In this talk, Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) will share their experiences and insights on the crucial role of intersectional coalition building in addressing injustices from anti-immigrant discrimination to Islamophobia to anti-Blackness. As a band that has merged powerful music with a strong social conscience, ADF has developed a unique voice in addressing systemic issues. They will discuss their own journey, highlighting the importance of understanding and challenging systemic injustices within the context of their South Asian roots and multi-cultural identity.

ADF’s commitment to collaboration and activism has allowed them to forge alliances with diverse communities worldwide. The talk will explore strategies for fostering meaningful coalitions, amplifying marginalized voices, and working towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

This event is hosted by the NYU Arts Center in Collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Biography

Asian Dub Foundation

Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) are a genre unto themselves. Their unique combination of tough jungle rhythms, dub bass lines and wild guitar overlaid by references to their South Asian roots and high-speed rap has established them as one of the best live bands in the world. During their long and productive career Asian Dub Foundation have shared the stage with the likes of Rage Against The Machine, the Beastie Boys and Primal Scream also collaborating on record with the likes of Radiohead, Sinead O’ Connor, Iggy Pop and Chuck D.

The story began in the early 90’s when ADF formed from a music workshop in East London at the institution which is their spiritual home, Community Music. Their unique beginnings in a music workshop in east London marked out both their sound and their wider educational aspirations, as showed by their early involvements with Roma Youth in Budapest, hooking up with the legendary Afro Reggae in the favelas of Rio, and setting up their own education organization ADF Education (ADFED), not to mention their campaigns on behalf of those suffering miscarriages of justice. Building a solid live reputation in the mid-90’s, particularly in France, they eventually established themselves as an important worldwide force and particularly as an explosive alternative to the backward-looking obsession with Britpop in the UK.

In addition to their blistering live reputation ADF were one of the first bands to experiment with the now more commonplace live film re-score, beginning with their rapturously-received interpretation of the French classic La Haine back in 2001. They’ve continued to perform said project or nearly two decades, taking in David Bowie’s Meltdown at London’s South Bank. They’ve also rescored George Lucas’ debut THX 1138 (with encouragement from Mr. Lucas himself) and they’ve recently revived their explosive live interpretation to the continually relevant Battle of Algiers at the Museum of Immigration in Paris.

It was a busy 2019 for Asian Dub Foundation with the long-awaited reissue of their Mercury Prize-nominated 1998 classic Rafi’s Revenge. The reissue garnered ecstatic reviews, all of which agreed that the sound and the message that ADF threw down in 1998 is as relevant now as it was then-perhaps even more so. So it’s timely that in 2020 the band released their 9th album “Access Denied” which finds them as uncompromising as ever. The album showcases ADF in full spectrum mode from the tough Jungle Punk sound of “Stealing The Future” and “Mindlock” through to the orchestral meditation of “Realignment” and the reggae lament of the title track. With guest spots from Greta Thunberg, incendiary Palestinian shamstep warriors 47 Soul, Chilean revolt’s rap main figure Ana Tijoux and radical UK comedian Stewart Lee, Asian Dub Foundation kicks harder and higher than ever.

Fatiah Touray Esq.

Fatiah Touray, Esq. serves as the Executive Director for Inclusion and Equity at NYU Abu Dhabi where she is responsible for leading and directing NYUAD’s programs that promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging (IDBE). Fatiah works in partnership with Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education (SLICE), the Office of the Provost, and all students, faculty, and staff dedicated to the work of helping NYUAD become a truly inclusive institution.

Throughout her career, Fatiah has shown that she can master multiple fields including law while maintaining a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She brings extensive leadership experience in higher education, complemented by her non-profit work and training as a lawyer and classroom teacher. Fatiah comes to NYUAD from Sarah Lawrence College where she was the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the President. Previously, she was the Assistant Dean of Diversity and International Advising and the Director of the Academic Achievement Program at the College of Arts and Science at NYU.

Fatiah received her B.A., with Honors, in Journalism and Africana Studies from NYU. Fatiah received her Masters of Science in Education from The City University of New York – Brooklyn College. Fatiah also received her JD from the Howard University School of Law.