Yesterday, we had a fantastic time online at the Gospel Music concert “Sax Interpretations – Ladies Edition”, where myself, along with Ornisea Williams Hird, Barbara Witter, Rinelle Harrynarine and Ginger Cornwall brought the best of the saxophone to screens around the world. The event was very well received, gathering hundreds of views on Youtube and thousands on Facebook!
When the times come that society opens up for dialogue and collective improvement, the consideration of intersectionality becomes more important than ever. Obstacles pile up the more of these “little boxes” society manages to fit you in: race, gender, age, financial status, health condition, etc. Cafemnee is a project I created many years ago with the firm purpose of removing some of those obstacles and open the path for artistes, more specifically, for female musicians.
Not every outlet is suitable for every creator, and given that, as we have mentioned already, each one of us has a limited amount of energy and time, depending on the circumstances it may be best for you to keep your income sources offline. Let’s see if that’s the case!
The evenings are quiet times that allow you to unwind for the day and let go of the things that trouble your mind. It is a good time to find some goodness for your senses, to listen to new music and let yourself be filled with wonder for the fantastic talent that is out there. One time, doing exactly that, I found the marvelous voice of Cynthia Erivo.
We now have a platform with private forums where members can share exercises and WIPs for others to provide feedback. We have a gallery of lessons that they can revisit whenever they want. We had videocalls and shared screenings, we learned together to use a wide arrangement of virtual tools. It was enriching, it was empowering, and it allowed us to rise together against the challenge of the pandemic.
Are you a woman in music and/or do you know women in music? There is a brilliant opportunity to develop skills and connect with fellow female musicians with Cafemnee’s online workshop!
Some of you are already familiar with Cafemnee, my project to empower women in music through education, promotion and networking. We have two big events per year, and the next one, called “Pleasing Your Audience”, is coming on Saturday 4th April.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award in A-Spire magazine is open until Thursday of next week, 25th April! I would dearly appreciate if you could help me with your vote to get a full-page feature in the magazine this time. It would be the perfect finishing touch to quite an exciting month!
The Women in Music Conference, organized by the Musicians’ Union, took place in Manchester on March 28th. It was an enlightening and empowering event where prominent female voices gave us an insight on the nuances of the industry, some keys for success learned from their experience and, mostly, a boost of courage and optimism to face the challenges still present for women in the music industry.