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“the people who come to gigs are a diverse crowd – a mix of hip hop heads and open minded people who appreciate good music. The hip hop heads are really supportive and proud of their local scene, there is consistently so much new talent in the mountains. I find the audience interaction is a lot more responsive in the mountains and that makes performing so much fun.”
“I am frequently told I am ‘one of the best girl rappers’ which can be hard because no matter how hard you work you’re not sure if it is your skill or your novelty that is appreciated. I’m often judged on my appearance, to the point where I’ve not been allowed in to soundcheck, or refused a mic in an open mic, because people don’t believe I’m an emcee.”
“Don’t normalise and perpetuate sexism in your lyrics and in the way you treat women. Respect our boundaries, this could be as simple as when we step off stage, offer a respectful handshake, don’t grab us and assume we all want to be hugged. If you wouldn’t do it to a male performer, don’t do it to us.”
“Don’t assume when we speak up about sexism in our industry that it is a personal attack on you. We need to have a respectful conversation. Enough judgements on our appearance, just listen to the music.”
Madame Wu combines poetry with hard hitting flows to produce a sensitive yet fearless style of lyricism commenting widely from social justice issues affecting youths to the highly personal. With live shows under her belt in Katoomba, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand supporting the likes of De La Soul, Def Wish Cast, Thundamentals, Hermitude and Tuka as well as running her own monthly hip hop nights and with two albums out, there are no signs of this emcee slowing down. Ethereal vocalist Elise Graham completes a commanding yet intimate live performance. Their latest album, ‘Times Waits For No Woman’ is now available through Bandcamp or itunes.
SINGLE CLIP- ‘NO PUEDO BAILAR’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCRGdfYnGZo
‘Honest and heartfelt, this is the type of hip hop people should be supporting’
– Jeswon, THUNDAMENTALS
‘Brutally beautiful lyrics’
– ELLESQUIRE