Local Sirens is a free quarterly performance series presented by Women’s Audio Mission featuring emerging and established local women-identified (cisgender or transgender) and non-binary artists. The September showcase will feature artists B-Side Brujas, Dioganhdih, The Onyx and headliner Chhoti Maa.
Chhoti Maa is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, working through art, music, writing, red medicine and danza. Chhoti has self-released 6 projects (2 lps, 4 eps) in her eleven years as an MC / singer / producer. Her sound work is rooted in hip hop, migrantsoul, neufolk, Mexican oral tradition, specifically her Grandma’s storytelling magic. Chhoti Maa has performed, collaborated and taught children, teens and adults in festivals, conferences, house shows, community spaces, museums, theaters, galleries, schools, universities and in the streets of Puerto Rico, China, Cuba, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Ghana, Peru, Mexico, Sweden, Canada, the US and multiple Indigenous Nations. Chhoti’s work deals with decolonial living, intersectional solidarity, contemporary Indigenous spirituality, queerness, migrant empowerment and the reconstruction of the womxn temple.
The Onyx is an all black female music ensemble. This collective of women came together to solidify unity among women of color and to provide an artistic outlet for the female voice to be heard. Hailing from and recalling styles of Oakland, Atlanta, New York and Chicago, this eclectic group brings soul, rock, funk, and latin music to an electrifying peak that will have you on your feet!
Dioganhdih is a queer indigenous hip-hop artist and producer making waves in space where cis+heteronormative culture often remains unchallenged. Shouldering the strength and resilience of their Kanien’kehá:ka and Tsa’la’gi lineage, Dio’s vocal and hip-hop performance is a poetic and lyrical affront to colonialism. Dio’s vision is reflective of their Haudenosaunee ancestors inherent honoring of the Earth and commitment to intertribal relations, civic art and cultural engagement.
B-Side Brujas are an all female, all vinyl Group. They bring that fire to the tables, to make you move and groove. We do it for the music and our past and present sistahs. Specializing in weird songs that’ll turn you on.