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From the Ground Up: Zakia Sewell

We are thrilled to launch the online programme for ‘From The Ground Up: The Gathering’ with an exclusive mix from Zakia Sewell. Featuring a typically eclectic selection, the mix responds to the British countryside and the programme for ‘From The Ground Up’.

Mick Moloney - Flute Solo John Luther Adams - The Place Where You Go To Listen Marlais - The Cuckoo Victoria Macarte – Evergreen Choco Indians of Colombia - Healing Song Brighde Chaimbeul - Taladh Nan Cearc Ivor Cutler - I'm A Yellow Fly Peter Brotzmann & Han Bennink - Schwarzenbachtalsperre No.7 The Incredible String Band - Water Song Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari - Four Hundred Years Pop Maynard - Three Sons of Rogues Muckers - Barl-E-Corn Jake Hottell – Horizon Nicolas Gaunin – Haamauruuru Gazelle Twin & NYX - Better In My Day Thomas Bush - PRESENCE: MARTIN Nansi Richards & Telynores Maldwyn - Clychau Aberdyfi Gwenno - Hunros

Zakia Sewell is a broadcaster, writer and DJ from London with a passion for music, arts, mental health and history. Zakia regularly produces and presents radio documentaries and podcasts for platforms including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Tate, and Boiler Room, covering varied topics, from British folk culture, to her mother's experience of schizophrenia, to Sabar drumming in Senegal, and was the recipient of the silver award for 'Best New Voice' at the Audio Production Awards in 2021.

Alongside her work in audio storytelling, she is an enthusiastic collector and sharer of music. She spent several years working behind the counter at Honest Jons Records in West London, and whilst working there landed a weekly show on NTS Radio, called Questing w/ Zakia, which she hosted for 5 years before taking on the NTS Breakfast show, which she now hosts twice a week. She DJs regularly at clubs and festivals in London and abroad, and has played for esteemed venues and festivals such as Brilliant Corners, Corsica Studios, XOYO, Dimensions and Dekmantel.

She has written articles for publications such as Weird Walk and Resident Advisor, and has an essay published in a forthcoming collection of essays by and about women in music called This Woman's Work. She also regularly leads radio workshops offering advice and support to aspiring radio makers and have worked on creative research projects with archives and arts institutions such as Timespan, the Stuart Hall Library and the George Padmore institute.

When not doing the above, Zakia can be found singing, playing guitar, taking long walks in nature and reading esoteric books about pagans.

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