Last month news came about upcoming album Queendom, an album for women by women.
Due for release on 6th March and coinciding with International Women’s Day on 8th – Musicvein tracked down a few of its artists – Lekky, Sahfy and producer James Sewell to find out more.
Today singer/songwriter Sahfy shares her story on why she joined the project, her views of women in the industry and what she hopes Queendom will achieve.
Musicvein: Sahfy! It’s been fantastic hearing about the Queendom project briefly tell me how and why you got involved.
Sahfy: “Well I’m a World Artist and the Producer James contacted me saying he liked what I do, as it was different, and that he had a project with women he wanted me to be a part of. When I looked at the other females on the album, they’re all unique in their own way – all got a special talent so I liked the idea straight away. I like to see other women do well you know, given the opportunity for some limelight and for a man to be doing this as well was lovely.”
Musicvein: So you mentioned that James liked your work, how long have you been in the industry?
Sahfy: “I’ve been doing this for about 3 or 4 years, making my own music, creating videos and also ghost-writing for other people. Though for the past 2 years I had been trying to discover what sort of style I wanted to do and see where my voice fits best. Prior to that I was/still am really a dancer – belly dance, dancehall, hip-hop – it was the fact that I experienced a lot of hate and racism when going for auditions, being turned away because of the colour of my skin that I turned to writing.”
Musicvein: That’s interesting that you mention experiencing racism, what happened?
Sahfy: “Yeah, I’m into Caribbean/Island music and as a dancehall dancer, I used to try and audition for Caribbean artists videos, but I was turned away a lot and it wasn’t even the Caribbean people who did this! I was experiencing racism from my own people! It’s not something that you hear of really but it does exist and for a while it made me uncomfortable in my own skin.”
Musicvein: So how did you deal with this?
Sahfy: “As I say I turned to songwriting to get it all out, I even wrote a song called ‘No Colour’ about people embracing cultures and letting music unite.”
Musicvein: Back to Queendom, tell me about your contribution to the album.
Sahfy: “Me, I wrote a song called ‘Eastern Promise’ which was produced by Black Orchid. The song is a blend of Arabic, Dancehall and Pop music.
Musicvein: And what do you hope to achieve with this album?
Sahfy: “I hope Queendom shines a light on women in the industry. At the moment women are treated as inferior and men do dominate the industry. I’ve had my fair share of meeting unprofessional men in the business, some of whom have wanted me to either be more sexualised or to act inappropriately – it’s caused me to miss out on a lot of opportunities. These are the type of things that are happening but women feel silenced and that they can’t speak up because of the stigma it will bring. I hope that Queendom will help us to unite, have our voices heard and break through barriers.”
Next week, we hear from the artist Lekky, on why she’s contributing to Queendom.