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INTERVIEW: Refugee & Artist Amaal Nuux

Hi Amaal, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’m doing well! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Last Ones?” Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Last Ones” is a song I wrote for my baby sister, actually. She’s a young black, Muslim, girl who has most recently been having a bit of a hard time at school. With everything that’s happening in the world right now, and learning how it’s trickling in to her school – as a family we were deeply disturbed. I did my best to console her, but it was in the studio that everything I wanted to say just came out. The song was finished within a few days and when she finally heard it, her reaction was priceless. I just want not only her, but anyone who is feeling oppressed, alone, or marginalized to never forget their own strength and to find inspiration within their own resiliency.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song really came together very quickly. My producer Sakah The Beatchild- whose an incredibly talented musician, and I started with keys and built the production from there; while I created melodies over it. It really was a very quick natural process.

How has your upbringing influenced your music? Does the Somali culture play any role in your writing?

Somali culture does play a role in my writing, but I also think I’m influenced by all cultures because I was very lucky to have grown up in an area that was extremely diverse. I am from Toronto, Canada and it has been named the most diverse city in the world having over 200 ethnic groups and over 140 languages spoken. I have friends from all around the world, and through that, I have fallen in love with their cultures and I have been exposed to their amazing music. Having this fortunate upbringing has definitely helped with my music!

How’s your new EP coming along?

I’m in a very vulnerable, confident, sexy, and open place in my life right now, and I really couldn’t be any prouder of myself for getting here. This is reflecting in my music; I feel as if people are going to understand me on a deeper level through this EP.

Do you have a tentative release date or title in mind?

I have a lot of music that I have been working on, and for me it’s all about releasing things when it feels right. I’m releasing my first single in a few weeks so I am super excited about that. Also, I do have a title in mind but don’t want to share that just yet, because things like that can change very quickly.

Any plans to hit the road?

Once this music is done, I plan on doing more festivals and shows in North America, and hopefully get back to Europe again! My last promo tour in Europe turned out to be one of the greatest experiences in my music career. I learned how much I love doing live shows and being able to engage with the people and of course, seeing them sing the songs back to me – the feeling is priceless.

What else is happening next in Amaal Nuux’s world?

Besides working on my own music, I have also been collaborating and writing with other artists for either their own projects or in hopes of having it placed. Writing for other artists is actually how I ended up pursing my own solo career, I released a few songs that hadn’t been placed and that’s where it all started for me.

I am also very involved with a few charities back in Somalia and Uganda and will continue being involved in the developmental world, because that and music are my truest passions in life.

Watch Last Ones here

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