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Chaska Sofia AKA Precolumbian is a trans Philadelphia-based DJ, musician, cultural creator and co-founder of queer experimental club night Seltzer. Her work was honored with the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award and has been featured in The Fader, NPR, MTV, Fact Magazine and more. She has been creating events and pioneering queer nightlife in Philadelphia for 15 years. Chaska Sofia was born in Lima, Peru and emigrated to the US as a refugee fleeing Peru’s armed conflict during the 80’s. Her art is heavily influenced by resistance and perseverance in the face of colonialism and imperialism. She utilizes sounds and iconography from South America merged with club music and techno reflecting a contemporary queer immigrant experience.