Kumari D’Shay is an artist originally from PG county, Maryland. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, lyricist, musician, producer, and graduate, Cum Laude, of the illustrious Spelman College. She has since moved to Atlanta, and has continued progressing in her career. Recently, she put out an inspiring video titled, “LIES WE TELL.”
This video begins Kumari walking through a forest, while occasionally cutting to historical clips that represent racial injustice. These clips make the listener realize just how many civil rights violations, police brutality, and wrongful injustice have gone on in recent history. A need for reform is symbolized throughout this video, and rightfully so as the video ends with the names of victims of victims of unlawful police brutality. Check out the video below.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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