Meet singer-songwriter Aisha Badru
I’m Aisha Badru, a singer-songwriter from Yonkers, New York.
Tell us how you got started in your craft?
I’ve always loved singing, but it wasn’t until I dropped out of college during my third year that I really began to take music more seriously. I initially took time off of school to contemplate whether or not I was living a life that was meaningful to me. Shortly after withdrawing, I purchased a guitar and spent an entire summer learning songs from Youtube. I began writing my own music that summer too and released my first song online about a year later which landed a spot in a Volkswagen Ad.
Tell us why feminism is important to you and how it influences your work?
Feminism is important to me because women have been silenced, disregarded and pushed to the background for way too long. I believe women contain within them the perspective needed to heal the world. My song “Mind On Fire” was the first time I opened up about my feelings regarding society and inhibition.
I believe women in music are typically expected to be lovesick or abused, but I really want to move past the victim role and step into a place of empowerment by amplifying my voice of resilience and defiance towards any system or social structure that is limiting and confining.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout?Whats your favorite self care practice?
I rarely burnout because I know that the way to change the world is not by draining yourself trying to change others, but instead shifting your energy to focus on changing and empowering yourself. My favorite self-care practice is solo-traveling, eating healthy, and yoga.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
There will be people who will tell you that it can't be done and there will be people who will try to convince you to take the safer route. My advice is to block out the outside noise and believe that if you live from your heart and do all that you can to manifest the life you want to live, then things will eventually work out in your favor in some way.
Everyone may not love or support what you do, but so what? If it makes you happy and if it makes you feel alive, then I suggest to keep going.
The universe rewards the brave.