Tropitaal in Oakland, CA

 

Tropitaal returns to Oakland! RSVP here!

Passion. Tradition. Mix it up. On Saturday, May 4, MATATU’s Nomadic Cinema series continues with a journey through the shared histories of migration and cultural resilience of the South Asian and African diasporas.

Spice, music, and film become the vehicle in which we navigate the shared experiences of migrant nations that endure the systemic fragmentation of European aggression. Our featured artists arrive by way of Cuba, Haiti, India, and Uganda, each noteworthy for their nuanced approach in the gathering of people through flavor, story, and song. We’re not so much concerned with the categorization of the dish. We align in our global kinship of the meal’s preparation, the story’s crafting, the music’s vibration. The program is presented in three parts, framed as routes, whereby participants board where they choose and arrive at the center (TROPITAAL) all at once–together.

Travel includes a plated dinner (one dozen seats) prepared by Chef Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club, a talk featuring Heta Fell of the award-winning Stance Podcast, and Sana Javeri Kadri of Diaspora Co. spice company, a screening of Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, and Tropitaal: a Desi Latino Soundclash! with DJ’s Anjali & The Incredible Kid + Cuba’s DJ Leydis.

This is all happening at Red Bay Coffee Roasters, the nation’s largest African specialty coffee roaster. Tickets for each leg of the evening are limited, so book sooner than later to be a part. We’ll see you on down the road.
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DIASPORA TALK (7PM) Heta Fell fo the award-winning Stance Podcast speaks with featured collaborators about who they feel they are, cultural influences upon their work, and how they landed upon this direction in their lives. The conversation tracks reference points as coordinates, with a fond appreciation for the inbetween, underscoring the infinite cultural capital within the global Diaspora.
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MISSISSIPPI MASALA (7:45PM) Demetrius (Denzel Washington) is a stalwart, self-made man and owner of a carpet-cleaning business. A chance traffic accident introduces him to Mina (Sarita Choudhury), a beautiful young Indian woman whose family fled Uganda under the rule of Idi Amin. As Demetrius and Mina begin their secret love affair, each is swept into the other’s exotic world, soon finding themselves at the center of controversy and scandal. Mina’s parents, Jay and his wife Kinnu, are outraged by the relationship and concerned about their daughter’s disregard for the values and traditions of their culture. Demetrius, it seems, fares no better. The Indian community is outraged, his business suffers, the bank wants to repossess his carpet cleaning van and friends whisper that he has crossed the color line. However, Demetrius stands steadfast in his belief that a shade of color is all which separates him and Mina.
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TROPITAAL: A DESI LATINO SOUNDCLASH (10PM) Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India (“Taal”) and stir into Tropitaal – a Desi/Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions. Residents DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid combine their deep passions and deep crates from across the spectrum of Latin, Indian and Caribbean vibes. (We are not talking Salsa – but Reggaeton, Moombahton, Digital Cumbia, 3Ball Guarachero, Dembow and more).
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CHEF PREETI’S DIASPORA DINNER (6PM) Chef Preeti’s family style menu is inspired by the Ugandan influenced Gujarati Indian cuisine of her ancestors that moved from Gujarat to East Africa in 1944. It is a similar story for many refugees of Indian origin that fled Uganda in 1972 during a military coup that demanded their expulsion from the country within 90 days. Like the Indian family in MISSISSIPPI MASALA, her family’s food was influenced by their time spent in Uganda. The menu features a range of dishes wherein Indian spices are mixed with Ugandan vegetables like cassava and matoke, coconut milk and ground nuts are introduced to sauces in curries, and flavor profiles skew more acidic and salty, as opposed to traditionally sweet Gujarati cuisine.


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Date/Time
Date(s) -   Saturday, May 4th
6:00 pm - 1:30 am

Location
Red Bay Coffee

Address
3098 East 10th Street
Oakland
California

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