Sights & Sounds: Jasmine Onstad
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Jasmine Onstad (Shiru) is a philosopher and DJ, completing her studies in Berlin. Her work is a collage of her dual Kenyan and British heritage, and compiles together sounds of past and present that create an eclectic sonic and visual experience. She is currently a resident at Refuge Worldwide where she shares mixes that embody themes surrounding music as healing, home and the various genres from Africa.
I’ve had Jasmine’s mixes on repeat the last few weeks as I’ve been in a process of re-discovering music that my parents used to play around the house when I was younger. It’s interesting how reconnecting with sounds from your past also helps you to reconnect with parts of yourself that may have been lying dormant.
And most recently, listening to the records she mixes takes me back to the yearly Kenyan summer party that our families meet at—a gesture that home isn’t bound to place or landscape, but is created by the people who surround us.
Here’s what she sent us this week!
In these last cold days-
the final blasts of chilly winds
before spring is ushered in
by soft petal breezes-
I'm taking time to find glimpses
of the light to come.
Thanks for consuming!
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