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Awesome radio presenters Goldierocks (British Council), DJ Ritu (SOAS Radio/Resonance FM), Martha Caidan (BBC 1Xtra, Radar Radio) and Ros Fraser (Grassroots Radio Network) came together to talk about working for internet radio, specialist music programmes, women's voices on radio and much more! Listen back to our special evening on The Future, Women & Internet Radio.

Featuring a special interview with Throwing Shade.

Songwriter and artist Itani Thalefi came to SOAS Radio during his UK tour with The Brother Moves On in December 2015. Our conversation covered ground from nature and arts to storytelling and #feesmustfall, interspersed with some poetry and live renditions of Itani's beautiful songs in Venda and Tsonga under the alias of Itai Hakim. Itani talked about his plans for 2016, including the release of his upcoming EP 'Ntodeni' and other future artistic projects.

Many thanks to Itani for taking the time to come to SOAS Radio!

20 Years ago a genre known as Asian Underground emerged in the UK Dance music scene. Join NAJMA AKHTAR, AKI NAWAZ (Fun-Da-Mental), DJ RITU and AJAY SRIVASTAV (Swaraj) in a special roundtable discussion as they talk about the records, labels and club nights of this forgotten genre. Hear the true story of the roots, politics, role of women and demise of Asian Underground.

Written, presented & produced by Isuru for SOAS Radio.

Interview with Ali Mahdi Nouri about his work as an actor & theatre director working with ex-child soldiers and refugees in Sudan.

Panel Discussion on Radio for Peacebuilding from the SOAS Radio & C4D World Radio Day 2016 event in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre.

The Panel:

Anne Bennett (Hirondelle Foundation)
Francis Rolt (Radio For Peacebuilding/ Search For Common Ground)
Kerida McDonald (UNICEF)

Introduction by Miia Laine (SOAS Radio), chaired by Jackie (C4D)

Introductory statements were made by Neelam Chhara, Co-founder of Decolonising Our Minds and final year politics student.

Discussions around legacies of colonialism have been highlighted nationwide through campaigns such as Why Is My Curriculum White and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford movement which have underlined the colonial violence embedded in universities.

As part of Twilight People’s touring exhibition, Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary, SOAS Radio, Roundhouse Radio and Gendered Intelligence produced an audio installation to be heard alongside the photographs. The audio journey includes stories of identity and faith from the people who generously gave their stories. It was first broadcast live on the opening night and you can also listen to it here even if you can't make it to see the portraits!

Alexa and Miia from SOAS Radio revisit WOMAD 2015 for a nostalgic special, bringing you the summer vibes into the winter. Recordings by the fabulous Mahotella Queens, L'Hijaz Car, Olcay Bahir, Criolo and much more!

Check out our other WOMAD spotlight specials with
ESKA, Hossam Ramzy, Cambodian Space Project, Jambinai and Dizraeli! On:

The new SOAS Director Valerie Amos came to SOAS Radio for her first interview 3 months into her new job - we talked about her background and issues that are happening at SOAS at the moment.

Founded in August 2015, Startupboat is an initiative that develops tech and innovative solutions to respond to the migration crisis. Paula Schwartz, the founder of the initiative came to SOAS Radio to talk about her team's work at the frontlines of the refugee crisis in Greece, why start ups can be more efficient than NGOs and some of the projects that have come out of startupboat, such as Marha Cars and Donatio.

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Interview with Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb

Analog Africa, the label that has become known for its popular re-issues and extended liner notes is releasing a new compilation this Friday, Nov 27th 2015: Senegal 70 – Sonic Gems & Previously unreleased recordings.

The Decolonising Our Minds Society is delighted to host renowned academic Barnor Hesse from Northwestern University.

Barnor Hesse will explore what whiteness is as a social identity, political practice etc. We will consider how does whiteness manifest and become naturalised in spaces of learning and academic settings and what historical circumstances and dynamics gave rise to its creation. How was whiteness intended to lend itself to strategies and modes of domination? And finally, how do we make whiteness an object of analysis?

During Black History Month 2015, SOAS Women’s network and SOAS BME network hosted a talk on twerking.

Apart from discussing twerking as an act of resistance, other themes were discussed critically such as cultural appropriation, occupation of black bodies, black femininity in relation to white femininity, autonomy, white supremacy, spaces, body positivity, self-love, twerking as a space to stop resisting, twerking as an act of defiance against the sexualisation of aspects of African culture, twerking as a low-art , twerking as reclamation and empowerment etc.

The featured panelists in the order of speaking:

Sarah Nwafor: the current NUS Mature and Part-Time Students' representative and a member of NUS Black Sabbs Executive Committee

Kelechi aka ‘Cocoa: a Personal Trainer, Twerk instructor and Pole Dance instructor

Siana Bangura: a poet and the editor of Black Feminist platform No Fly on the WALL

Prisca Vungbo: Events Coordinator, Ain't I a woman collective

Ama Josephine Budge: Writer/Curator/Artist, HYSTERIA Collective

Britain has seen a complicated relationship with race. The Industrial Revolution saw Britain’s industries and economy grow exponentially, almost totally a direct result from its colonial and imperial (mis)dealings. It had taken part in both World Wars, recruiting thousands from the colonies to fight in the armed forces. Britain has therefore been a truly 'global' nation with cities like London built almost entirely out of the colonial moment.

In the 1970s and 80s, post-colonial migrants from across the empire then began to define as ‘black’ as a term of solidarity to confront racism in the UK. However, ‘political blackness’ has become contentious, as solidarities have arguably broken down. So what does black mean now?

London – the heart of the empire – looks very different today. It has redefined itself as the ‘post-race’ and ‘superdiverse’ melting pot, despite black communities being quickly gentrified and displaced.

With all this in mind, we ask what/who is black and Is There Room for Black in the Union Jack?

The history of British slavery, although superficially acknowledged from time to time, has been largely concealed. Indeed, few acts of political and historical forgetting could be described as thorough or as effective as the erasure of slavery from the "British story".

The compensation of Britain’s 46,000 slave-owners was the largest bailout in British history until the bailout of the banks in 2009. Not only did the enslaved receive nothing, but they effectively paid part of the bill for their own manumission.

"Legacies of British Slave-ownership" is the umbrella for two unprecedented projects based at University College London (UCL) tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain. At the same time, questions are raised surrounding the enslaved themselves, their stories, and their legacies.

“British Values” according to Prime Minister David Cameron, describe the “democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different beliefs and faiths." Its introduction is a response by the state to what it perceives to be Black, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) communities growing and representing a threat to the norms inherited by hundreds of years of colonial rule.

What is portrayed as a way of “uniting” communities can be a way of policing culture and in particular cultures of colour. Invariably, it can also be a way for the government to criminalise articulations of dissent from BAME communities who express the frustrations of marginalisation.

The zine British Values is a response to “British Values.” Written and created by journalist Kieran Yates, the zine seeks to “rewrite the narrative of what "British values" are by passing our aux cords over to taxi drivers, re-visiting our school lunch boxes and generally shining the spotlight on the lives and experiences of non-native Brits.”

Kieran will be discussing “What the fuck British Values” really are and how BAME and how she as a women of colour is creatively responding.

We had a chance to briefly chat to Bristol based poet, MC, guitarist and all round top bloke Dizraeli. He discussed inspirational teachers, gave great advice on writing and the creative process, and described a very healthy meal for us!

His last gigs ever with Dizraeli and the Small Gods are happening on Friday 25th September at the Islington Assembly Hall in London and then Saturday 26th September at the Marble Factory in Bristol.

SOAS Radio got to meet amazing Jambinai - the South Korean group currently shaking up the world's perception of Korean Traditional Music. Listen to bandmembers Ilwoo, Bomi and Eun Youg talk about their innovative sound, how they got into Korean Traditional Music and their dreams for the future.

SOAS Radio speaks to Channthy and Julien from Cambodian Space Project before they played a great set on the Saturday night. They talk about the band's inception, their influences and their latest release Electric Blue Boogaloo.

SOAS Radio were delighted to spent a short while in conversation with Egyptian master percussionist after his performance in the Siam tent at WOMAD UK 2015

SOAS Radio got to chat to ESKA at WOMAD Festival 2015 before her performance which blew us all away. She gave us an amazing interview, talking passionately about her debut album, current tour and her inspirations and challenges on her musical journey so far.

Selim presents his first podcast brought to you by SOAS Radio and CARAS for Refugee week 2015. Selim talks about his thoughts on the unifying potential of football as well as the different countries he has played football in. Favourite players, teams and the top Eritrean footballers get a mention alongside discussion about why football is important to Selim.

Featured tracks:

Shakira ft. Freshlyground - Waka Waka
K'naan - Wavin' Flag

Presenter: Selim
Producer: Joe Smith

Welcome to London!

Hafsa, Mulue and Sam have teamed up with SOAS Radio for Refugee Week to share their experiences of moving to London, learning English and meeting bus drivers!

Have a listen to their good (and bad) experiences getting around London and how they came to meet each other as well as sharing some of their favourite songs in their Refugee Week podcast.

Abraham Afewerki Samai

Emeli Sande Read All About It

Hafsa, Mulue and Sam

Seonaid Weightman Murray

Awet and Waseem have paired up for their first podcast brought to you by SOAS Radio and CARAS for Refugee Week 2015. Sharing music from Eritrea Afghanistan and beyond listen as they chat about their favourite songs of old times and new lives and why these songs are important to them.

SOAS Radio is celebrating Refugee Week! Have a listen to some of the exciting musicians we have taking part in SOAS Radio’s Refugee Week events. Blind Willies will be performing in the SOAS JCR from 8:30pm on Tuesday 16th June and tickets for SXWKS and Milad Yousofi at the Bedroom Bar will be on sale from 7pm in the JCR. Tickets for SOAS Radio’s Refugee Week Special on June 18th are just £5 and proceeds will go towards CARAS’s youth group. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the contribution refugees make to the UK!

In Chinese, 东西 can be translated in "things, stuff", an assortment of anything and everything. So yeah, let's talk about stuff.

MADERA VERDE Live Dj Set from Soas World Radio Event at Bedroom Bar on 29/01/15

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015 is coming!

Running from March 18-27th, the London edition is showing over 15 films in 4 locations. In this podcast we give you an overview over this years themes and movies, and chat to festival director Andrea Holley about the history of the festival, human rights in film and the backgrounds of the movies.

Panel discussion held on World Radio Day, 13th February 2015, at SOAS, University of London, with presentations by: Sharath Srinivasan, Center for Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge, Kevin Perkins, Farm Radio International, Will Snell, Development Media International, and Daniel Bruce, Internews Europe. Moderated by Carlos Chirinos, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Noura Abughris , Ali Mitib and Fatima Said from the MENAFM team debate the changing use of radio and social media in the MENA region.