Culture Matters in Malden

A new podcast that explores culture and arts as a lens to discuss important themes relevant to the Malden community.

Malden exists in a region originally inhabited by the Penacook Nation before a group of English colonists settled in the area. Over the past 360 years, waves of immigrants have shaped it to be a unique and diverse city with at least 42% of its current residents born outside the United States. The high school boasts more than 64 languages and today Malden is referred to as another “China Town” of Greater Boston. It is this rich history and cultural mix that makes Malden a unique place, a kind of microcosm of the world in five square miles.

Every two weeks, enjoy a new episode featuring someone from Malden with an interesting worldview, experience, or expression of culture to share produced by MATV staff and hosted by various staff and guest hosts. This podcast is supported in part by the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Listen to all episodes here, on Soundcloud, via podcasting apps, or by downloading it from this page.

CURRENT EPISODE

Justine Rose | A clean pair of shoes in Rwanda

A trip to Rwanda offers a Malden High alum Justine Rose joy and learning for the future. Raised by culturally curious parents and surrounded by classmates from around the world, it may be that Justine Rose’s craving for travel was born in Malden. Whatever its origin, she feeds this desire whenever she can: during vacation, college internships, and most recently as a biomedical equipment technician in Rwanda.

Immediately following graduation from Northeastern University, where she earned a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Justine Rose spent two summer months in Rwanda working with a team of engineers at two different hospitals. The trip did more than feed her appetite for travel. During her two months there the Rwandan way of gratitude, family focus, resourcefulness, and resilience affected her. She also found great joy in working together with others to help medical staff and patients in meaningful ways. She hopes to return to Rwanda some day and looks forward to combining her interests in culture, people, and medical technology to offer impact in places that will benefit.

Published – February 17, 2020
Host – Ose Schwab
Producer – Ose Schwab

Gihundwe BMET Team (Justine Rose far right)

Music heard on this episode is the song Dear Mashuka performed by Rwandan musician Igor Mabano, composed by I.K. Clement and recorded on the Araje album released on the Kina Music label in 2019. This was one of the popular tunes in Rwanda Justine and her colleagues listened to. The story about this musician is also rather touching. He gained a scholarship to a local music school and now teaches there – paying it forward. Follow Igor Mabano on Twitter and Instagram @igormabano


RECENT EPISODE

David Arteaga | The Jazz of Honest Living

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger David Arteaga leads the David Arteaga Quartet and runs the Sunday-Nite Jazz Jam Sessions that he founded in 2014. In 2017 David Arteaga recorded “Picture,” a CD of original jazz compositions he performs with Max Ridley, Plamen Karadonev, and Dave Fox, members of his David Arteaga Quartet.

DAQ Jazz at Vernissage, Brookline MA
Photo: Michael Rose

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger David Arteaga leads the David Arteaga Quartet and runs the Sunday-Nite Jazz Jam Sessions that he founded in 2014. In 2017 David Arteaga recorded “Picture,” a CD of original jazz compositions he performs with Max Ridley, Plamen Karadonev, and Dave Fox, members of his David Arteaga Quartet.

Arteaga is well versed in philosophy, classical music, jazz, and art of all kinds. He plays and composes music the way he lives – with generosity, integrity, honesty, and a sense of purpose. He believes “art has a central role in bringing people back to a recollection of why we are even here sharing this tiny little planet.”

Published – February 3, 2020
Co-hosts – Papi and Ose Schwab
Producer – Papi and Ose Schwab


Coming Episode

Karen Krolak | Choreographing life

Coming March 2, 2020


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