In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, this week’s mix celebrates women and non-binary and trans artists around the planet. With the help of fellow editor, Isabella Gomez, I found metal out of Egypt, Afrobeat from Ghana, Australian indie rock, queer activist hip hop from Cuba, dream wave out of Thailand, and singer-songwriters from EVERYWHERE. Please enjoy, and do what you can to take part in protests around the world on Wednesday. March in solidarity, don’t buy, don’t work, organize, make a difference.
Colombia: Bomba Estéreo, “Soy Yo”
Electro tropical out of Bogata.
Ghana: Jojo Abot, “To Li”
Afrobeat, jazz artist from Ghana and now in NYC.
Brazil: Karol Conká, “Boa Noite”
Curitiba-born rap artist.
Australia: Camp Cope, “Done”
Melbourne rock trio helmed by Georgia “Maq” MacDonald.
Peru: Gala Briê, “Intensos Instantes”
Gabriela Gastelumendi’s indie pop project.
Greece: Nalyssa Green, “Κοκτέιλ”
Singer-songwriter from Athens.
Lebanon: Postcards, “Oh the Places We Will Go”
Beirut-based folk rock.
Argentina: Fémina, “Los Senos”
Folk, rap, funk trio from Buenos Aires.
Taiwan: Waa Wei, “雪女”
Mandopop singer-songwriter from Fuli, Hualien.
Cape Verde: Mayra Andrade (featuring Branko), “Reserva Pra Dois”
Cuban-born to Cape Verdean parents, Mayra Andrade grew up in Senegal, Angola, and Germany, but she spent a few months on the Cape Verde island of Santiago every year. This is part of her collaboration with Portuguese electronica artist Branko.
Trinidad & Tobago: Calypso Rose, “Leave Me Alone”
Tobagoan artist’s feminist answer to Carnival’s sexism.
Dominican Republic: MULA, “Nunca paran”
All-woman electronica band.
Papua New Guinea: Ngaiire, “Once”
Vocalist born in Lae, Papua New Guinea, and based in Sydney.
Sweden: Zhala, “Holy Bubbles”
Swedish-born Kurdish artist making futuristic cosmic pop.
Vietnam: Suboi, “Đời”
Hàng Lâm Trang Anh is rap artist raised in Saigon.
Cuba: Krudas Cubensi, “Mi cuerpo es mio”
Black, queer, feminist, activist hip hop. “Get your rosaries out of my ovaries.
Germany: Gurr, “#1985”
Garage rock duo out of Berlin.
Egypt: Massive Scar Era, “Come Around You”
Heavy metal band based in Cairo and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Japan: CHAI, “ぎゃらんぶ”
Four-piece, all-woman punk band from Nagoya.
Poland: The Dumplings, “Sea You Later”
Electropop duo out of Zabrze – Justyna Sweis sings here.
Cameroon: Vagabon, “The Embers”
Rock singer-songwriter Lætitia Tamko was born in Cameroon and currently based in Brooklyn.
Costa Rica: Las Robertas, “The Feel”
Feminist fuzzy garage rock.
England: RAY BLK, “Chill Out”
Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter out of Catford, London.
Thailand: Vivid Dream, “Silence”
Shoegaze-y dream wave from Bangkok.
Spain: Hinds, “Castigadas En El Granero”
Indie rock, all-woman four piece from Madrid.
Tunisia: Emel, “Ensen Dhaif”
Artist known for her protest music in the Middle East. This song was featured in the Iranian documentary No Land’s Song.
New Zealand: Shirley Setia, “Koi Shor”
Indo-Kiwi singer-songwriter, born in India and grew up in Auckland.
Puerto Rico: Balún, “ La Nueva Ciudad”
Indie dance pop band hailing from Puerto Rico and now based in Brooklyn.
France: Ibeyi, “Lost in My Mind”
Paris-born French-Cuban sisters making fusion jazz in French, English, and Yoruba.
Russia: Pussy Riot, “Organs”
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