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Episode 147 [in English]: Amina Shareef Ali

Amina Shareef Ali is a trans, Oakland-based singer-songwriter, therapist, mom, and punk of Egyptian, Turkish, and Filipino descent. She discussed the challenges of retracing cultural heritage lost through her father’s passing and her mother’s assimilation, and the complex pressures of passing identity to the next generation. We also discussed lies we’ve been told about “making it” as an artist under capitalism, the audience base she found after embracing her queer, trans, and mixed-brown identities, what it means to be (folk)punk, and more!

Amina’s new album ‘In the Dark (Awake Of Course)’ is coming out Monday March 29! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook for more updates!

 

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Episode 84 in English: Shamir!

Shamir, fellow introvert, exceptional singer-songwriter, and actor, joined Ellie, Alia, and guest co-host Miriam Hakim!  He also started his own record label.  After a brief Twitter exchange, Shamir was kind enough to sacrifice sleep (more than he already does) to talk with us!  The connection during the recording was instant – talking to Shamir felt like talking to someone we’ve known for a long time.  We discussed how gendered choir is, the significance of the dissonance-turned-harmony in Shamir’s music, and his upcoming tour with Sleater-Kinney.  We also got to talk about queerness, Islam, and the intersection of those two things.  We touched on Shamir’s love of country music and how, as a person of color, access to the country music scene is less than ideal.  Enjoy this episode – thank you again to Shamir for spending this hour with us.

If you don’t already follow Shamir on social media, that’s a problem:
IG: shamir326
Twitter: ShamirBailey

If you don’t already follow Miriam Hakim, that’s also a problem:
IG: kuzbaramusic & giantkittyband

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