“Space to breathe” is not a phrase commonly used within discourse
on the surrounding BPOC culture, yet it is consistently proven that
racialised communities are at greater risk of suffering from a range
of stresses induced by deep-rooted structural issues.
In this Discussion with local Glasgow-based BPOC creatives we will
explore the importance of BPOC creative spaces as a means of building
community, an outlet for internalised oppression, and a celebration of
BPOC culture outside of narratives of struggle.
Host Effua Ibojie will be joined by Nicole Ndlovu, co-founder of Uber
promising and up & coming Glasgow based ZAZA Zine, local BPOC
party-artisan duo Mojxmma and 2022 BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the
About the panellists
BEMZ: Freshly crowned as BBC Introducing’s inaugural ‘Scottish Act
of the Year’, Bemz - aka Jubemi Iyiku - is only getting started.
Born in Nigeria, Bemz moved to south London with his parents and six
siblings when he was just four. Ten years later, his father decided he
should escape the chaos of London and move north to Scotland, where he
lived with his aunt and uncle in Stranraer. It was here that Bemz
found his voice. From freestyle rapping with his brother at the age of
15; to studying sound production in Ayrshire college; to eventually
moving to Glasgow, where he made his SAY (Scottish Album of the Year)
Award nominated 2020 debut album ‘Saint of Lost Causes’, Bemz’
lyrical journey is tangible proof that rap’s cultural reach
stretches far beyond London and the English borders.
Championed by the likes of Radio 1’s Gemma Bradley and DJ Target,
Bemz’ sound stands out for being strikingly honest and unrestrained.
Last year he dropped his highly anticipated second EP ‘M4’, before
being crowned Best Live Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
Since then, Bemz has embarked on a UK-wide tour supporting The Snuts,
and has sold out his biggest headline show to date at Glasgow’s King
MOJXMMA (Mo-Jam-ma) is an Edinburgh/Glasgow based club night run by
high school friends Mahasin (Halal Kitty) and Jam Eye. Mojxmma was
created due to the lack of safe spaces for queer and trans BPOC in
Scotland, with the first event held in Feb 2020 at Wee Red Bar in
Edinburgh. Since then, Mojxmma has moved to Glasgow and has secured a
bi-monthly spot at queer bar and club spot Bonjour. Their nights aim
to curate a space for QTIPOC+ to come together to find community and
be themselves - using dress-up themes to promote self-expression and
showcasing local talent by providing space for local queer DJs and
performers of colour to have guest spots at each event.
NICOLE NDLOVU is a Scotland based, Gen-Z creative who has a strong
knowledge of South-Korean pop culture and the borders in which it
intertwines with Western pop culture. Her interests lie in writing
about Music, Culture and Entertainment. Nicole is motivated by
highlighting art created by POC, as she believes that diversity across
creative medias has so much more to offer. This representation is for
the people both in front and behind the cameras. Alongside being a
writer, Nicole is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of ZAZA the Zine
with Sueli Pereira— a platform which aims to give a voice to
Scotland-based creatives coming from underrepresented, marginalised
communities. ZAZA works to put Scotland on the map within the creative
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This event will include: panel discussion & Q&A.
Part of Glasgow Zine Fest 2022