Montreal-based singer-songwriter Shay Lia is on the rise. Born in France, Shay moved to Djibouti at age four, where she closely identified with the Afar community, which remains an important part of her character today. Shay’s approach to songwriting is methodological – it all starts with a beat. If the music makes her dance, she’ll immediately start writing lyrics. The significance of dance in her practice extends beyond the act of physical movement. “Dancing is so personal to me,” she shares. “I feel most confident when I dance. I just shut down all my thoughts and express myself. It’s more of a feeling.”
May 10, 2019 11:30 pm Blue Crane Agency, Afrofest and CMW Presents