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November 9, 2017

Jasmine Nyende (Fuck U Pay Us)
Punk Music as Catharsis
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery



Jasmine Nyende will lead participants in a vocal training workshop where they will learn the exercises Nyende uses when warming up for her performances. She'll frame each exercise around the legacy of Black women in punk music, punk music as a musical form that unites people in struggle, and the ways in which the body stores and releases trauma and pain.

"Before shows, I do vocal warm-ups that I tuned to my throats needs and its a practice that grounds me while saving my vocal chords. Leading a workshop on vocal training and how I bring/ preserve energy for my sets incorporates a breathing and trauma informed movement session. FUPU shows become a space to let anger and frustration release through moshing or singing along to lines like "SUCK MY NAPPY BLACK PUSSY" or " FORECLOSE THE WHITE HOUSE" is therapeutic, i'm in awe when I see the crowd dance, scream and exist together our rage. I hope the exercise inspires people to think about where trauma and pain stores in our body, how screaming and sharing raw, unfiltered emotion can unite people in solidarity and explore the  legacy Black women have had in punk music. 

I hope the exercise inspires people to think about where trauma and pain is stored in our bodies, how screaming and sharing raw, unfiltered emotion can unite people in solidarity, and explore the legacy Black women have had in punk music.”

– Jasmine Nyende

ARTIST BIO

Jasmine Nyende is a new media and performance artist from South Central Los Angeles. Her work revolves around social media and deleted posts, the shame in public memory and the ephemerality of beauty. She sees her art as a never-ending attempt to take the perfect selfie. Jasmine is currently writing a book of poems entitled Tension about a family. She runs a radio show on KCHUNG Radio and publishes the art & poetry zine Fit Form Function.

Fuck U Pay Us is an Afropunk band based out of South Central, LA. They are Uhuru Moor (vocals/guitar), Tianna Nicole (drums), Jasmine Nyende (vocals), and Ayotunde Osareme (bass).



Photo credit: Martin Crudo







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