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5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Jamila Woods

Vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Raised in her church choir, Wood’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling and allusions. In addition to being a solo artist, Woods is also a member of the  band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) and is a gifted poet. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote and features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).

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