Decolonizing music: The R3 Collective

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, musicians Rosina Kazi and Amai Kuda talk about their involvement in the R3 Collective, a group of performers based in Toronto whose work covers a broad range of styles and approaches but who are united by their commitment to decolonization and to social justice.

Kazi is half of the electronic music duo LAL and Kuda is a singer-songwriter. The R3 Collective brings them together with eleven other artists, musicians, and performers to provide mutual support and a new kind of environment for creating art and addressing issues. Their website describes them as devoted to "recovering indigenous roots and resisting colonial oppression through music, dance, visual art and theatre for and by marginalized peoples, with a particular focus on Queer Indigenous and Queer communities of colour." The collective recently completed their first tour, which combined performances, workshops, and grassroots community-building. Kazi and Kuda talk about the tour, the group, and their vision of the inherent unity of artistic creation and struggles for justice.

Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada through in-depth interviews that concentrate not on current events or the crisis of the moment, but on giving people involved in a broad range of social change work a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it. To learn more about the show in general, click here.

You can also learn more about ways to listen or go to the show's page on rabble.ca. To learn more about suggesting grassroots groups and organizations for future shows, click here. For details on the show's theme music, click here.

Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists.

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