Nashirah Riggs is Designing and DJing Her Way to a Better Post-pandemic Philly

In 2015, West Philadelphia resident Nashirah Riggs (aka Nashirah) got her start as a DJ in an unusual way.

As a student at the now defunct Charter High School for Architecture and Design, she was working with classmates on putting together a fashion show when a teacher suggested she work on the event’s music. After the event proved successful, Riggs quickly earned a residency at Dahlak Paradise, an Eritrean restaurant and bar on Baltimore Avenue.

“That was the first time I DJ’d for a crowd,” she told