Women of Colour & the Music Industry

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An online discussion panel looking at the intersections of gender & ethnicity as an artist

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The Musicians' Union and the F-List have partnered this Women's History Month to organise two online discussion panels to explore representation in the music industry from the perspectives of the artists.

Chaired by Rose Delcour-Min, Education and Equalities Officer at the Musicians' Union, this talk will look at the careers of the panellists, reflecting on how they made their way in the music industry and looking at the help needed to encourage others

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BISHI - Singer, electronic rock- sitarist, Composer, producer and performer BISHI was born in London of Bengali heritage. A multi-instrumentalist, BISHI received musical training in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles, including the study of the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. Bishi is the founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform elevating Women & Non-Binary in tech. The podcast ‘Creative Women in Tech,’ was launched in May 2020.

Estee Blu - Hailing from Hendon in North-West London, Estée Blu first picked up the microphone at the tender age of six, as a member of the children’s Gospel Choir at her church in Kilburn. Her musical vocabulary includes Jazz, Neo-Soul and RnB as a child of the nineties. Estée Blu’s value system and lyrics, champion authenticity and imagination through Rhythm and Blues. In August 2015 she was chosen by Sennheiser UK as the winner of ‘Westfield Presents Artist of the Month’, with a performance streamed live on KISS FM. Now a proud Roundhouse Resident Artist, the London Singer-Songwriter Estée Blu is amongst the new wave of indie British Soul singers, holding her own weight and bringing her own style to Contemporary RnB.

Camille Maalawy - Camille has achieved notable acclaim for bridging both musical and cultural divides. Born to a Coptic Egyptian father and English mother, her repertoire is as extensive as it is diverse, ranging from opera, oratorio and music theatre to embracing both Arabic and Jewish music. Her CD, Daughter of Arabia draws on her cultural heritage as well as showcasing her vocal talent. Camille is a participant of the Pegasus Opera Mentoring Programme in 2020, and was recently awarded a PRS Resonance residency with Opera North, where she intends to explore the diversity of her cultural heritage more deeply.

Cilla Raie - Cilla Raie is a British R&B Singer/Songwriter from North London. Taking inspirations from the likes of R&B Legends Aaliyah, Brandy, Destiny’s Child and Toni Braxton. Cilla Raie began recording music at just 14-years-old, with credible grime producer DaVinche (Stormzy, Skepta, Wiley) being her mentor during the early stages of her musical journey. As Cilla continued to progress she developed professional relationships with established music producers such as KZ, Rymez, Fred Cox, Z Dot, Jay Jay Musika and Tre Jean Marie. Including artists such as Avelino, Double S and C Cane.

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The MU makes every effort to ensure that all events we organise are accessible to everyone who would like to attend. We want to provide equal access to our events for all our members. If you have any access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please contact rose.delcour.min@themu.org at least 1 week ahead of the event to discuss what you need.

About the organisers

Join the Musicians' Union from £1 and become a member of the UK trade union for all musicians. Representing around 32,000 members working right across the music industry, the MU stands up for employed and self-employed musicians working in every area of the UK music industry. MU members can join the Disabled Equality Network here.

The F-List is the directory of UK based female musicians supported by a not-for-profit organisation working to help female musicians overcome structural barriers by facilitating training and profile and professional opportunities.


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