ALPHAMAMA on performing at the Sydney Women's March, and how it inspired the release of her new song Stranger In Asia
At the end of last year, photographer Michelle Grace Hunder and Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore undertook an exhibition, concert and film project to showcase the deep and wide array of women in music in Australia. One of the Her Sound Her Story subjects was Sydney based ALPHAMAMA, an entrepreneurial artist who is constantly pushing her musical and personal self and boundaries. In the past ALPHAMAMA has shared stages with Dead Prez, Jean Grae, Macy Gray, Salt n Pepa, Tuka, L–Fresh The Lion and toured as a backing vocalist for Jessica Mauboy, touring Indonesia, South Korea, Germany, USA and South Africa. ALPHAMAMA's live shows comprise of her jazz, soul, hip hop, world music fusions, poetry, rap and are by all accounts deeply spiritual. ALPHAMAMA's musings about a woman's place in the world come through with each new song, thought, and image, and her new song, Stranger in Asia is no exception.
ALPHAMAMA recently performed to some 8,000 women at the Sydney Women's March, and was so inspired by the gathering she decided to bring forward the release of the aforementioneed single from her forthcoming EP Honey Fire. "I'm a stranger in Asia, a lost girl in space; I'm a danger of ages, robbed of my place."
In this interview with Music Love, ALPHAMAMA discusses the Women's March, balancing business and art, and how she believe politics and music should inform each other.
What does music mean to you?
Expression, getting through the cracks.
Tell us about performing at Sydney’s Women’s March?
It was so huge! The energy was amazing, you could feel the collective intention and unity! The love was overwhelming and it was such a beautiful privilege to be able share words and music to the amazing people who came out. Apparently there were like 8,000 people there. I had no idea when I got the gig how big it would be!!
How important is politics and music?
I think they both inform one another and should engage more. Both are vital to harmonious living. I do believe that we could transcend politics if we raised our consciousness but that's a long way off and even then politics would still be handy to coordinate society and achieve goals together.
How do you balance business and art?
It's a constant juggle. I think it's time to get a manager now, I'm finally ready to take that step and allow someone else to take on some responsibilities for me as I'm getting busier and busier. I actually love the business aspect of being an artist but my art suffers because I have to be all the things.
Who are your favourite Australian women in music?
Alice Night, Wallace, Nardine, Sarah Connor, Krystie Nichols, Michelle G Hunder, Claudia Sangiorgi, Syrene Favero, Deya Dova, Missy (Ginger and The Ghost), Vyvyanne Abla, Mirrah, Milan, Lisa Purmodh
How was it to be part of the Her Sound Her Story exhibition?
Epic. I love any excuse to do a photoshoot and this one was so fun!!
How do you look after your voice?
I emote :) And I don't smoke, drink or take drugs
What is your favourite place in Australia?
Edgecumbe Beach in Tasmania
Who is your favourite Australian non-musical artist?
Chaosi (Bravo Child)
Alphamama's single Stranger in Asia is out now.