About This Artist

Nkeiruka Oruche is a cultural organizer, producer and multidisciplinary artist, specializing in Pan Afro-Urban culture and its intersections with personal identity, public wealth and sociopolitical action. Currently, she is focused on expanding and sustaining grassroots change-making and community health through work as co-founder of BoomShake, and Afro Urban Society, and as Artistic Director of Gbedu Town Radio.


About this Project

‘Mixtape of the Dead & Gone #1’-  Egwu Onwu Ahamefula

Every track must come to an end, but you don’t have to.


If your final journey is to the land of ancestors, what would you leave behind? What would you take with you? 


When Ahamefula is faced with these questions, posed by #7, a Messenger on ‘Onye Ozi’ Ancestor app, sent to collect them, their first instinct is to run, until #7 offers Ahamefula a chance not to be forgotten. Afro Urban Society & CounterPulse present ‘Mixtape of the Dead & Gone #1’, a shit-just-got-real Afro-Urban dance-theater tale exploring the limits of stunting and reality, vibes and inshallah, legacy, heartbreak, and acceptance.


egwu ọnwụ Ahamefula is the first stage in the ‘Egwu Onwu: Mixtape for the Dead’ (MDG) series as part of the ‘Obi gbawara’m//My Heart Shattered or What happens after I die?’ (OGB) project. Created and facilitated by multimedium cultural artist and producer Nkeiruka Oruche, OGB is a multimedia performance, & cultural reclamation project reactivating the practice of death and grief performance from the Igbo Ọdịnanị & Ọmenala tradition. Drawing from pre-colonial Igbo traditional forms, as a point of departure, MDG will recreate & reimagine grief songs, dances, and poems remixed with Pan Afro-urban forms to explore the questions How do we hold pain, grief & joy for ourselves & as a community? How do we define & self-determine our liberatory practices? And how do we remember who we are in societies designed to make us forget?


MDG/OGB is created through the methodologies of first-hand living, reading, oral narrative, immersive travel, interviews, apprenticeship, and community gatherings. The project involveS bringing together Indigenous Igbo and other Diaspora Black folks: everyday people, artists, cultural practitioners, community organizers, and scholars based in the Bay Area as well as back in Ala Igbo (Igbo land), and other parts of the diaspora.

The full project will materialize as a multi-faceted series of ceremonies, visual installations, multimedia performances, workshops & interactive sessions, and an experimental docu-dance film.

To learn more about the project visit nkeirukaoruche.com/ogb


Photo Credit: Ashley Ross

Learn more about the ARC Edge 2022 Residency Presentation

featuring Audrey Johnson & Nkeiruka Oruche

Thursday – Saturday June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022


Upcoming Events

Secure Our Stage

Help CounterPulse Buy Our Building
We have $1 million left to raise to meet our $7 million goal this year! Donate Now!

the NETWORK project

Saturday - Sunday July 2-3, 2022 at 4:30PM PT

SF Arts Board Match

featuring CounterPulse, The Tenderloin Museum, Bay Area Video Coalition, and more!
Wednesday, July 13 at 6PM PT


Flyaway Productions and the Museum of Craft and Design
Thursday & Friday, July 28-29 at 7PM PT

Archived Events

The ABJD Series

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Saturday June 11, 2022 • 4PM PT at The Roxie Theater

Edge Residency 2022 – SOLD OUT

Audrey Johnson & Nkeiruka Oruche
Thursday - Saturday June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022 at 8PM PT

Commedia dell’Arte and the Art of Improv in Drag

Presented by Oaklash
Tuesday May 24th at 6PM PT

Block Fest 2022

Friday May 13th @ 3PM PT

Blog Roll

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  • The ABJD Film Series Comes to Its Conclusion

    The ABJD Series • Directed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto • Presented by CounterPulse Saturday, June 11, 2022 • 4:00 PM PT • The Roxie Theater • counterpulse.org/the-abjd-series Tickets available here at a range of $14-$24. The ABJD Series is a four-part film series and finale of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s six year multi-media project, Tomorrow We […]

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  • Defining Freedom with David Brandstätter

    The Artist Talks About His Upcoming Performance of FRE!HEIT with Michelle Jacques This performance has been postponed until the Fall of 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates. “I felt I was lacking freedom, but I couldn’t find out what made me feel so unfree,” performance artist and co-founder of Shifts– Art in Movement […]

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  • Notes from the process : [and then we must be]

    Inspired by ancestral, community-centered, and spiritual relationships to land and plants, [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson is a research and ritual project honoring Black American practices with land and plants through the modes of food, farming, rootwork, and magic. The work honors the practices that get passed down through recipe, spell, and story, as well as the memories active and activated in the body, plants, the land (soil, clay, mycelium, strata), and in spirit.

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  • CounterPulse Presents ARC Edge 2022

    Paying homage to Black American spirituality and African Diasporic rites of community, the 2022 CounterPulse Edge program presents [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson and, in partnership with Afro Urban Society, Mixtape of the Dead & Gone #1- Egwu Onwu Ahamefula by Nkeiruka Oruche + Gbedu Town Radio. This year’s Edge performances invite the audience into conversation with the land, spirits, the afterlife, and the legacies that inform the rituals and practices around them.

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