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Zakia is a broadcaster, writer and DJ from London with a passion for music, arts, mental health and history.


She regularly produces and presents radio documentaries and podcasts for platforms including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Tate, and Boiler Room and has explored a wide range of topics, from Caribbean ancestral drumming, to schizophrenia and intergenerational trauma, to improvisation in the arts. 

Alongside audio production, Zakia is an enthusiastic and respected collector and sharer of music. Having spent several years working behind the counter at Honest Jons Records in West London, Zakia landed a now-weekly and widely popular show on NTS Radio, called Questing w/ Zakia, where she interviews guests and plays cosmic music from across the globe. As a DJ, Zakia has performed at esteemed clubs and festivals in London and abroad, including the likes of Dekmantel, Dimensions, We Out Here, GALA, XOYO, Brilliant Corners, Gorilla, Jazz Cafe and Maiden Voyage. 

Zakia regularly leads radio workshops offering advice and support to aspiring radio makers and has worked on creative research projects with archives and arts institutions such as Timespan, the Stuart Hall Library and the George Padmore institute.

When Zakia isn’t doing any of the above, you’ll find her singing, playing guitar, taking long walks in nature and reading esoteric books about pagans.

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