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Episode 164 [in English]: Taüs Jafar

This episode features Ṭaüs Jafar, formerly Tamara, who was born in Troy, MI to an Iraqi-Muslim immigrant family.  Ṭaüs’ music and songwriting has played on the radio, been featured in pop songs, in the scores of feature films and TV shows, and been part of experiential design in museums and large-scale public installations. Jafar’s work and experimentation as an artist, musician, and activist eventually led them to a practice and pursuit of knowledge around healing, meditation, and dharmic studies. After two years of training to become a teacher of a non-dualist meditation practice, Jafar is called again to share their music.

Total Habibi, Ṭaüs’ solo debut single, is the result of their intellectual and creative journey to this moment.  During this podcast episode, we discussed their process of music making, their family background, their meditation practice and what led them to it, and more!  Watch for the release of Ṭaüs’ single on June 22.

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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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