Beats and melodies overlap and intersect, bumping into one another, much like the global artists mixing them. The lilts and cadences of many accents color the voices recording in the studio, singing in combinations of Swahili, English, and sometimes their own tribal dialects.
Every Monday, young refugees and immigrants come together for this DJing workshop, Mixing Matters, to bring the rhythms of their country to life within a little red-brick building on Shelby Street.
“Probably 95 percent of students are new to the country,” said Jarden Zarantonello, one of the organizers at Rhythm Science Sound, which puts on the workshops. “The majority are refugees.”
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A nonprofit organization called “Hire Her” is giving a group of five girls the opportunity to take their photography skills to the next level.
“The photography industry is dominated by males,” Valerie Esquivel, the program’s manager, says. “And so, for us, it’s really important that we create a space for girls, particularly girls of color.”
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