Artist, writer and journalist, Racha is first and foremost «a culture lover» and then a journalist, always chasing down new stories. She aligns her research background on race and gender critical theories with an acute eye for popular and underground cultures to ensure under-recognised voices are heard. Versatile in both her interests and approaches, she promotes, shares and writes about a shape- shifting culture through multi-media platforms whether it is a gallery, an online platform or a radio station.
- Découvrez The Mazeej Project, la plateforme qui amplifie les voix des afro-arabesQu’est-ce qu’être afro-arabe ? Dune Magazine rencontre Sophia Griss-Bembe, créatrice de «The Mazeej Project», dont la plateforme fraye un chemin vers l’exploration intime et introspective de cette identité vécue par les afro-arabes.
- "When Music Is An Act Of Resistance"“While the fight against institutionalized racism and systemic oppression is very much ongoing, it is important to commemorate those who shaped our history. There is a fine line between cultural and political change. Music is often entwined with collective fights for social justice, marking the movements with timeless hymns."
- "Rapper Nova Scotia The Truth’s debut album «Re-Up», has everything to put Scotland on the map."January 23rd 2020, marks the launch of Shaheeda Sinckler’s first full-lenth project called «Re-Up», for which I wrote a press release. DJ/ Rapper/Producer, Nova Scotia The Truth, captures the slash generation in compelling and introspective story telling, already living up to her name.
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Radio HostRadio Buena Vida
Glasgow, United KingdomFreelance
For the Radio Buena Vida and Fuse takeover show, I interviewed three Glasgow-based artists to accompany their mix. The first one being with singer and DJ Plantainchipps who has been making a name for herself in the Glaswegian scene after gracing most venues with her unique fusion of Afro beat, trap and dubstep. Secondly, I interviewed DJ Mavin whose extensive knowledge of music makes him an incorrigible archivist always playing with different moods to surprise even the most sceptical audience into doing a one-two step. Lastly, I was in conversation with DJ 2. Centavos, a weaver of textures and sounds that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with music genres.
Writer / EditorDune magazine
London, United KingdomFreelance
"Dune Magazine is a North African centred art and opinion online magazine. Our aim is to create a space to promote and discuss arts, culture and opinions for North Africa* and its diaspora." One of the particularity of this online media is that much care is taken to ensure that the very heterogeneous North African community is able to access the information in their preferred language. Which is a testament to the culture of Dune where diversity and inclusion prevail. The platform publishes content in French, English, Tamazigh and Arabic. As both a writer and editor, I write, revise and proof-read articles in English as well as French. Due to the nature of the magazine I am able to dive into a myriad of cultures across different parts of the world, all carried by the voices of North Africans and the diaspora. Although culture remains a prime passion of mine, I esteem the identity politics specific to the region to be as important. Hence, my latest article featuring The Mazeej Project, a platform that magnifies the visibility of "Afro-Arabs."
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