Atiyyah Khan

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AboutAtiyyah Khan

Atiyyah Khan is a journalist, arts writer, archivist, DJ, record collector and events-curator from Johannesburg, based in Cape Town. Since 2007, she has documented arts and culture and been published in major newspapers across South Africa. In 2010, she was awarded the Pulitzer Fellowship earning her an MA in Arts Journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, based at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). Atiyyah is also the co-founder of music and art collective Future Nostalgia, which has been running since 2013 and hosts listening sessions and gigs around Cape Town. As DJ El Corazon, her sets explore music beyond boundaries forming connections that link South Africa to the rest of the world. She has also experimented with self-publishing; her latest zine titled Bismillah references Islam and music in Africa. Currently, she is the Arts and Culture Journalist for online publication, The New Frame and hosts a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM.

El Corazon (Atiyyah Khan) is a selector, crate-digger and archivist from South Africa, who spins records as a way to communicate through sound. Her sets explore music beyond boundaries and form transcontinental connections, to evoke curiosity in the possibility of sound. She started collecting records more seriously when co-founding music collective Future Nostalgia in 2013. The collective is a platform to bring ‘collectors, selectors, deejays, and diggers’ together and hosts regular vinyl listening sessions around Cape Town.

As selector El Corazon, she plays a variety of sounds including dub, cumbia, jazz, funk and music from the continent. Over the last five years, Future Nostalgia has established its name playing gigs all over the city from small underground events to large scale festivals.

In December 2017, she took on the role of sound artist working with Zimbabwean dancer and choreographer (now based in New York), Nora

Chipaumire. The work was titled 100% POP and was first performed at The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus. It has since toured internationall between 2018 – 2020 throughout Europe and the United States, The performance involved creating a live sound-clash by layering sounds using turntables and digital media drawing from various music references, with Grace Jones as a jumpoff point and incorporating sounds of dub, Thomas Mapfumo and noise music.