CHEKERAUT: Akua Naru. The African-American Queen from Cologne, Germany

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​Having begun writing and performing rhymes as a young girl, the New Haven, CT (USA) born Akua Naru, began crafting in her early years what would later reveal to be a great talent for profound lyricism and extraordinary musical performances. Known as a traveler, as chronicled throughout her Jan. 2011 debut release, The Journey Aflame, this female wordsmith has garnered attention by trotting the globe, recording her experiences and fusing musical genres with her brand of hip hop. Formerly based in Philadelphia, there have been many stops along the way, from traveling West Africa to touring China, Naru moved to Cologne, Germany where she currently resides and creates music. <AkuaNaru.com>

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How I met HER… Quintescence (INTERVIEW)

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

Hey my name is Quintescence. I was born and raised in the Bronx NY.I recently signed to Rockboy Records, multi-platinum Dr period label. I was just five years old when I found hip hop.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

Music was my way of releasing all my stress. My mother was on drugs when I was a kid so writing was my way of releasing my frustration.

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3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I do not do anything else for a living. I have had jobs before but I made a way for myself in the music industry to get revenue. A lot of people say that I’m a role model for women and that the game needs me. I’m not perfect but I try my best to represent hip hop and women in the best light.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

In my opinion, the key to success is hard work and consistency.

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5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

I want to shout out my Rockboy family, Dr, my team Quintescence, Big foo, Clip, Cheyyenne, Jack, Deshawn, and the bx for being behind me.

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Ein Konzert der besonderen Art am Weltfrauentag

Heute ist Weltfrauentag. Das Orange Peel feiert den Anlass mit einem Konzert der besonderen Art: Bei “Lady on the MIC” gehört die Bühne den Frauen.

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Die Künstlerinnen rappen, singen, beatboxen und tanzen für die Sache der Frau. “Ich wohne seit 2011 in Frankfurt, komme aber ursprünglich aus Litauen. Bei uns ist der Weltfrauentag ein Feiertag”, erklärt Penta Pitches, die der Veranstaltung ihren Namen gab und eigens einen kleinen Gesangs-Trailer für das Event produzierte.

Langfristig möchte sie das Konzept erweitern und den weiblichen Akteuren des Musikgeschäfts eine Plattform geben: “Ich baue momentan ein Netz für Frauen aus der Musikbranche auf”, sagt die 26-Jährige.

Für ihre heutige Premiere gewann sie schnell bekannte und stimmgewaltige Unterstützung. Be Shoo, Kaye Ree, Preshuz T. undGunn Passion heißen die Künstlerinnen, die ab 22 Uhr im doppelten Sinne ihre Stimme erheben. Moderiert wird die Nacht von Jo Elle Jalan. Ganz ohne Männer geht es dann doch nicht – die stehen an diesem Abend aber hinter den Plattentellern.

“Der Weltfrauentag ist ein superaktuelles Thema, weil die Frauen gerade überall gegen Gewalt und Unterdrückung protestieren und sich zusammentun, um Halt zu finden”, empfindet Sängerin Kaye Ree. “Ich spüre eine wachsende Solidarität unter den Frauen.” An der eigenen Branche übt sie deutliche Kritik: “Bei den Musiklabels sind immer noch Männer an der Macht, die mehr das Geld zählen, statt die Musik zu würdigen.” Sich selbst sieht die Sängerin, die Ende April ihr zweites Album “New Air” auf den Markt bringt, in einer anderen Rolle: “Ich finde, als Künstler hat man eine gewisse Verantwortung, besonders, wenn man einen hohen Status in der Öffentlichkeit genießt. Nutz doch Deine Popularität für eine gute Botschaft”, sagt sie. “In der Musik setzen Frauen immer noch viel zu viel auf die Sexschiene.”

Sie spreizt die Arme und deutet karikierend einen Booty-Shake an – Mund leicht geöffnet, Brust raus, Becken vor und zurück. “Stars wieLady Gaga, Beyonce oder Rihanna füttern nach wie vor diese alten Stereotypen.”

“Ich finde es schön, dass da jemand die Initiative ergreift”, lobt Kollegin Be Shoo das “Lady-on-the-Mic”-Konzept. Sie steht heute mit Kaye Ree am Mikro. “Was soll ich da noch sagen – Frauenpower!”, ruft sie und reißt die Arme in die Höhe. “Ich mache das nicht, weil ich denke: ,die armen Frauen‘. Aber es gibt arme Frauen”, erklärt die Künstlerin. Sie selbst stand mit Rap-Größen wie Method Man oder Trey Songz auf der Bühne, leitet Tanzworkshops und führt ihre eigene Eventagentur. “Männer im Publikum sind übrigens mehr als erwünscht”, sagt Be Shoo und lacht. “Das ist ja kein Junggesellinnen-Abschied.”

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Artikel vom 08.03.2013, 03:24 Uhr (letzte Änderung 02.04.2013, 17:13 Uhr)

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HOW I MET HER… SOULCAT E-PHIFE (INTERVIEW)

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

My name is Emily, E, E5 (Phife) or simply Soulcat. I react to all 3 of them. I was born in Dominican Republic and I live in Vienna, Europe now – where I mostly DJ or rap, record and perform, while I’m also always watching out for additional things I can get busy in – as long as they make me grow as a person somehow. I love all arts, I love the universe and nature, kids, my boyfriend, my daughter and my family so there’s always something to do and get happy with for me.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I’ve always been jammin’ to my favourite songs or the rhythms of nature and urban area, really, as a kid I could never hush. I think I’ve always been a musician somehow, I should have practiced harder than everyone else though, besides making a decision on what I wanna do for real. I think lyricism has always been my strength. I come from the Austrian upper Styria jazz scene but I never brag about that which is why a lot of people underestimate me a lot. But I don’t give a fuck – I believe that if you humble yourself great things will come to you. And it happened! Hip Hop found me once when I was a teenager struggling in life and the second time when I moved to the big city in my early twenties tryna find a job. I just started meeting the right people – it felt like that thing people call being at the “right spot at the right time”, you know what I’m saying. It helped a lot that I’ve been experimenting on the machines and the one’s and two’s making beats for a while before I left town to head to the metropolitan area, so I really had a great topic to talk about: BEATS n RHYMES!!!

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3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I want to keep on doing it as long as I can and get better with every show and every recording, and not only better but stay innovative. That, to me, is the most important thing. I never want to lose the connection to this inspiring spiritual voice of mine that talks to me whispering all those memories and poems and punch lines. What I want to say varies from song to song – sometimes I talk about my life and what I came to see, sometimes I talk about spiritual, higher realm philosophies and sometimes I just want to go off on how fly the beat is and how we came to make it and what happened when I stepped into the studio and who I’m hanging with – the message delivers itself, you know what I’m saying?

Well, when it comes to what pays my bills – like I said, I get busy in many of things so I can say that my way of life helps me to get through and eat but if I want to travel and do additional things, I add some more DJ Gigs to it. I also do jobs that don’t have anything to do with music, but this is not what it’s about, right? 🙂 If I get busy in a regular day job, I do it to gather impressions.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

Persistence and creativity within a great character.

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5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

I wanna give a shoutout to my sisters in the Vienna nu-soul team Soia and Nomadee who really resembled not only great friends but also great & genius colleagues as singer/songwriters. I have a feeling we could lyrically produce double LP’s on the song writing. Or even do poem books. Or some other off the hook stuff!!! That’s how much our sound and our energies meet. Then again I wanna give a shoutout to MC Soom T from Glasgow – we had the opportunity to share stage and have long conversations on the road – we think alike and we definitely vibe n’ connect. That’s the most important thing! I’m also giving shout outs to my girl Manmeet Kaur holding it down on the mic for the ladies of hip hop in INDIA!!! You rock and we will create – if it wasn’t for hip hop, where should the 90ies Kids find peace? haha. Further I wanna give thanks to all underground catz on the mic who do & dig rap – you don’t know how much y’all are part of all dope femcee’s success. We’re all a huge team with no competition but cooperation and we should all respect each other. That’s how I feel. PEACE!



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FEMININE MYSTIC Tour in Europe

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THIS JUST IN: The FEMININE MYSTIC Tour in Europe//October and November 2013!
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