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Sublime Frequencies: Music from Asia & Beyond
Sublime Frequencies, the Seattle-based record label, are ethnomusicologists, documentarians and travellers who release music and film from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. With releases ranging from Singaporean or Cambodian vintage cassette compilations to recordings of radio and short wave transmissions, and from field recordings of ritual ceremonies to contemporary folk and pop, the label is a cult favorite among those seeking the more obscure sights and sounds of Asia and beyond. We speak to one of the co-founders of the label, Hisham Mayet, and listen to some of their releases.
Hisham Mayet is a filmmaker and co-founder of the Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies.
Collateral Damage: The Human Costs of Drones
In recent years, the US has been quietly increasing its reliance on unmanned drones for military strikes in other countries, including Pakistan and Somalia, the rationale being that drones minimize “collateral damage” through targeted attacks. However, drone warfare has also been criticized for operating in secrecy and unaccountably. A new report from the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia University Law School examines the unquestioned assumptions about civilian harm behind the US’s drone strikes and analyzes how such technology may be fueling anger toward the US. We’ll speak with the authors of the report, Naureen Shah, Rashmi Chopra and Sarah Saadoun.
Naureen Shah is a lecturer in law and Associate Director of the Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project at Columbia University's Law School.
Rashmi Chopra is a student in the Human Rights program at the Columbia University law school.
Sarah Saadoun is a student in the Human Rights program at the Columbia University law school.
Global Bass, or Organizing the Dance Floor
New York City’s dance floor culture rarely intersects with the world of community-based, social justice activism—but not always. The Brooklyn-based racial justice activist and DJ Thanu Yakupitayage, a.k.a. DJ Ushka, is a member of the DJ collective Dutty Artz and a resident DJ for the global bass party iBomba, and recently co-organized a block-party-style event in the immigrant community of Sunset Park, that brought together community groups, artists and DJs. We speak to her about how dance culture can an important part of an activist’s work, and listen to some of her picks.
Thanu Yakupitayage is a Brooklyn-based activist and DJ with the Dutty Artz collective. She is also known as DJ Ushka.
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