Thanushka Yakupitiyage is a Sri Lankan born, Thailand raised activist, cultural organizer, and DJ under the artist moniker “Ushka.” She deejays from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of club music from soca to dancehall, hip hop to south asian rhythms, baltimore/jersey club to baile funk, vogue cuts to kuduro, azonto to afrobeats and more. When she isn’t crafting dancefloor spaces, she's a political and cultural organizer.
She has performed across the U.S, Mexico, and Canada—including at institutions such as Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, American Museum of Natural History, and the Rubin Museum.
Most recently she released mixtapes on Discwoman and The Fader, performed live on Boiler Room, and produced a sound piece for artist Mel Chin's installation at Queens Museum, and played on the globally renowned online music platform Boiler Room. She is the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute 2018-19 artist-in-residence and was selected to be one of 52 artists who will be producing new work for The Shed Open Call in 2019.
Ushka collaborates with a wide swath of DJs and producers including DJ Rupture, Tygapaw, Papi Juice, Uproot Andy, Riobamba, and Juliana Huxtable. For the past five years, Ushka has thrown a QT/POC and immigrant-centered global club party with DJ Beto called iBomba.