Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and deejay who brings together diverse interests in electronic and bass music, immigration activism, and cultural organizing.
As a deejay, she is one half of iBomba – one of NYC’s premiere destinations for global electronic and bass music. She is also a part of the Dutty Artz label + crew, a collective of djs + producers creating sonic cultural production and events in NYC. Having grown up in several parts of the world, her musical influences are as transnational as she is. She deejays from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of music from soca to cumbia, hip hop to south asian rhythms, baltimore/jersey club to rasterinha, kuduro and other African genres for a wide audience.She does so with the philosophy that global genre-blending connects cross-cultural struggles and tells important stories between communities but most importantly, she translates this onto dancefloors.
Her debut mixtape, entitled ‘Foreign Brown‘ was well received, reaching over 6,300 listens in a few months (and now at close to 20,000 listens). It was profiled in Sounds and Colours reaching audiences in North America, South America, and the United Kingdom. Her more recent mixtapes, include What Edward Said, Open City Mix for the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and a live radio mix for El Centro Cultural Digital in Mexico City.
Ushka has deejayed throughout New York City and in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, Chicago, Oakland, Baltimore, Miami, and internationally in Toronto and Mexico City. She has also deejayed at the prestigious Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday, Manhattan’s Rubin Museum, Toronto Music Gallery’s X Avant IX Festival, the American Museum of Natural History, and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.