Music

Original blog posts and articles from KitschMix on the Lesbian music scene

Your New Pride Anthem Has Arrived

Rapper-singer-songwriter Chika Oranika, a 20-year-old from Montgomery, Alabama, took Ed Sheeran’s massive hit Shape of You and turned it into a Pride anthem that’s quickly going viral. The singer transform the lyrics into a plea for LGBT acceptance and a recognition of the community’s struggle. i turned @edsheeran's "Shape Of You" into a…

Choco Makes Lesbian Reggaeton Music for Feminists

Most people only know one Reggaeton song, which is Gasolina. But the genre is wide and diverse, and easily one of the most popular genres in Latin America. Unfortunately, the genre is also dominated by men and misogyny. It’s nearly impossible to find a song that doesn’t mention using women…

Brazilian Producer Arca Makes Queer Music for the Rebellion

MicahTron makes hard rap. Hayley Kiyoko churns out sugary pop. HYM bends time and gender. Mashrou’ Leila jams to political Arabic rock. If you want any genre of queer music, you can have it. Yet even with all those categories, Arca stands out as a spectacle all his own. The closest you could get to describing…

#LesbianAnthem Gives A Voice to Queer Indians

Being queer anywhere is far from easy. For example, in India, despite the increasingly liberal young population, many people still hold relatively conservative views. Arranged marriages are common, the caste system has not completely disappeared, and heterosexuality is the presumed norm. Queer rights activist Malini Jeevarathnam takes a stand against…

Queer Rapper Resse P Makes Emotional Club Songs

Queer female rappers are finally getting their due. From Young M.A to MicahTron, lesbian rappers are taking center-stage and bringing down the house with their heavy club bangers about dancing, drinking and enjoying their youth. Each rapper looks a little different. Silvana wears her hair long and straight, while Young…

Does Queer Rap Actually Exist?

Queer rap is amazing. From Young M.A to MicahTron to HYM to Dio Ganhdih, the genre is bursting with incredible young lesbian rappers. In the past five years, the queer rap genre has exploded. So what’s the problem? “Queer rap” doesn’t exist. Queer rap isn’t a genre. “Rap” is a…

HYM and Kalypxo Make Queer, Feminist Rap

We take female and gay rapper to the next level.” That’s the description of the hot new music video Who Dat? from queer rap duo HYM and Kalypxo, who are self-described “young ambitious humyns intent on changing the music industry.” HYM is unabashedly queer and gender non-conforming, while Kalypxo is a…

Be Steadwell Is Your New Musical Crush

Once you’ve heard a Be Steadwell song, all other music will sound empty. This young queer artist specializes in a blend she calls jazz-acapella-folk pop&soul. What does that mean? Her songs are dense with atmospheric acapella layerings that transport you between worlds. Listening to her music is a full body…

Trans Artist Anohni Nominated For BRIT Awards

Trans artist and feminist Anohni has been nominated for a Best British Female at the BRIT Awards for her album Hopelessness, a collaboration with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never. Other nominees running against her are: Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Lianne La Havas and Nao. Anohni speaks of the album…

New EP From Queer Singer Madison Lawrence

On Yours, Madison Lawrence transitions from being a sweet, straight singer to being an edgy, queer pop artist. The purple-haired singer-songwriter has been making music for years. In fact, she got her start on YouTube, where she now has over 8,000 subscribers, in addition to 20,000 followers on Twitter. She…

Lesbian Singer Zhala Makes Ethereal Queer-Pop

Zhala’s performances look more like an art installation than a concert. The singer, often called “Kurdish Lady Gaga,” drapes herself in Kurdish and Swedish flags. Tie-dye sheets adorn the stage, flowers line the walls, and a hookah steams near the microphone. She sprays the audience with rose water before the…

Meet Queer Indie Band Mashrou’ Leila

This queer Lebanese indie pop band is tired of being political. Mashrou’ Leila made waves when they debuted in 2008 – the western world wasn’t prepared for their Arabic indie pop sound. Over the next eight years, the five-piece pop experience made headlines for creating unconventional music. They refused to…

Dio Ganhdih Makes Queer Indigenous Rap

I rep the Iroquois nations / For the next seven generations – Dio Ganhdih Dio Ganhdih’s Indigenous Lyricist is an anthem for aboriginal artists. This Native American artist is taking the music scene by storm. She got her start as a preteen by writing lyrics in her journal, and really took off…