Music, passion and strong women: Launching amplifyHER, an exciting new UN podcast

amplifyHER is a product of UN News, powered by sound cloud. The first episode was released on Thursday, November 24, on all major podcast platforms. Subsequent episodes will be released weekly.

  • Episode 1: Milli (Thailand)

Teen superstar Milli has become the first Thai artist to perform solo at the world-famous Coachella music festival, capturing a whole new audience. She has been making waves in her country since releasing her debut single Phak Kon in 2020, thanks to her witty lyrics in English, Thai and several local dialects.

  • Episode 2: MC Yallah (Uganda)

A successful artist from a very young age, MC Yallah had to fight to get back into the music industry after taking a break to take care of her family. A turning point came when she signed with Nyege Nyege, a record company that supports artists outside the mainstream. She took her music in a new, more experimental direction and is now attracting large audiences across Europe.

  • Episode 3: Carmen de Leon (Venezuela)

Carmen, a female musician from Venezuela, is bursting onto the stage as an artist and songwriter. She composes music in both Spanish and English, and is a fiercely independent vocalist. Although she has lived in Mexico, the US and Spain, she feels very attached to her Venezuelan roots. Some of her videos have over a million views on YouTube.

  • Episode 4: Emel (Tunisia)

Emel Mathlouthi has been dubbed “the voice of the Tunisian revolution, after a video clip of her performing a version of the song “My Word is Free”, during a protest in the streets of Tunisia, was went viral during the Arab Spring.

  • Episode 5: Faouzia (Morocco/Canada)

Faouzia, a young singer with a beautiful voice, was born in Morocco and raised in Canada. She started making a name for herself at the age of 15, posting songs on YouTube and winning Canadian music awards and accolades. Soon after, while she was still in high school, influential EDM producer David Guetta invited her to perform on his song “Battle.”

  • Episode 6: Sarah Crouch (Jamaica)

Sarah Crouch is part of DejaVilla, a duo she formed with Brooklyn-based producer and musician David Marston, who provided the dance rhythms to her luscious vocals. Although her parents were both musicians, they encouraged her to study hospitality, knowing that making a living in the music industry, especially in Jamaica, can be difficult. Cooking remains one of her passions.

  • Episode 7: Adomaa (Ghana)

Adomaa’s musical career started when she started singing songs that she liked and recording them on her phone. Today, she is considered the leading light of afro-jazz and alternative music in her homeland.

  • Episode 8: Alena Murang (Malaysia)

Alena Murang is working to preserve her native Dayak Kelabit origins, from the rainforests and highlands of Borneo. She was the first woman to professionally perform and teach the Sape, a gourd instrument of the island’s highland tribes, traditionally reserved for male healers. She sings in the endangered languages ​​of Kelabit and Kenyah.

  • Episode 9: LIA LIA (Germany/China)

LIA LIA is the brainchild of Chinese half-German artist Lia Wang. Her early releases gained global attention and led to a personal invitation from Doja Cat to support her in a German series. She has more than 245,000 subscribers on YouTube.

  • Episode 10: Lyn Lapid (USA/Philippines)

As a teenager, Lyn Lapid started posting cover videos to YouTube. At the end of 2019, she launched her Tik Tok page, quickly gaining an audience of up to 5 million followers, who were captivated by her voice. A snippet of her first original song, Producer Man, became the most viewed unreleased demo on a Tik Tok video in 2020.


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