Race Matters | Podcast
Race Matters is a weekly show, airing live on Sydney’s FBi Radio each Monday at 5:30pm. It sees rotating hosts Rhyan Clapham, Sara Khan, Darren Lesaguis and Georgia Mokak chat race, culture, representation, arts and current affairs with a range of guests.
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Bonus: A Conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Bestselling author of Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, on home, his experience as a young Black male writer, and his passionate take on the latest season of Game of Thrones (spoiler alert for Season 8 Episode 3 from 29:30 – consider yourself warned!).
This episode features tunes from ScHoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Solange and Ramin Djawadi.
Episode 15: Coming to Voice (with Winnie Siulolovao Dunn and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah)
Sweatshop Western Sydney manager Winnie Siulolovao Dunn and author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah examine the power of writing from the margins.
Grab your copy of Sweatshop Women: Volume One here.
Episode 14: Unlearning (with wāni Le Frère)
wāni Le Frère's very first spoken word performance was at an open mic, where he read his diary aloud at a friend's suggestion and moved audience members to tears. He then proceeded to fall in love with the artform via Tupac Shakur, John Coltrane and Nina Simone. Ahead of the Sydney premiere of Tales of an Afronaut at Griffin Theatre's Batch Festival, the Naarm-based artist speaks to Darren and Rhyan about the self, family, masculinity and what Nas’ Illmatic means to him.
Episode 13: The Archival Decolonist (with Nathan Sentance)
Have you ever considered who gets to decide what's put in a museum? Nathan Sentance, First Nations project officer at the Australian Museum, joins Darren and Sara to speak about the importance of Indigenous ownership over the histories and stories told by cultural institutions about First Nations peoples.
Episode 12: Digebasse (with CHAII)
In Sydney for the first time, Persian-Kiwi rapper, audio engineer and producer CHAII joins Georgia and Rhyan in conversation on the site of the 4Elements Hip Hop Festival in Bankstown. Watch her stellar debut music video here.
Episode 11: I Got 5 On It
"I don't see myself casting as a white dude as the lead in my movie," Jordan Peele, director of Get Out – and the new and incredibly successful Us – has said. Darren and Sara chat about why Peele may feel this way, why it's an uncontroversial notion, and the importance of strong and varied representation in film.
Bonus: At Home with Nadia Hernández
An integral figure in Sydney's creative scene today, Nadia Hernández is a multidisciplinary artist based on Gadigal land. Over two days, Georgia Mokak and Rhyan Clapham shared tea and stories in Nadia's home, spanning reflections on her homeland Venezuela, the complexities of diaspora and the influence of both of these on her practice.
Episode 10: Cosas Antes y Después (with Nadia Hernández)
In this episode of Race Matters, Georgia and Rhyan speak to multidisciplinary artist Nadia Hernández about her practice, homeland, and experience as a diasporic Venezuelan woman living in Sydney.
An extended version of this conversation with Nadia will be released later this week - to make sure you get it first, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or keep your eye on our Spotify and website feeds.
Episode 9: Brown Skin Girl (with Emily Havea and Leah Jing Mcintosh)
This week on Race Matters, Tanya chats to Emily Havea, a Sydney-based actor, singer and dancer who is currently starring in a one-woman play titled Grounded, at Parramatta's Riverside Theatre. They talk growing up Brown in white spaces, creative communities of colour and Brown Skin Girl, an incredible play from Sydney theatre collective Black Birds that Emily has written and starred in. You also hear from Leah Jing Mcintosh, the founder and editor of Liminal magazine, about the Liminal Fiction Prize: a creative writing prize for and judged by Australian writers of colour.
Black Birds are doing another show this April. It's called Exhale and you can head here to find out more / buy tickets.
Grab tickets to see Emily in the already widely acclaimed Grounded here.
Find more information about the launch of Liminal's first print edition in Melbourne here.
We also begin the show with a few words about the Christchurch terrorist attacks that Tanya shared earlier in the day, on Monday Arvos. If you have the means, the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups and the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre are both running funds to support the victims and their families.
Bonus: A Conversation with Fariha Róisín
It's not every day that Fariha Róisín is in town. Now based in Brooklyn, the Australian-Canadian writer, editor, podcaster and delightful human was Sydneyside for a panel titled WoC Solidarity: Beyond Performative Allyship. You heard part of our interview with her on Episode 8 of Race Matters, but we felt so energised (and, tbh, smitten!) after our sprawling conversation with her that we wanted to make it available to you in full.
This episode features tunes from Tommy Genesis, Gonjasufi, Swet Shop Boys and M.I.A.