Call & Response

Part 1: Unraveling the curse of racism

For the multifold secret to work only one thing is necessary. You must take action. You must give. You must share. You must act with abandon. Send out waves of love and kindness into the world and then simply wait for the response. Or, better yet, continue to send out more waves. Why wait? The response will come. Keep sending waves and enjoy the reaction.

-John Kremer

The “music” is a hybrid of Toyi-toyi, Haka & hip hop. Toyi-toyi is a Southern African dance originally created in Zimbabwe by Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army forces that has long been used in political protests in South Africa.

Part 2: Unraveling the past

Breaking intergenerational curses & chrysalis.

She looked at the the water MA ماء She looked at the sky SAMA سماء
MOSES موسى supersedes general robert e. lee’s specter & statue

The remaking of Monument Avenue will be the culmination of those social gains. It is the final chapter of a story that begins in racist rebellion and will end in a city led by an ambitious Black mayor expelling the Confederacy’s leaders once and for all.

Part 3: Imagining the Future

Transformation through seven colors.

Decolonization requires acknowledging. that your needs and desires should never come at the expense of another’s life energy. it is being honest that you have been spoiled by a machine that is not feeding you freedom but feeding you the milk of pain – the release.

― Nayyirah Waheed salt

Editor’s Note: to read more into Asya’s multi-layered approach above, be sure to check out her piece Seven Viels which invokes the power of color for different ceremonies in Gnawa. It, along with the video pieces above are informed by ritual music from Gnawa and African American spirituals.

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Asya Abdrahman

Asya Abdrahman

Asya Abdrahman is an Oakland and San Francisco artist/curator, world builder and multi-disciplinary artist who considers the intersection of cultural identity, human rights and the environment in her work. Of Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian heritages, she fled her East African homeland during a time of regional wars. Abdrahman’s work promotes cultural and ecological survival, advanced through her use of human, technological, natural, found, and recycled resources.