Live - 🇬🇧 Black Togetherness and International Solidarity in Dance Music


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Heard but not seen. The gentrification of Black music and the whitewashing of dance music history have created spaces which are codified as white, that is, spaces in which Blackness is heard, but not seen. The Black roots of dance music genres such as House and Techno have been progressively phased out. Capitalist enterprises have promoted a form of white hedonism which favours instant gratification over community building, preying on partygoers’ inherent desire to experience a sense of belonging. Recent efforts have been made not only to understand neocolonialism within the dance music industry, but also reclaim spaces from institutions which have been othering and commodifying Black bodies for far too long. This special Dipsaus episode will focus on the decolonisation of dance music, and within this context, we will discuss the possibilities for global solidarity and Black togetherness within the context of dance music and its ecosystem.

This will be a collaboration between Dipsaus Podcast and Dance With Pride and continuation of Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca.


DeForrest Brown, Jr. is a New York-based writer, media theorist and curator. He has previously worked with publications such as Triple Canopy, NPR, Tiny Mix Tapes, Mixmag, FACT, Zweikommasieben, and In 2017 he was the inaugural Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at ISSUE Project Room.

Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam based independent curator, cultural programmer and radio host with an interest in counter-culture, oral histories and global social issues. She currently does programming for the RCMC.

Dr Mathys Rennela is a postdoctoral researcher working on quantum algorithms at the University of Leiden, music writer and musician, who thrive to connect those different activities and offer a commentary on the current state of the dance music scene.

Special s/o to Axmed Maxamed and The Black Archives. And with an amazing performance by LGCA2 and afterparty with DJ ARAKAZA. Perfromance was by lgca²


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