Hari Kondabolu w/ Chef Nite Yun (Nyum Bai) at MATATU19

In our seventh year, the MATATU Festival of Stories navigates the migratory patterns of global diasporas, presenting a series of regional experiences aligned in geographic movement and diasporic positionality.

On Friday, September 27 we look to the nations of Cambodia, India, and Laos including a dinner with (James Beard semifinalist) Chef Nite Yun of Nyum Bai, the California premiere of LaoMagination w/ Bryan Thao Worra and Kaysone Syonesa, a full comedic performance by Hari Kondabolu, and TROPITAAL: Desi Latino Soundclash, a dance party celebrating the multi-textural fibers of diaspora. More Info

Chef Nite Yun

The idea to start Nyum Bai came to Yun at a small noodle stall in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Halfway through her bowl of Kuy Teav Phnom Penh, Yun realized a need to bring the beauty of Cambodia back with her to the States and represent for a culture that’s been tainted by war and genocide.  In February 2018, Chef Nite and team opened their first, brick and mortar in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. More Info


In 2020, Bryan Thao Worra and Kaysone Syonsea and 40+ artists present LaoMagination 45, an interactive, interdisciplinary exhibition presenting multi-generational stories of the Lao community as it marks its 45th anniversary. This is a special preview performance of one of the key storytelling works incorporating poetry, visual and performance art that will be presented during the main exhibit. More Info


Hari Kondabolu

A comedian and writer based in Brooklyn, NY, the NY Times called Hari “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In 2018, his Netflix special “Warn Your Relatives” was released and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. He has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. More Info

Tropitaal: a Desi Latino Soundclash!

Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India ("Taal") and stir into Tropitaal: a Desi Latino Soundcalsh where Resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid and the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions. (We are not talking Salsa - but Reggaeton, Moombahton, Digital Cumbia, 3Ball Guarachero, Dembow and more.) More Info

Presenting The Nomadic Cinema
Named after rural share taxis, MATATU is a cultural experience vehicle that shuttles local audiences to global destinations via film & performance. The platform engages in a public inquiry around the role of the African Diaspora in a contemporary urban American context, asking, “How does an Afro-Future actually materialize without some intentional framing by creative citizens from around the Diaspora,” and “Where are the occasions to envision strategies for health in post-colonial Black culture?”

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