I’ve got a new favorite artist, new favorite song(s), a new crush and “moodlifter”. I recently discovered Tash Sultana on YouTube and the following 2 songs are on repeat about non stop now:

Tash Sultana “Jungle” (Live) – California Roots 2018 , the video that made me fall for Them

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Tash Sultana – Blackbird – 7 Layers Sessions #5 , the video that made me fall for Them even more

I really don’t like big concert venues. I dislike crowds of people. I do love visiting festivals, but preferably outdoors and I always make sure I know where the exits are. Also thanks to our art gallery Home of Art (we’ve organised about 200 cultural events, intimate concerts, workshops and of course exhibitions in just 3 years time), I’ve been spoiled by having been able to experience many intimate concerts where it was possible to interact with the artists on a personal level. I wish that would be possible with Tash, but who knows, I´ve got some great ambitions for the future and plan to go back to organising cultural events…

Musicians Dolan Jones and Michael Stratz of
Musicians Dolan Jones and Michael Stratz of “Švejk!” interacting with the audience at Home of Art during their intimate Klezmer concert in the art gallery.

Discovering Their music came at such a perfect moment for me, the sounds, the voice, the instruments, the lyrics, it just resonates and makes me feel good. So, I have decided I really want to experience Tash perform live and for this I will battle one of my anxieties and will be visiting The Netherland’s biggest concert hall. Wow.

Ziggodome, photo CJP
\ Ziggodome, photo CJP

As we do nowadays, of course I Googled Tash, watched videos of past live concerts, checked out the social media channels and read and listened to some interviews. If what I’ve seen is true, Tash identifies as gender fluid and does not like being addressed with “She” and “Her”. The majority of the media seem to ignore this. I must say I don’t have a lot of experience with the topic of gender fluidity, but I think I understand it. Plus, it’s not so much of a problem to use the preferred pronouns for someone if they appreciate that, so I’m trying to teach myself to be less assumptious and to take people’s feelings regarding this subject into account.

Photo: Eric de Redelijkheid, https://www.flickr.com/photos/58438371@N02/35123315230/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61652648 Taken inDe Melkweg, Amsterdam
Photo: Eric de Redelijkheid, https://www.flickr.com/photos/58438371@N02/35123315230/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61652648 Taken inDe Melkweg, Amsterdam

The above also made me wonder; I have I always identified as female. Is this because I was been born with female genitals and in those days it was common to then assume the newborn will always identify as female?  I have not always felt “girlish”, rather dress comfortable than “nice” and rarely put on make up, only when I feel like it. When I was young, there was no choice; boy or girl. Would I have made another choice if I had one? And why does society think someone’s gender and the way people identify matter so much? 

Any opinions? Experiences? Tash-lovers?