IJEOMA UZOUKWU(SASORAYE)

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ARTIST & DJ 

Ijeoma Uzoukwu is a non-binary, London-based Nigerian artist, making space for collective introspection through performance, moving image and sound. Their multifaceted practice channels personal and speculative contributions to esoteric ontologies, and to the ancestral Ọdịnanị database of their Igbo heritage. 

 

Holding an interest in the astrological and the metaphysical, their ritualistic work creates portals for social and political self-actualisation. 

 

As a DJ, they go by the name "Sasoraye" - Enjoying the cross-pollination of culture through music whilst questioning - how are sounds we don't instinctively place together, more connected at their roots than we think? they work with a range of genres which includes Techno, Footwork, Electronic, Amapiano, Jazz, Garage + More.

Uzoukwu is a graduate of the University Of Arts London, London College of Communication

Features & Articles 

Clash - Featured speaker in the BFI commissioned film by Amrou Kadhi, 2017

The Independent - Victoria and Abdul is another dangerous example of British filmmakers whitewashing colonialism

The Welcome Collective - Another Way To Listen 

CONTRA

"An invented language, an invitation. A drawing of connections through symbolic movement.

 

A path is carved and consecrated. Starting close, zooming out, viewed from different perspectives. Intuitive and layered - sometimes reactionary, sometimes expressive. 

 

This piece is formed through the ______ between the two artists. For Ijeoma sharing adopted practices from the last 2 years; for Josh engaging in yet undefined practices. Both coming from different ends and meeting in the middle, whilst establishing boundaries within oneself.

 

Tap tap tapping into

Tap tap

Ap ap ap

T-T-T-T-T

tatatatatata

 

With Contra the audience fills in the _____."

Commissioned by Diaspora Now, CONTRA is devised and performed by Josh Woolford and Ijeoma Uzoukwu.

Live steam performance - 01/07/2021 - 16:00 GMT

Watch here

July 2021

RE-GENERATION

"This project looks at my Covid-19 experience from a sonic perspective. The soundscape is a journey through varying thoughts, emotions and mental downloads observed during isolation. Here I consider influences such as media, planetary placements and music, relating them to what we are currently experiencing under the thumb of The coronavirus.

This experience comes with a question of what it is to be a Black Queer Woman during this pandemic, then in turn, what the future could look like for those who share my identity.
 

This soundscape/meditation aims to usher in the understanding of our times and a balance through introspection. 

Listen to soundscape

Links for further listening

April 2020

COBALT CUSP

“Cobalt Cusp" is an idea inspired by the Piscean/Aquarian cusp of the zodiac. My interest in astrology leads me to believe that this is the cusp of divine femininity. Water being A conduit of spirit and the most feminine of the elements, it exists here in both Pisces and Aquarius.

 

Aquarius is an air sign, however, the name suggests something else about its nature. "Aqua" speaks to the watery nature that resides within this Air sign.

 

I was born on this cusp, and so I feel a deep connection to its energies. Many great calendars, e.g. The Mayan calendar claim we are currently living through this cusp - 'The dawning of the age of Aquarius.'

The piece includes a poem, a video projection, and two paintings.”

April 2020

SOUND/DJ SETS

UK QTIPOC EMERGENCY RELIEF

 

Virtual rave & fundraiser for UK QTIBIPOC Emergency Relief & Hardship Fund

May 2020

 SISTAH SPACE

 

A livestream fundraising event in aid of Sistah Space

"Sistah Space is a London-based charity dedicated to supporting African & Caribbean heritage women and girls affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Now under imminent threat of eviction, Sistah Space is being forced to suspend their essential and life-saving services, or return to unsuitable and unsafe premises by August 31st"

Recorded Live Performances

More about Sistah Space

August 2020

DIASPORAS NOW

 

“All the Guilty Things” explores the meltdown of sovereignty, the power of empathy and the crisis of imagination in domestic space. By creating a raunchy, chaotic, and shameful private sphere, the exhibition playfully revolts against the current disciplinary society, where individuals are constantly self-enslaved to comply with social expectations. 

Location is a secret and wholesome place in Central London, address released upon successful booking - email for details.

DJ Set

 

www.diasporasnow.com

@diasporasnow_com

@fetchish.magazine

Flyer design by @zzltm

PUBLIC ORDER W/ SASORAYE, JLTE & LAWSON BENN

Double trouble this week! Last show with an unforgettable guest mix in the real-life @nts_radio  with special multi-talented polymath guest @sasoraye Apply this mix to provide some respite from the s/lowness of the times, straight bubblers & outrageous blends throughout to re-energize the spirit!

@jlt_e and @lawson_benn tail n topping of course.

tracks including a fresh release from @klaus_tanum / @uffcampaign /@joshuaidehen / @calvo_music / @scratchclart / @djadipop @slikback / @thecoolyg / @tribalbrothersuk / @soaringwaynephoenix + more 💜