All in Herstory Series
Donna Summers’ was given the title “ The Queen of Disco” in the mid-1970s as she began to rise in the height of the disco era. Using her formal training as a basis, Donna, differentiated herself from her peers through her tireless stage performance, musicality, and international appeal to grow the development of disco and pop.
In this Herstory, we focus on Susan Rogers, a Prince fan who became the sound engineer for some of his most influential works throughout the 1980s.
Odetta Holmes, a singer, guitarist, writer, actor, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist became cemented as the “Voice of The Civil Rights Movement” and sparked the folk revival of the 1950s.
Predating the Bhangra nights of today, desi youth — often too young to attend night-time events — would attend afternoon club events that to hear new blends of South Asian folks and Western pop. This served as a vehicle to navigate desi identity in the UK. For Herstory 24, we explore the deep history of Daytime Raves in the UK.
Minnie Riperton stands as one of the most underrated vocalists in music’s history. The short list of singers that are trained to exercise the whistle register often cites Riperton as their main influence. While we don’t know how high her career would have reached, we do see how far that influence carries forward today.
Patrice Rushen was a classically-trained jazz pianist with aspirations to branch out into a solo R&B career. Not only did she succeed at a solo career, but went on to become a producer, musical director, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist in the process.
It will always remain an unlikely story that a middle-aged, white schoolteacher would have such an influence on the musical landscape of Southern Soul.
With the release of her Believe album in 1998, she went from rock star to pop star. This moment is important for another reason - Cher popularized the new pitch-altering software, auto-tune.
Elza Soares is not a name that you hear very often outside of South America, but is one that you should know moving forward. She has become not only one of the most revered names in Samba, but one that has displayed strength and resilience since the 1950s. Surrounded by continually younger musicians and an ever-changing musical landscape, the iconic Brazilian singer, has remained a constant power in our midst. This is her story.
Michie Mee's experimenting with battle rap and dancehall created a new wave of hip hop in Toronto. One that matched its title as the most multicultural city in the world. She was also the fist Canadian rapper to sign a record deal with an major American label.
The godmother of rock ‘'n’ roll was a guitar-shredding, queer, womxn of colour. What does a rise to fame look like amidst racial segregation?
The rise of Kym Mazelle demonstrates the power of pirate radios. The US-born singer songwriter found success on illegal radio stations and it led to a bidding war among major record labels.
Missy Elliot didnt fit the industry’s expectations of a female artist so she created a new way of existing in the industry. Her talent and her story of rejection and resourcefulness is a source of inspiration for many.
Ivy Queen’s 2003 hit “Quiero Bailar” shaped the sound and culture of reggaeton. Find out why so many artists credit her as an inspiraiton.
The voice behind some of your favourite reggaeton hooks deserves more recognition.