Abiyah

Abiyah

Havana Martini Club
Thursday – Sep 24 – 9:00

Abiyah has an edge that you rarely find in contemporary women singers—White-bred and pre-packaged, ol’ girl isn’t. As a writer, she’s passionate and onstage she sings, rebel-yells, dub-chants or raps about empowerment like she’s this cunning linguist who studies different languages and stirs them up in her own little dutchie. Abiyah skirts convention, and there’s obviously some influences from a wicked orgy of pop-culture pacesetters; Cincinnati CityBeat writer Mildred C. Fallen hears Henry Rollins, the Runaways, Queen Latifah, Sister Carol, The Cure, Kraftwerk and Michael Franti.

Seven years ago, Abiyah began performing at spoken word venues, and wasted no time moving into pairing her words with music. In 2000, she traveled to New York to work with N8tive Sun, the creative and musical force behind both the spoken word/Hip Hop classic release “Eargasms: CrucialPoetics, Vol. I” (which featured Mos Def, Company Flow and Rha Goddess, among others) and Saul Williams’ “Ohm.” Her debut EP release, “Flow Tectonics,” included “Free Wild Muse,” a track produced by Sun, which was also featured on the 2003 MidPoint Music Festival CD compilation.

Known as an original positivity freestyle melody maker, Abiyah often makes her own beats and performs primarily solo (often accompanied by a backing vocalist and/or dj/laptop guru), but is also a fierce collaborator with an impressive roster of partners, including djdq (of Fat Beats Records retro-alternative Hip Hop group Glue), John Van Eaton (Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM), Dana Hamblen (Fairmount Girls, Culture Queer), and many more.