Behind the scenes of Black Brown Gold

Behind the scenes of Black Brown Gold: A conversation with Humeysha
Conversation: October 5, 2017 | 7:30PM
Location: The Betsy Hotel – South Beach | 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
ArtCenter/South Florida is proud to present an intimate salon conversation and music video release with Humeysha musician Zain Alam and filmmaker Ethan Young, in partnership with The Betsy-South Beach. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.

Zain Alam
Zain is an artist whose work explores South Asian artistic traditions, transnational movements in the Islamic world, and diasporic identity in America. His music has been covered by outlets such as Vice and Village Voice, and his writing has been published in The New Yorker and Buzzfeed. As an alumnus ofthe AIF William J. Clinton fellowship; ArtCenter/South Florida Fellowship Program and the South Asian American Digital Archive’s artist fellowship, Zain’s creative practice has been supported in both artistic and academic spaces. He is presently a graduate student in Islamic studies at Harvard University and the frontman of the NYC-based recording project Humeysha.

Ethan Samuel Young
Ethan is an award-winning NYC-based filmmaker. His music videos have been featured on Stereogum, The Fader, Noisey, i-D, and Paste Magazine, among others. His short film work has screened in competition at festivals around the country including Slamdance, Comic Con, and The Austin Film Festival. He previously directed the music video for Humeysha’s Burma Between You and Me which garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Conceived in India and Pakistan by Zain Alam, Humeysha channels diverse influences, echoing sounds from New York to New Delhi. Their multilingual self-titled debut record evoked a wayfarer’s meditative travels through heritage and homeland. Since its release, the album has had a track peak at #9 on the Spotify USA Viral Top 50 list and counts nearly half a million streams. After recording and producing the debut record in New York, Humeysha expanded into a live band in 2016 and has played at sold-out nights at venues like Baby’s All Right and Mercury Lounge, opening for bands like Swet Shop Boys and Heems.

They have been written about in Village Voice and The Fader. The live show features projections manipulated on-the-fly and coordinated outfits for the band members for a full audiovisual experience. Humeysha is performing in cities across the Northeast and is currently at work on a sophomore album slated for release in late 2017.

The Betsy – South Beach
A 2017 recipient of the Americans for the Arts BCA 10 Award, The Betsy – South Beach is on a mission to redefine hospitality. Poetry is at the heart of who they are and what they do – and guides their year-round programming which includes live music, art exhibitions, poetry readings, book signings, guest room libraries, poems placed on pillows at turn down each night, and charitable collaboration (since 2009) with more than 350 nonprofit organizations in South Beach, and beyond.
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