Atiyyah Khan | female:pressure

With Atiyyah Khan, and female:pressure

b.l.a.c.k.n.u.s.s by Atiyyah Khan (Future Nostalgia), freedom sounds and struggle music from across Africa. A sonic exploration of blacknuss in its various forms.

Recorded for International Women's Day 2021, in collaboration with female:pressure and Lakuti. BLACK WOMXN'S LIVES MATTER


1. Blacknuss – Rahsaan Roland Kirk

2. Black Is chant -The Last Poets

3. Uhuru, Kwanza – Randy Weston and Langston Hughes

4. Solidarity, Arabian Nightingale – Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell 

5. Mahawara- Ahmed Abdul-Malik 

6. Oriental Mood – Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band

7. Malaoue - Abdu El- Hamid et son Orchestre

8. Ataraghine - Hama

9. Nikali Talit - Mdou Moctar

10. Halandongo - Damily 

11.Sabado - Daniel Haaksaam ft. Bulldozer

12.Bom Dia - Kononi No.1 meets Batida

13. Sompiro - Phillip Tabane and Malombo

14.Nhasi – Thath’I Cover Orkestra

15. Riot – Hugh Masekela

16. Amaxesha Osizi – Louis Moholo-Moholo

Atiyyah Khan is an arts journalist, archivist, selector, crate-digger, record collector and events-curator from Johannesburg, based in Cape Town. 

In 2013, Atiyyah co-founded music collective Future Nostalgia, which hosts listening sessions around Cape Town. The collective is a platform to gather in the spirit of community and brings together ‘collectors, selectors, deejays, and diggers’ to celebrate the culture of records and listening. 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. 

Since 2007, Atiyyah has documented arts and culture and been published in major newspapers across South Africa, both in print and online. She was the 2010 Pulitzer Fellowship recipient for her Masters studies at the University of Southern California. Currently, she writes about music, art and culture for online publication, The New Frame.