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Episode 59 in English: MEER!

Reem, otherwise known as MEER off rap duo COOL TAN (p.k.a HEAVY)  is a Lebanese/Palestinian/Iraqi wordsmith, poet and artist. Her raw and unapologetic raps speak about suffering and mental health. Her music journey creates a platform for others who are also living with depression from strict cultural traditions.

Reem has been involved in other bands such as COOL TAN (previously known as HEAVY) they have already been involved in festivals such as ‘Auckland city limits’ and ‘Laneway’. Played support for Le1f, Earl Sweatshirt, Jurassic 5 and Ratatat.

Having just moved to Australia recently she’s already halfway through her album, and just released a single (the SAME TIME as this episode release, which was such awesome timing).  It’s called Fatoush, and you can find it on Spotify as of now!

Reem has a passion in mental health and is an advocate when it comes to speaking her mind.

Follow Reem:

https://www.facebook.com/meeriscool

@__meer_is_cool__ on Instagram

Check out the following interviews to read more about Reem:

https://www.google.co.nz/amp/s/digital-serum.com/2018/10/29/diaspora-meer-makes-waves-for-arab-women-in-rap-music/amp/

https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/03-11-2018/rapper-meeronce-i-started-to-love-myself-completely-i-became-almost-unstoppable/

https://www.google.co.nz/amp/s/noisey.vice.com/amp/en_au/article/8qgmbp/auckland-artist-meer-is-exploring-injustice-in-the-arab-community

Music:

https://thatsheavybro.bandcamp.com/

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Episode 48: We’re Raising a Camel with Tania Safi

We are incredibly honored and grateful to have talked with Tania Safi! Tania grew up in Sydney, Australia, and has done extensive work in media journalism internationally. Tania is a filmmaker; she was head of video for Buzzfeed Australia and then moved to Los Angeles, where she was the senior video producer for Bring Me and Buzzfeed Entertainment.

Nadia Khayrallah co-hosted this episode with us and we had a very fun and meaningful discussion. Tania Safi’s presence in the media has made us feel represented. It is not often that we get to see queer SWANA representation, and Tania has given that to us and to so many fellow queer SWANA people.

Tania has created such beautiful work including her film “Traub Laus” which earned a SIGNIS award and a United Nations Plural+ International award. You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/55482316

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