📚 The notes 📚
Hi everyone, I hope your Friday is going well!
I always loved getting letters, so much that I used to wait eagerly for the postman when I was a kid. There’s probably no need to tell you that I eagerly await this letter each Friday/music-letter-day, with the same joy! What a beautiful idea you had Jed, and thank you so much for having me here.
Music is my everything.
I am not a musician, or a DJ, and I don’t even work in or near the industry. I don’t know genres or what make a song a good song. And most of the time, I struggle remembering the names of artists (I am really bad with names). But I wake up with music. I can’t travel without it. I need music to go through the day. I need it to go to sleep.
I listen to music when I am angry, sad, happy, in the mood to dance, when I need to chill, or when I need to think. Music makes me feel good.
I’m addicted to it, big time.
This summer I went to the fantastic We Out Here festival, and I realised that most of the artists I wanted to see were female artists. I saw everyone I wanted to, and I can confirm that they were amazing – many of whom you’ll hear today.
Being a woman in the industry isn’t be easy. Most of the female artists aren’t recognised for their music skills. Many aren’t recognised at all. Sexism is rife, making your way is challenging, and when you do get recognised it still doesn’t get any easier.
So today I wanted to introduce you to few of them, with the simple wish of bringing them recognition for the amazing music they create, and for keeping going it despite an unequal environment.
Today’s artists (and links to their work or websites) are; Rosie Lowe, Okay Kaya, Regina Spektor, Elsa Hewitt, Kate Tempest, Hania Rani, Cleo Sol, Allysha Joy, Mali Hayes, Madison Mcferrin, HAAi, Colleen, Marie Davidson, Lizzo, Wild, Belle, Salt-N-Pepa, Dua Saleh, Neelam, Little Simz, Etta Bond, Alice Clark, Sophie Faith, Maria Usbeck, Akua Naru, Hejira, Laura Misch, Kaleema, Mim Suleiman, Femina, and Alice Coltrane.