Q&B Episode 18: Kelly E. Parker

Do you know anyone who loves making drums even more than playing them? Queer & Brown in Steeltown does! This episode features the incredible Djembe maker & drummer, Kelly E. Parker! And she plays for us too! Kelly’s been holding it down in the ‘burgh for over 20 years and is one of the city’s finest Djembe players. We were so excited to sit down with her recently during the Rhinestone Steel Queer Music Festival to hear all about her rich experiences with the drum. And as an added bonus, you’ll also hear in the background Cuban-American, queer, lady-punk artist and writer Cristy C. Road’s lively performance. So get ready internets, this one’s about West African drums and the politics of gender, right here on Q&B!

Our topics include:

  • Having the support of African men but not African American men
  • Shaving the hair off of goat skin
  • “She gonna take our women!”
  • Not doing drum circles

Apologies for the dips and rises in sound. Tried to fix it best we could.

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To contact Kelly E. Parker, for repairs, re-heading and tuning of Djembes, Djun Djuns, congas and most hand drums email: abafasi@gmail.com or visit www.betterfly.com

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Q&B Episode 17: Jasmine Hearn

What’s up internets! Are you ready for the lovely Jasmine Hearn? This flygirl from Houston has been sharing her love of dance with the ‘burgh for the past 7 years. Check our lively conversation. Please note, our recording took place during the Rhinestone Steel Queer Music Festival and some sound distortion was difficult to control. Team Q&B is still learning how to do this audio thing…we appreciate your patience. Jasmine is pure gold, so take a listen all the way till the end. It’s worth every minute.

Our topics include:

  • Growing up with Bey’s little sister, Solange
  • Dancing with thick thighs
  • The beautiful people…
  • That’s What She Said, a public performance about first dance memories
  • Flashdance, Jennifer Beals & Pittsburgh

**That’s What She Said, a duet by Jasmine Hearn & Beth Ratas
First installment – July 28 – Three shows: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm  (lasts about 30mins)
Enright Park (between Friendship and Penn Ave at the end of South St. Claire St)
Donation $10

Music credit: Bill Ray Drums, Slinky Rock Thing (ccMixer)

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Q&B Episode 16: Briizy Maraj

We are so happy to present our latest guest! Briizy Maraj is a bright, passionate young man from Pittsburgh. Briizy was suggested to us as a guest by our friend, Vanessa German, and we had a blast spending time with him! He is a bus connoisseur, loves Trina, his family, and making art. Currently, he’s a junior in college and interning at Gaylife Television– which we had not heard of, so thank you for sharing that with us (we’re still not 100% sure what it is but are linking to it for anyone interested). Continue reading “Q&B Episode 16: Briizy Maraj”

Q&B Episode 14: Theo George

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What’s up internets? It’s Queer & Brown in Steeltown with another installment of our podcast! For episode 14  we invited Theo George, a talented guitarist, drummer and DJ whose lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years. Theo’s passion is jazz and developing jazz programming for younger audiences. He’s also transitioning from female to male and wanted to use the podcast as a platform to share his story! This episode focuses on Theo’s transition and we end up touching on all kinds of things:

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