2016 has been such a year of loss and i am sure there is spiritual reason for this but right now
I am having trouble understanding and accepting why!
Myself like many others have been wishing and hoping for a miracle that our sister in music Cherushii-Chelsea Faith was still with us in this realm. Sadly she has been taken from us so cruelly and i know life isn’t fair but this is really not fair. Let me share with you what could have been. Lola my partner in our Sound Warrior label/collective was the one to bring me to the attention of Cherushii’s music. When i heard it i shook my head and said, this is why we started
Sound Warrior Records because this industry just doesn’t care, doesn’t want to acknowledge the incredible amount of talent from women. Cherushii was so humbled and excited that we were so enthusiastic about releasing her on Sound Warrior. I just kept telling her, it’s really us who should be so humbled by your talent and i hope we can do our part to propel your career because you are just too dope to stay under the radar. We were of course not the only ones to see her incredible talent but it is a good feeling to be part of the journey of an artist that you feel deserves attention.
When i was starting djing in the early 90s, another woman who organized parties looked at my contract i was using at the time and asked me to make some adjustments and one of the things she asked me to adjust was i add to my contract that any venue i played at was legal, licensed venue. In the context of the early 90s with the rave warehouse culture this made complete sense because you never knew what you were walking into. It is the year 2016 and we are still looking for safe spaces? I know “Safe spaces” means many things to many people and i acknowledge that as well. If you are trans, gay, person of color, woman, poor, damm i guess at one point or another we could all be considered on the fringe of society then safe spaces have additional meaning and are even more critical to create.
We are pushed to the edge not by choice because there is no space unless you have money which means unlimited resources to do what you like, when you like.
It is unacceptable to me that this is one more thing to think about when you walk into a venue to do what you love to worry if this is a safe place for you, are the exits marked, this is bullshit!
Can we find a way to not make this a thing anymore, let the safe space be truly a safe space, not only spiritually, mentally but physically as well.
Chelsea your talent is irreplaceable and this music is all we have left of you to offer the world so from us Sound Warriors to you we love you honey and your spirit lives here forever.
With love Sound Warrior
Please listen here to Cherushii’s music the first two tracks