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Growing up with gal-dem

English, Social, 8 seasons, 90 episodes, 2 days, 10 hours, 46 minutes
Welcome to gal-dem ('s first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Natty Kasambala and Niellah Arboine invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up. Hosted on Acast. See ( for more information.
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Anchal Seda on the power of affirmations and making a plan

It’s our final episode of season 6 and we are joined by the lovely Anchal Seda, social media content creator, presenter and culture champion. In this positive and inspiring episode Anchal talks to us about her new book, What Would the Aunties Say? And how it’s important to talk about uncomfortable but important topics in intergenerational culture settings.  Anchal talks us through her extract which focuses on how to believe in yourself, the power of affirmations and planning - a great way to start the new year! Look out for the next season of Growing up with gal-dem when we return in 2022! Thank you so much for listening. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/30/202128 minutes, 38 seconds
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Angela Camacho on being happy and alive from now to 105

Trigger warning. This episode of Growing up with gal-dem includes a mention of an abusive relationship and instances of violence.This week we are joined by Bonita Chola, Angela Camacho: indigenous creative, Bruja, and a community organiser for Wretched Of The Earth. Angela talks us through the differences between her South American culture vs the western influences that have been seeping through her life in London and how she remains true to her beliefs from protest culture to family values.We have another non-traditional extract as Angela shares an image of a party flyer from a venue she used to work in. Angela helps us relive the party scene of 2011 but also reminisces on her survival methods during a hard time in her life and how they help her life a happy life now.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/23/202136 minutes, 32 seconds
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Aisha Shaibu on getting back out into the world

Content warning: this episode contains mentions of death and illnessIn this’s episode of Growing up with gal-dem Natty and Nie are joined by Aisha Shaibu, LGBTQ+ activist, cultural producer, and founder. We hear about the significance of queer nightlife in not only London but around the world and having safe, fun spaces for the community - owned by the community. For this week’s extract, Aisha shares a note she wrote 15 years ago after losing her grandma rediscovering the emotions she experienced and learning about the positive impact of living in an intergenerational household. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/16/202134 minutes, 55 seconds
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The power of words with Nikesh Shukla

In this episode, gal-dem chat with writer, screenwriter, editor and mentor Nikesh Shukla as they take a closer look at his career and the writing world. Nikesh explains how he didn't allow a saddening and unforgettable experience with a scam company at a young age to overcome him, and instead, made him realise the respect that should be given to his work. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/3/202035 minutes, 50 seconds
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Nao on stepping into your other self

For this episode gal-dem are joined by East London hitmaker Nao. Here, Nao describes her initial issues with confidence as a singer and what it was like to come up in the midst of the Soundcloud movement, a creative space that gave prominence to so many musicians today. Join us, as we also discuss finding your sound, the importance of mentors and why balance is key in life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/26/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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Finding stable ground with Simran Randhawa

In this episode, we catch up with a fave member of the early gal-dem team, the wonderful Simran Randhawa, whose career as a model and writer has skyrocketed over the last few years. Delving into topics such family, social media and imposter syndrome, Simran shares an extract from a turning point in her life and shows how ultimately, facing her past meant that she was able to flourish and feel grounded in the present. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/19/202032 minutes, 53 seconds
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Family sacrifices and feeling carefree with Sophie Duker

For this episode, gal-dem are joined by comedian and writer Sophie Duker as she discusses grief, escapism and teenage escapades. During a difficult period of her life, Sophie describes the comfort she found in trivial dramas during her teenage years. She was soon met with the stark reality of growing up after the passing of a close relative, causing her to realise the sacrifices her family had made for her happiness and to enable her to feel carefree. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/12/202031 minutes, 37 seconds