50 episodes

Award winning arts podcast.
Conversations on representation within the arts with artists and change-makers.
Created by Lou Mensah.

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Shade Lou Mensah

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Award winning arts podcast.
Conversations on representation within the arts with artists and change-makers.
Created by Lou Mensah.

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    Cynthia Lawrence John

    Cynthia Lawrence John

    Welcome to the final episode in my seven part, end of year series! Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual, I am joined by friends to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them.
    Cynthia is a costume designer, whose work you will have seen in successful British films, like the recent Rye Lane directed by Raine Allen-Miller. Cynthia's currently showing work at Somerset House in London as part of the exhibition Missing Thread, which charts the shifting landscape of Black British culture and the unique contribution it's made to Britain's design history. Our friendship began in the early 2000s, when we worked together in my capacity as a photographer.
    It was Cynthia's generosity of ideas and her unique approach to design that inspired me and makes her one of the most revered costume designers today. Cynthia and I sneaked in a super quick, ten minute conversation whilst she was on set last week. She shares her musical influences and talks about how music is the foundation of her design for all of her characters.
    Please share and review this independent Black art show. Thank you!
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    This series was produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Music King Henry IV for Shade Podcast by Brian Jackson
    Mixing by Tess Davidson
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    • 13 min
    Rashod Taylor

    Rashod Taylor

    Welcome to the penultimate episode in this Christmas series of conversations. Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual, I am joined by friends artists to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them.
    Rashod Taylor is a Missouri-based photographer whose photographs are a window into the Black American experience. His work uses portraiture to address themes of family, race, culture, and legacy. Rashod is most recognised for his Little Black Boy series, an ongoing project featuring his son, which earned him an Arnold Newman Prize. His work is actively collected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and has been featured in publications including National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, and many more. His photographs embody a communing of influences from the past, present, and future, he says ”I tell the story of my family history and my story, in my son's story.” Our conversation begins with Rashod telling us about the influence of negro spiritual songs on his work.
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    Mixing by Tess Davidson
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    • 21 min
    Tyrone Isaac Stuart

    Tyrone Isaac Stuart

    Welcome to this seven part, end of year series - new episodes are released each weekday between Dec 13-21. Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual. I am joined by friends (artists, dancers, musicians) to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them.
    Tyrone is a concept driven artist whose skills originate from Jazz and Hip-Hop Theatre. Working as a performer across dance and music, his practice has grown to become a mixture of Krump, contemporary dance, visual art & Jazz music. He performs in Julian Knxx's latest exhibition Chorus in Rememory of Flight, currently running at the Barbican. "There's already a musical language that is embedded in the ideas of that work because of the way Julian is working with choirs, and then I can try and translate that into movement. I have a good relationship with Julian and there's a lot of trust. So in some ways, we've established a chorus."
    He recently released his debut LP, S!ck - and was called ”one to watch" by Giles Peterson this year. Commissions include a full length theatre work for the Barbican 'An Earnest Life', a duet for Dance Umbrella, Beyond Words & an international Solo work for Hayley Matthews Ensemble. He is a Steve Reid Innovation Award 2019-2020 recipient, and a 2020 Artist in Residence at Clarence Mews Space, 2021 East London Ideas Fund Awardee & 2022 Peter Whittingham Jazz recipient and a 2023 Take Five jazz awardees.
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    This series was produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
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    Mixing by Tess Davidson
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    • 26 min
    Jose Campos AKA Studio Lenca

    Jose Campos AKA Studio Lenca

    Welcome to this seven part, end of year series! New episodes released each weekday between Dec 13-21. Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual. I am joined by friends (artists, dancers, musicians) to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them.
    Today I am joined by Jose Campos, who is also known by his artist name, Studio Lenca.
    Jose considers himself to be an artist that doesn’t belong anywhere apart from the world he creates.
    He says that “I have a deep longing to connect with the land of my ancestors. It’s a longing that I don’t realise is always there until it gets fulfilled.” 
    Jose was forcibly displaced as a consequence of El Salvador’s civil war, he one of the first wave of child migrants moving to the USA. Travelling illegally with his mother, the family lived as ‘illegal aliens’, cleaning houses with no fixed address. 
    His paintings depict regal figures that seek to decentralise the collective idea of Salvadoran identity.
    The work playfully references a combination of biographical anecdotes, personal reflections and folkloric iconography.
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    Studio Lenca @ TKE Studios in Margate.
    Studio Lenca website.
    Representation Carl Freedman Gallery.
    This series was produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Music King Henry IV for Shade Podcast by Brian Jackson
    Mixing by Tess Davidson
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    • 23 min
    Helene Love-Allotey

    Helene Love-Allotey

    Welcome to my seven part end of year series! New episodes will be released each weekday between Dec 13-21. Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual, I am joined by friends (artists, dancers, musicians and in today's episode an art specialist) to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them. Get ready to be inspired!
    Helene is Head of Sale and a specialist in Modern and Contemporary African art at Bonhams. She travels to Ghana regularly and specializes on art from that region. Her expertise also extends to 20th century Africa. Our conversation reveals just how knowledgeable Helene also is on African music and she recommends some excellent tunes from the continent that inspire her. We start our conversation hearing about a moment where she was talking with her SOAS tutor eight years ago, which led her on the journey to her current role at Bonhams. Stay tuned until the end to hear Helene's fantastic music recommendations!
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    Bonhams
    This series was produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Music King Henry IV for Shade Podcast by Brian Jackson
    Mixing by Tess Davidson
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    • 33 min
    Axel Kacoutié

    Axel Kacoutié

    Welcome to my seven part end of year series! New episodes will be released each weekday between Dec 13-21. Inspired by the Black radical tradition of the harmony between the lyrical and visual, I am joined by friends (artists, dancers, musicians) to explore the musical influences that inspire their work. We also look to the people, real and imagined, familial and ancestral who guide them. Get ready to be inspired!
    Today I am delighted to introduce my friend, Axel Kacoutié - the multi-award-winning creator who's been crafting sound, music, and words to challenge the familiar and revive a magic in the mundane. Previously the Creative Director of Sound at The Guardian, their work has featured on the BBC, Spotify and in physical spaces like the Barbican, Tate Modern & Sundance Film Festival. They’ve received British Podcast Awards, ARIAs, Third Coast awards and many, many more. Some of you may know Axel from our work together Black Balloons for Tate Modern, Interludes podcast series on art and healing and Wandering where we walk with creatives through art spaces. We start by hearing Axel talk about their work A Mother Tongue which is a personal essay reflecting on language, created for the BBC. They also mention Gatekeeper where Axel discovers a new sense of self in the cosmologies, concepts and realities of queer and indigenous folks. In this piece we hear Axel say "Somewhere between the narrow entry of Who I am and What I seem to be, lies a vast and nameless place.” It is this vast and nameless place that Axel and I visit in todays conversation.
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    A Mother Tongue by Axel Kacoutié
    V & A East The Music is Black Film sound designed by Axel Kacoutié
    Axel Kacoutié Instagram
    This series was produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Scamp Patel ,

LOVE

Such an important podcast, love the voices spotlighted and the conversations ~ Thank you

_cadavis ,

conversations well worth listening to

Shade is one of the few shows out there that is critically minded and focused on the structures within which we all live. Love the way Lou steps back to let her guests talk about their art, processes, and motivations behind their work. Listen, subscribe today!

Godspeedy ,

Beautiful!

It’s incredibly rare to find a podcast like yours that deals with the history and ongoing systemic oppression pertaining to POC. A podcast such as this is such a necessity for our white counterparts to listen, study, and understand EXACTLY what the marginalized is facing. Great show.

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