Music: Resistance & resilience

Conversation with Emeka Ogboh, Shingai, Kamila Metwaly & Niama Safia Sandy

23 July 2020, 5 pm (Morocco)

Language: English

In the context of our series of talks, we were pleased to invite Emeka Ogboh (sound artist), Shingai (singer, songwriter and performer) and Kamila Metwaly (music journalist and curator) to our seventh Zoom webinar. Moderated by Niama Safia Sandy (independent curator), the discussion focussed on music as an act of resistance and resilience.

About Emeka Ogboh

Emeka Ogboh connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste. Through his audio installations and gastronomic works, Ogboh explores how private, public, collective memories and histories are translated, transformed and encoded into sound and food. These works contemplate how auditory and gustatory experiences capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on immigration, globalization, and post-colonialism.

About Shingai

Shingai is an Zimbabwean-British singer and bassist. She is at the vanguard of a new era of pop. In her music, futuristic instruments and programs mingle with melodies and rhythms inspired by her sub-Saharan heritage.
With an effervescent soundscape, her first solo album entitled Ancient Future is fearlessly infused with a soulful yet boisterous energy, making the music electrifying and compelling. Loving the staging and extravagant costumes, each of her stage appearances is a performance.

About Kamila Metwaly

Kamila Metwaly is a music journalist, electronic musician and a curator based between Berlin and Cairo. Metwaly founded an independent arts and culture publication in Egypt and worked in radio and the independent film scene, maintaining a strong presence in Cairo’s cultural and activist scenes for many years. In 2017, Metwaly joined SAVVY Contemporary where she is currently curating the sound project Untraining the Ear Listening Sessions. She is also a research curator for Donaueschingen 2021 edition.

About Niama Safia Sandy

Niama Safia Sandy is a New York-based curator, essayist and musician. Sandy’s curatorial practice delves into the human story – through the critical lenses of healing, history, migration, music, race and ritual. She is an agitator who calls into question and makes sense of the nature of modern life and to celebrate our shared humanity in the process. Her aim is to leverage history, the visual, written and performative arts to tell stories we know in ways we have not yet thought to tell them to lift us all to a higher state of historical, ontological and spiritual wholeness.