Queendom Rising | 30 Days Unchained : Day 8 Thursday 17 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 8 – 1/17/13 | Inspiration: Queendom  Pan-African/Norwegian art collective Queendom is building bridges. When asked how their music connects Western and African cultures, Queendom shared: “Africa’s problems are caused by a number of historical and present factors that are very complex, and the solutions are just as complex. When Western nations […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 8 – 1/17/13 | Inspiration: Queendom 

Hannah of Queendom with Manou

Pan-African/Norwegian art collective Queendom is building bridges. When asked how their music connects Western and African cultures, Queendom shared: “Africa’s problems are caused by a number of historical and present factors that are very complex, and the solutions are just as complex. When Western nations ‘intervene,’ they have often done so out of their own economic interest, and/or with a paternalistic political agenda, so that is certainly no quick fix. To get a healthy relationship, they must see Africans as equal partners, and help Africans do what is best for Africa.”

Speaking about their relationship with their homeland, Queendom believes: “As artists, we cannot liberate a whole continent, but our music highlights important societal issues, provides comfort, empowerment, and strengthens people’s spirits. This, in turn, can inspire people to fight their own private or political battles. Queendom knows that women play a key role in peace and development and hope that our music can inspire women to take charge of their own destiny.” Queendom’s wisdom is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an image that answers the question): What role does art play in creating social justice?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterestand Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Live Unchained: How does your African heritage inspire you?  How does Norway inspire you?

Queendom: Africa is a continent that brims with talent, innovation and energy, so Queendom wants to challenge all the negative images people are presented with through Western media. Our African roots are the basis of our music, and people love the combination of groovy African beats and politically conscious and funny lyrics. We performed at the HIFA festival in Zimbabwe (an arts festival bringing together international artists) in May 2012, and the fantastic response proves that our music really speaks to Africans, women especially.

Norway has probably inspired us more than we think. We appreciate the values that Norwegian society is built upon – gender equality, peace and distribution of wealth – but it is also a country that has subjected us to racism and taught us the importance of defining ourselves, and fighting for our place in society. Queendom would not be Queendom without Norway.

LU: I once heard someone say the only reason poverty and other developmental issues remain prevalent across African countries is because Western industrialized nations have not fully decided to intervene. What do you think of this sentiment? What role do you think art like yours plays in creating positive relationships among Western and African countries?

Q: Africa’s problems are caused by a number of historical and present factors that are very complex, and the solutions are just as complex. When Western nations “intervene”, they have often done so out of their own economic interest, and/or with a paternalistic political agenda, so that is certainly no quick fix. To get a healthy relationship, they must see Africans as equal partners, and help Africans do what is best for Africa.

As artists, we cannot liberate a whole continent, but our music highlights important societal issues, provides comfort, empowerment, and strengthens people’s spirits. This, in turn, can inspire people to fight their own private or political battles. Queendom knows that women play a key role in peace and development and hope that our music can inspire women to take charge of their own destiny.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

Q: In Queendom, we believe in artistic freedom, brutal honesty and quirky personalities – but also respect and consideration for our fans. We are all bound in some way by family, history and society, but that doesn’t have to limit us. As artists, it is also our strength.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artists. View the original article here

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Aleyna Jones, Kathryn Buford, and Jess Solomon

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