Feministing Jamz: Jam of the Week – Fatima Al Qadiri’s Shanghai Freeway

Fatima Al Qadiri is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who’s making great music (on her own and with a variety of awesome side projects) and talking about it in really thoughtful and interesting ways.

The folks at Rookie premiered a new track off her upcoming Asiatisch, an album that tackles Orientalism by examining and critiquing an “imaginary China” based on Western stereotypes:

It’s about being exposed to a Western construct. It’s a catalog of dislocated stereotypes that’s been building over centuries, but became pronounced in the age of mass media. It’s a concept that a lot of people can relate to, regardless of where they’re from.

Go check out her interview at Rookie — where she talks a little more about her album, growing up in Kuwait, and sexism in music — and listen to Shanghai Freeway below!


Verónica highly encourages you to also check out Fatima Al Qadiri’s project with Ngzunguzu and J-Cush, Future Brown.


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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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