Monthly Radio Programme Latitude on Air
Latitude on Air broadcasts a two-hour radio programme once a month, in an online stream on this website. The broadcasts always take place on the last Friday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm. All previous programmes can also be accessed.
The theme on 24th September was “Kashmiri Identity“.
In the September’s programme “Home is an irrevocable condition” researcher and musicians take us to their home Kashmir:
“Kashmir, my home, my land estranged and benevolent. My parents are from Azad Kashmir, my family are from a village, bounded by the line of control, they call themselves Pakistani, I blame them, I don’t anymore, our identity locked inside Pandora's box. I love home, the idea of it is romanticised and tainted.
Without technology, without connection through social media the line of control would have been the line which separates our people forever. I hear many things I don’t believe in. I believe in one independent socialist Kashmir, under no one's control, under no occupation. No one is our friend here, we only have ourselves.
Kashmiri resistance has existed as long as the occupation. It involves workers strikes fighting occupational forces, young boys in jail and women raped by soldiers. The story of Kashmir is tragic but resilient. The lakes are beautiful, the mountains airy, this is India occupied Kashmir.”
Over the past years, the emergence of art and music as a tool of resistance has given their Kashmiri community hope and a voice within the liberation and international freedom movements. In 2019 the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to revoke Kashmirs special status which included the allowance of a separate constitution, a state flag and autonomy over the internal administration of the state. This decision gave a green light to a colonial settler project to continue its course.
The programme will focus on three artists: Zeeshan Nabi, a musician, the second artists identity will remain anonymous (due to safety reasons). She is a digital artist and political organizer. And Ather Zia, a professor and poet.
These three artists are at the heart of the resistance inspiring Kashmiri artists on the Pakistan occupied Kashmir side to join the fight against occupation. Through music and collective interviews, the programme will focus on each individual's journey and intentions while living under curfews anda military occupation which threatens their daily life and impacts their creativity. A journey into displacement, unity, a collective organising a fight against an oppressor, but with a distinct love for freedom, art and land. This show tells a story nurtured by history and abandoned by society.
Overview of previous episodes
Latitude on Air was conceived in June 2020 as an accompanying radio programme for the online festival LATITUDE on the FM frequency and online channel of the Berlin radio station reboot.fm. Over four days, experts, artists and activists explored the festival's themes, embedded in the larger framework of global dialogue on colonial power relations, their consequences and how to overcome them. As a follow-up to this successful cooperation, the idea was born to develop a monthly radio programme together with the Goethe-Institut and the Radionetzwerk Berlin (along with reboot.fm, cashmere radio, SAVVYZAAR and WEAREBORNFREE! Empowerment Radio).
Play the interview from the opening broadcast on October 25, 2020 as audio:
You can access all the previous episodes here: Latitude on Air.