THURSDAY : Oct 19th: 6:30-8:30 @ New York University

“Hailing from Chicago, Journey Will Jackson better known as “DJ Journey” will give a history of DJ’ing and the geographies of sound and mixing from the West Indies to the West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast. Incorporating various genres including house and hip-hop, DJ Journey will talk about his professional career as a songwriter, producer and film composer. He will be joined by his mentor Keith Shocklee of Public Enemy and other special guests.

This event will be moderated by Prof. Tao Leigh Goffe (SCA, NYU) who will be joined by her students as part of “Topics in Africana Studies: Caribbean Writing, Reggae, Routes.”

Open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.


Thanks for a Great Night

Thanks to everyone who attended ‘sound x color.’ We had a full house at 20 Cooper Square. This is the first of many conversations on art, race, and diaspora.  A special thanks also to those who brought donations for the hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for more.

  Photo Credit: Nou Moua

10/5 Donations for Hurricane Relief

Donations for Hurricane Relief
With all the chaos happening around the world, we at SCA want to do something to help others. So in response to Mayor de Blasio’s announcement encouraging New Yorkers to donate to the Hurricane Maria relief, SCA will now be accepting donations until Monday (10/9) for the following items ONLY:
– Feminine Hygiene Products
– Diapers
– Baby food
– Batteries
– First Aid Supplies
We will have bins near the reception for you to place your donations.
We are located on 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor.
Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Meet the Multi-disciplinary Artists

Kwami Coleman is a pianist, composer, producer, and musicologist. He is an assistant professor of musicology at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. In February of 2017, Kwami released his full-length LP Local Music, featuring bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The project integrates field recordings captured around Harlem in 2015-2016 with original compositions for trio, enhanced by electronics. Kwami has also published work on experimentalism in music and creativity in practice and as process. His book project, tentatively titled Change: Modern Jazz and its “New Thing” explores the waves of experimentalism in improvised music of the 1960s, referred to broadly as the “new thing” in jazz, and its critical reception, focusing on representative works by artists across jazz’s stylistic spectrum and the ways in which they fulfilled, provoked, or overturned modern jazz’s aesthetic regime. The critical backlash against the “new thing” in jazz is the topic of Kwami‘s forthcoming article, “Of Things Modern, New, and Blue: Criticism, Aesthetics, and 1960s Jazz.” Kwami is currently working on an electronic and sample-based recording project, to be released in Spring 2018.


Bocafloja is a Multi-disciplinary artist; Film, Music, Poetry, Photography and Theater are some of his mediums of creation.
Decoloniality, Third space theory, Body Politics, African Diaspora in Latin America and Intersectionality are fundamental topics addressed in his body of work. Bocafloja has been featured in:  BBC, NPR, AFROPUNK, REMEZCLA, MTV Iggy, NACLA, CULTURESTRIKE, and many other newspapers, magazines and media  outlets globally.  Some of Bocafoja’s  distinguished performances and academic presentations include: Casa de las Américas (Cuba), Casa de América (Spain), The Schomburg Center (U.S), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brazil), Lincoln Center (U.S),  The John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts (US),  Hay Festival (MX) and an innumerable list of Universities, Colleges, Cultural  Centers and venues in over 30 countries.


sound x color is a new event series at NYU  on the synesthesia of arts in the black diaspora with attention to the visual, sonic, and haptic sensory registers. It is generously sponsored by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis’s Program in Africana Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).