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Beat Magazine – Shameem

An interesting piece in Melbourne’s Beat Magazine; published in the lead up to my solo tour. The journalist, Thomas Brand, got pretty amped up and put a lot of his own political opinion into the article, hehe. I try to stay away from a partisan approach to politics and so I don’t necessarily share his views, but I really enjoyed the animated interview that we had, and his honest exploration of lyrics in pop music.

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Shameem Taheri-Lee is described as a socially conscious musician. Considering the harsh impositions of the incumbent Liberal government, which has granted people the “right to be bigots” while perpetrating the forced closure of Aboriginal communities across Australia, it’s now more important than ever to speak out against social injustice. Taheri-Lee has been subjected to her fair share of discrimination, and writes from the heart in the hope that others will find something to relate to.

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