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Transcultural express:
The Artistania Podcast


We are happy to present you the new Artistania Podcast: Transculture Express, a podcast about queer, feminist, global south influences and postcolonial practices in our Kiez. It’s been a tough year, and let’s be honest: It still is. We miss coming together to share special moments of live music and the creative community. Transculture Express wants to provide a platform for musicians, cultural activists and organizers to discuss and share survival strategies for the current moment, musical inspirations and to imagine post-pandemic futures. And to just listen to music together.

Mit TRANSCULTURE EXPRESS - The Artistania Podcast for queer and postcolonial music perspectives in our hood - wollen wir in livemusikarmen Zeiten den Musiker*innen und Musik-liebhaber*innen Neuköllns, die vor Corona an mindestens zwei Veranstaltungsabenden die Woche im Artistania zusammen kommen konnten, eine alternative Platform der Togetherness bieten: einen Podcast, in dem neue Musik aus dem Kiez in Listening Sessions und Liveufzeichnungen vorgestellt werden kann; Musiker*innen sich in Jamsessions und moderierten Gesprächen begegenen; und Musikschaffende aus der Veranstaltungsbranche zusammen kommen und Lockdown Survialstrategien austauschen können.

Dabei wollen wir insbesondere Gender und BIPoC Minderheiten, die sonst nicht ausreichend in der
Mainstram Musikindustrie repräsentiert sind, supporten und hörbar machen. So ist z.B. eine Ausgabe über female* musicproducers geplant. Zum anderen wollen wir auf Spurensuche nach queeren musikalischen Einflüssen des Globalen Südens gehen und postkoloniale Aufführungspraxen in unserer Musikszene beleuchten. 


Hierfür übernehmen Spotify Accelerator Stipendiat Abilaschan Balamuraley (Spotify SoundUp Programm 2020 a global Accelerator Programm fostering LGBTQI * Voices) und Radiomacherin Frida Neander Rømo die Leitung des Podcast und Programmgestaltung der Ausgaben. 

In the very first episode of Transculture Express, we are talking about the meaning and importance of musical companionship and artistic collaboration with Jamila Al-Yousef and her producer Naima Husseini. We are also talking about how to navigate being a musician and a producer in a male dominated music sphere, facing stereotypes and biases and about how meaningful change can happen within the music industry. 

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Before Corona we were able to come together at Artistania twice a week for event evenings, but now, in a time when so few live events can exist, we wanted to offer the musicians and music lovers of Neukölln, an alternative platform for togetherness... a podcast in which new music from the Kiez in Listening sessions, and live recordings can be shared. Look forward to jam sessions, discussions; and music creators from the event industry exchanging lockdown survival strategies.


We particularly want to offer support and give a platform to individuals and BIPoC minorities, who are under-represented in the Music industry. For example, an issue about female * musicproducers is planned. On the other hand, we want to search for traces of queer musical influences from the Global South and shed light on post-colonial performance practices in our music scene.


Spotify Accelerator scholarship holder Abilaschan Balamuraley (Spotify SoundUp Programm 2020 a global Accelerator Programm fostering LGBTQI * Voices) and radio producer Frida Neander Rømo, manage and design the podcast and program design!

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