#16: Anna-Liisa Donatella:

#16: Anna-Liisa-Donatella

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practicing and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age. At first, she was told she  didn’t have much of a voice and was not allowed to join the local choir. But she didn’t allow that to crush her vocal confidence, so she kept auditioning and eventually got in to the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester. She has since joined and led many more choirs and got a Gospel Mentorship.

The school of knowmads has changed her life. It’s for “lost birds” and she lost her voice there. She started dancing and had the opportunity to dance in front of the whole school and there she started to reinvent herself. Her alter ego – the fairy – made her dance through an old trauma and it made her realize how healing dancing and art is. This is the film Anna-Liisa talks about in the Interview – created and performed by her. It’s a performance about a healing journey, a transformation of pain into power. 

Still on her healing journey she went to Trinidad and Tobago with her Gospel mentor. All of sudden she found herself in the jungle as part of her mentor’s family with her mentor’s father slowly passing away. The atmosphere there allowed her to just sit there and sing along to the piano, no matter what would actually come out – whispers or silent songs.

Over time she found her voice appearing again and she now wants to help others who have experienced the same thing. When I asked her if she could share with us the music she sang in Trinidad, something magical happened. Anna-Liisa has since published her song not only for the podcast, but also shared it with the whole world, video and all. She also plans to do more music and two choir projects. I’ll share any news with you guys!

Her blog ‘How to be happy’ contains musings, stories, pastoral philosophy, resonant thoughts, diary writing (journal) recommendations and tools for your own process, ideas in collision with facts, pitches and gestures, loving words and non-sensical pieces that she have thought about and enjoyed. An assortment of sensations to try and answer this one question: “how to be happy, indeed.”

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#14: GiwHa – The Artist formerly known as Musiqman

#14: GiwHa - The artist formerly known as Musiq Man

by GiwHa | The Healer Hip Hop

GiwHa is a quite diverse artist: he is a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and plays the Piano, bass, drum machine, percussions and a little bit of Sax all by himself.

Born in Nigeria, and raised in Brighton, UK, he grew up listening to a lot of music at home, such as Fela Kuti, Billy Ocean, Marvin Gaye and always played music in church where his mom would sing.

He studied engineering at university, which was more of a back up plan than his true passion. However, this has prepared him for the technical side of music so that it came easy for him to produce music.

 

I don’t follow people. I follow what I do. GiwHa

Yet, it wasn’t until after his mother had passed away in 2007, that he finally started doing music properly as a producer around 2009. Under the name Musiq Man he has since published two instrumental albums.

Finally artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and a chat he had with Robert Glasper backstage at the Love Supreme Festival convinved him that there was room out there for his own voice.

 

People need to hear it from me too. GiwHa

He felt like the name Musiq Man was very generic, so he finally went with a name that meant something to him and that was unique:

GiwHa – after his Grandpa Giwa.

GiwHa only met his Grandfather when he was very young and he remembers that he was scared of him and didn’t want to touch him. He later got to know more about him and learned that he resembles his Grandfather, who was a very important man in his town – Giwa means leader, he was adviser to the King. GiwHa began to realize that that’s ME!

Find out more about GiwHa on Bandcamp or follow him on Social Media!

Music as a Healer:
“Music has always been a healer to me. My first album is dedicated to my mom. She passed away in 2007. She was a singer and music was her passion and I couldn’t think of anything else to make her this proud. I’ve always used music for everything and to express myself.”

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#13: Aaron Taylor – “You can’t hide from it forever”

The first song I heard of Aaron Taylor is his song “Blue“, which to me sounds like part 2 to D’Angelo’s classic “Untitled (How does it feel)” – and I instantly fell in love with Aaron’s music. In the interview I talked with him about his love for music, his way into music and what made him start as a producer first, despite his obvious singing talent.

 

“You can’t hide from it forever”
Admitting that he at first had self-esteem issues when it comes to music, the London-based producer and Soul singer finally started to sing his own songs and put them on SoundCloud. The response to it was great and he’s now published two EP’s and two Singles so far, and has just completed his first European Tour.
In the Interview you”ll also get to listen to two of his songs, “Blue”, and “Be Alright” – so just tune in, and lay back and let The Healer Hip Hop take over.
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