat, and holding his old dolphin toy, he tackles the subject of masculinity, directing his rhetoric toward men. His other podcasts include Getting Better Acquainted, a show he’s been doing for over 6 years. His next episode featuring a certain me, will be published this Wednesday, where is talks to me about my podcast. It’s not as meta as it sounds but we did interview each other on the same day. His other pod is The Family Tree, an improvised drama. Not much can be said about this other than its gripping

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Ep 19. Sebastian H-W, live artist. La Santa Muerte

February 26, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode

Intro:

Hello everyone and welcome to the 19th episode of Tobi’s Arts Performed Podcast

My name is Tobi & I am your host.

This week I speak to Sebastian H-W (Seb's FaceBook page link here), a half Mexican live artist who I first saw performing as la Santa Muerte or the Holiest Death in The Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club.

I first spoke to him at Future Ritual performance night at the [SPACE] in Hackney where he did the filming & sound recording.

He talks about the distinction between live art & performance art & the influence The Club Kids, New York scene had on his art and life.

Sebastian is performing at the Camden People’s Theatre on the 17th of March along with other artists & performers so please look up the facebook link here: Starting Blocks; Facebook Events or at the Camden People's Theatre website

But in the meantime, please enjoy

Outro:

Performances like, La Santa Muerte is the reason I like performance art so much. It was an immersive, visceral & a communal experience for all of us in the audience, & it was also interesting for me to find out more about the deity’s importance in Mexican life to the people who adopt her as their deity.

In next week’s episode Seb will continue to talk about his art projects but don’t forget to look up his performance at the Camden People’s Theatre. So until then, see you next week

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Ep 18. Drag Queen, Just May. “I’ll Pretty Much Do Anything”

February 11, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 18

Intro:

Hello and welcome to the 18th episode. I am your host Tobi.

This episode features Pete May, whose drag persona, Just May I saw in his documentary film, Just May Does Geri where Pete attempts to meet Geri Halliwell for her 45th birthday. We engage with what this process meant to Pete and what Geri and the Spice Girls meant to him and much more.

Pete is now a full time drag artist and you can find Just May on: https://www.facebook.com/justmaydoesgeri/

On March the 1st Just May will be performing at The Glory in East London (link here)

Also coming up is a performance evening at Lime Wharf on the 14th of February called: Good Bye to London // This Dancefloor isn’t here anymore where friend, and queer live artist Sebastian Hau-Walker is doing a performance along with many other who I don’t yet know

For now, please enjoy

Outro:

I think you’ll agree Pete has approached many subjects that are important, not just to the LGBT community but for all of us. No more is needed other that to remind you of the event at Lime Wharf on the 14th this month and Just May’s performance on the 1st of March at the Glory

The next episode will be with Sebastian, where he makes the distinction between live art and performance art and much more. Until next time, take care

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Ep 17. Future Ritual ii @vfd by Joseph Morgan Schofield

February 3, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 17

Intro:

Hello everyone and welcome to the 17th episode. I am your host Tobi.

This week’s episode is a change to the previously planned episode where I was going to introduce the first part of Sebastian Hau-Walker’s interview who is a Queer live artist. That episode will be published later this month or next month to coincide with a couple of performances he is doing. The current episode is with Joseph Morgan Schofield, a queer performance artist and ritual practitioner. Next week on the 8th of February they are curating the second of their performance nights called Future Ritual, the details of which you can find on the podcast show notes below. This week more than any other so far, it would be an injustice to summarise what Joseph has to say on, ritual performance and resistance from normative attitudes. So without any further delay, here is Joseph.

Outro:

That was yet another interview that epitomizes what I envisage for this podcast, engaging with people that I wouldn’t normally engage with in my everyday life, but never the less, people that I find fascinating, engaging, and in very strange ways people that I identify with on a very human level.

Particularly Joseph, their thought processes, their emotional defensiveness, but also paradoxically their very clear openness. And what they say about communication is a theme that comes up so many times, communication and community, so thank you once again Joseph.

Please remember, look in the podcast show notes for the website and facebook page of Future Ritual ii, that’s happening on the 8th of February at VFD formally Vogue Fabrics Dalston at 66 Stoke Newington Road N167XB. There may still be tickets left at the door.

Next week I will be publishing an interview with Pete May. Pete May is a Drag Artist, who goes by the stage persona, Just May. I first met Pete at a screening of his documentary film, Just May Does Geri, at the Margate Arts Club Kent. In the documentary he attempts to meet Geri Hallowell, his idol. In attempting to do so what is revealed to the audience is what Geri Hallowell meant to his, and means to him as a gay man. The interview follows on from that initial meeting and he discusses his ever growing performance as Just May, so until then, good bye

Please check out Joseph's website for details for Future Ritual ii on the 98th of This Month

VFD https://www.vfdalston.com

Future Ritual FaceBook page

Future Ritual website

And check out Pete May's facebook page to discover who is my next week's guest

Just May Does Geri facebook

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Ep 16 Open to Failure, Realize Creativity. Istanbul Queer Art Collective

January 26, 2018

Podcast Show Notes:

Episode 16

Intro:

Welcome to the 16th episode of Arts Performed Podcast. I am your host Tobi.

This week I am talking with Tuna and Seda of the Istanbul Queer Art Collective where they engage with the concept of success and failure and how Jack Halberstam inverts the normative concepts in his book The Queer Art of Failure. In the interview I mistakenly used Jack’s former name. Jack Halberstam is a transsexual man and academic and the edition I used to look up the theory was written in Jack’s former name.

Also important to note about this episode is the bad audio. We recorded the episode in a noisy café and although I cut out the worst noise in the edit it is still very noisy. However if you are interested in performance art in Turkey and England and the fluxus movement and Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure I urge you to persist and keep listening.

Also please come along to their performance night Turkish Delight, at the Glory in Dalston on the 1st of February. It is a night of bilingual performances in English and Turkish and if their own performances are anything to go by it will be an amazing night.

Outro:

If you persisted to the end I think you will agree Tuna and Seda are engaging and have given me lots to think about, not only in terms of my podcast and interest in art but in my life too. The inversion of success and failure are certainly something that has had an impact on me.

Please remember their performance night Turkish Delight, at the Glory where they have queer performances in Turkish and English.

The next episode is with Sebastian Hua-Walker who talks about live art, the Mexican Goddess The Holiest Death, and much, much more.

Sebastian is included in the review of Deep Trash at the Underworld as is The Queer Art Collective from my WordPress article Deep Trash at the Underworld

blokartspace.com Istanbul Queer Art Collective

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