My art practice weaves dance, somatics, clowning, DJing, sonic healing, film and cultural production.
In recent years, I have been exploring the healing potential of bass frequencies and polyrhythms. As DJ AfroOankali, I serve ritual bass: a hypnotic blend of low end frequencies and polyrhythms which celebrates the Afro-Caribbean influence in electronic music, underground club culture and the healing potential of bass music. In 2021, I started a radio residency with Refuge Worldwide with a show called Bass Incarnate – mixing embodied mindfulness practices with bass music rooted in the African diaspora. In 2020, I co-founded Emergent Bass – An award winning event series in Berlin that celebrates Bass music from across the African diaspora and books predominantly Black DJs in order to give reciprocity to the lineage holders of many forms of electronic music.
Science Fiction is a big influence and connects to both the films I have made. In 2020 I directed and danced in The Grief Portal, a sci-fi inspired short film, commissioned by Performing Borders Live and Counterpoints Arts, exploring how grieving can be generative. In 2017, I directed and danced in Space is the Place, an Afrofuturist Sci-Fi short film, commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts. Space is the Place was selected to screen at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2018.
I have performed internationally at venues including Tate Britain (London), Soho House Berlin, Camden People’s Theatre (London), South Bank Centre (London) and The Trolley Dances (San Francisco). As well as that, I have hosted workshops and collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Wellcome Collection, Savvy Contemporary in Berlin and the Centre for Arts Research and Alliances (CARA) in New York City.