Radio Huracán

We are delighted to collaborate on the radiowaves with Radio Huracán, a programme generating encounters, or “sonic hurricanes,” that function as spaces where sounds meet and collide continuously: (r)evolving languages, rhythms, sounds, landscapes, and space-time, from which the frequencies that articulate the reverberations and symbolic force of the hurricane are broadcast.

As part of the 2024 programming of Radio Nopal (a Community Radio based in CDMX, Mexico), Radio Huracán consists of six stages which emulate the creation and movement cycles of the hurricane. Each stage will be hosted by the project founders Tatiana Rais and Mario Lianos and will feature the participation of different guests made up of artists, researchers, and musicians residing in America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Each episode in the six-part series is followed by a curated playlist by the invited speaker. Radio Huracán recognizes playlists as spaces of enunciation and platforms for narrating different socio-cultural, historic, political, and economic struggles.

With the desire to create their own utopia of time and rhythm, to invoking the hurricane as a metaphor for representing the movement of non-physical frequencies across the Atlantic-between Africa and the Americas/Caribbean — Radio Huracán aims to (de)construct the relationship of the body with rhythms, times, dance, poetry, and the body itself. This radio program is grounded in the philosophical thinking of the Barbadian poet and writer Kamau Brathwaite, influenced by his assertion, “the hurricane does not roar in pentameter”. It is intended to understand how rhythms and times develop in and from Africa and the Caribbean, and how they construct a form of thought and struggle inherent to the spatiotemporal and geographical relationship within bodies: defying the orderly rhythms of pentameter, and holding a potency of untamable nature.

Tatiana Rais is a curator and cultural manager. She is the co-founder and director of Espacio Odeón, a platform in Bogotá for experimentation in contemporary art and community practice. She is an active member of coopia, a cooperative experiment committed to action through inhabiting and learning with the socio-environmental trans-formation of territories. She is also a musical selector and lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.

Mario Llanosis a curator and co-founder of the Research and Residence Program La Usurpadora (2011–2021). He is currently working on the construction of the Passage Research Center (PRC) project, which aims to create a multilingual, transatlantic digital archive with interests in Pan-Caribbean notions and ideas. He lives and works in Puerto Colombia, Colombia.

03.03.2024 Episode 1
The episode features Wairimũ Nduba: Kenyan researcher, teacher, and Kenyan musician whose inquiry works through musical history, and curation. Her work focuses on the nuanced intersectionality within Kenyan music and is based on the idea that research is playful, immersive, and a collective effort. Through her explorations, she seeks to unify film, photography, and ornamentation as central parts of African musical stories. She is also the creator of "Wer Jokenya", a digital archive platform that aims to celebrate the musical history of Kenya, built on collective and community memory.