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Khaira Arby (Song 2) Live at the Sanctuary for Independent M

Recorded Live Oct. 1, 2010 at the Sanctuary for Independent Media Experience desert defiance and womanly power as Malian diva Khaira Arby and her band invoke the mystery, history, and heart of Timbuktu in concert! ; This was the opening event of the Sanctuary's fall 2010 season, celebrating five years of adventurous programming!

Posted 1 year ago

By mediasanctuary

May Day Occupy Albany

Hundreds of people celebrated May Day 2012 in downtown Albany NY with an all-day event at Academy Park, as supporters of the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District and Occupy Albany joined to mark the true labor day with a modern affirmation of historic class struggle between labor and capital. We are the 99%!

Posted 1 year ago

By mediasanctuary


The 2nd Annual NY Shout OUT! youth media festival took place on April 30th at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Over 40 young media makers from across New York State came together to dialogue, discuss, create and express their views about important social issues. Ny Shout OUT! was a day filled with hands-on media workshops and an evening youth film festival featuring the best short films produced by youth from all over the state. Please click on this link to see the "Message In A Minute" short videos produced during NY Shout OUT! :
For more information about the groups who particpated check out the websites below:

Posted 2 years ago

By YouthFX

Teacher w/ masters degree making 8 dollars an hour

Welcome to America,

Where you go to school, work hard and do well only to get your degree and have $75,000.00 dollars in student loans to pay back while not being able to land a career job in the field you worked so hard at in college.

Get use to hearing more stories like this as we spiral downward into one of the greatest depressions in american history.

Thanks for watching/subscribing to the channel


Posted 2 years ago

By Thenewyorkcritic

Who Cares?

Created with special thanks to Branda Miller, this video was directed and produced by artist Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Her ongoing work on migration as a Pakistani immigrant living in America was interrupted by a bomb blast 1 km from her parents' home in Karachi while she was editing videos near Albany, New York. This video is the first in a series of portraits of life as a migrant in cities that she calls home.

Posted 2 years ago

By mediasanctuary

Occupy Troy / Occupy the Hood

Pastor Willie Bacote from The Missing Link Street Ministry is leading a Occupy Troy and Occupy the Hood March at 12:00 from Monument Square in downtown
Troy to Freedom Square at 101st and 5th in N. Troy. At 2:00 Pastor Willie will help facilitate a Peoples Mic for our neighbors and friends to aire their greivences
about what's happening in the world and our communitiy right now..So come march, rant and then we will feast on the bounty of the Collard City Garden..
This may be a demonstration but in reality it will be a great awakening and party..peace..c u there..

Posted 2 years ago

By urbandisasterrecords

Debo Band "For You and You Only"

Debo Band live from Freedom Square in Troy NY.

Posted 2 years ago

By urbandisasterrecords

Imarhan "Walle Walle"

Mali's "Festival in the Desert" Caravan for Peace tour came to Freedom Square in North Troy, NY on July 26, 2013. The Caravan shines a light on two of Mali's greatest contributions to the world's music: the Tuareg sounds and Malian blues, both revealing the deep and gritty roots, and the striking skill and musicianship of Mali's beleaguered artists.

Tartit/Imharhan transform from a very traditional mixed female/male ensemble—where voices, small hand drums (tinde), and stringed instruments form the basis for trance-inducing songs—to a band that reflects the often experimental, fascinating Tuareg adaptation of Saharan nomad music to contemporary, fresh sounds.

This presentation was made possible by funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Troy as well as volunteer labor and small financial contributions from thousands of patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

For more info:

Special thanks: Norman Keyser

Posted 3 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Christine Salem "Tulasizwe"

Christine Salem with percussionists Christine Salem and Harry Perigone performing on October 8, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. Accompanied on a kayanm (her favorite instrument) Christine Salem's voice seems to float as she sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili, mixing with subtlety music from the Indian Ocean with African rhythms.This original music is based on the rhythms played during ceremonies dedicated to ancestors in Madagascar, in Comoros and in Reunion Island.

A Sanctuary TV Production
Director Andrew Lynn
Cam 1 Phil Lawrence
Cam 2 Paul Melber
Cam 3 Darian Henry
Cam 4 Eleanor Goldsmith

Sound mix Troy Pohl
Technical Directors Steve Pierce, Troy Pohl

Posted 4 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Connecting with the Land Through the Senses: YMS School To Farm Project

Youth Media Sanctuary visited School 2 in Troy over a course of 4 weeks to take an urban walk and a field trip to a dairy farm. We investigated our surroundings through the senses using photography and video to document our experiences.

Posted 4 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Bread & Puppet Turns 50

Bread and Puppet Theater celebrates their 50 year anniversary this year!

Posted 5 months ago

By StuckinVermont

"Happy Hour" M.A.K.U. Sound System live at Freedom Square

Recorded live at Freedom Square in Troy NY

M.A.K.U Sound System is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin that is distinct. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Colombian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae, and soul. This 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2009 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, bass, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian percussion instruments such as maracas and gaitas (large indigenous flutes), and synthesizers--to name but a few. Most of the band members are Colombian immigrants who currently live, work, and play in New York City. Each of the musicians, regardless of origin, adds in his/her own interpretations and experiences to every M.A.K.U. song, both musically and lyrically, contributing to that indefinable quality in their songs that can only be defined as M.A.K.U.!

M.A.K.U. Sound System is:

Juan Ospina, lead vocals + bass
Camilo Rodriguez, guitar
Liliana Conde, lead vocals + percussion
Andrés Jimenez, drums
Felipe Quiroz, synthesizer
Robert Stringer, trombone
Isaiah Richardson Jr., saxophone + clarinet
Moris Cañante, alegre

A Sanctuary TV production with:

Branda Miller

Eleanor Goldsmith
Lydia Cordero - Campis
Jay Wilcox
Derek Sweeney Kesler

Live and Recorded Sound
Troy Pohl

Production Team
Ryan Jenkins
Andrew Lynn
Steve Pierce

and community volunteers

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts as part of the "Our Town" project.

Posted 9 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Panel Discussion on Solitary Confinement in New York State

A panel discussion on the reform of solitary confinement in New York State was held following a screening of the film Herman's House on April 16, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY.

The panelists were:

Scott Paltrowitz, Associate Director, Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York
Maria Pagano, Managing Attorney, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York - Buffalo office
Bob White, Interim Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches
Angad Bhalla, Director of Herman's House
Five Mualammik, Civil Rights Advocate/Organizer, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and the Jails Action Coalition

NYCLU Legislative Counsel Nathan Vogel moderated.

The event was co-sponsored by The Correctional Association, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, New York State Council of Churches, New York Civil Liberties Union and Prisoners Legal Services.

Posted 10 months ago

By mediasanctuary

Collar City Skate Park Initiative

The Collar City Skate Park Initiative is a grassroots organizing project to get a skatepark in Troy, NY where youth and all ages can skateboard and bike legally and free of harassment. Show your support!

This video was produced by Youth Media Sanctuary.

Posted 10 months ago

By mediasanctuary