Being born Black in this country comes with certain challenges. Being born Black, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Intersex, Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQQ) in this country presents double challenges. One of the headliners for tonight’s “Generations: Black LGBT History Experience” is Bay Area artist AhSa-Ti Nu.
AhSa-Ti Nu grew up singing Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Rock music. She cultivated her unique style by listening and learning from artist such as The Clark Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Koko Taylor and Etta James. She has sung with several bands and groups across multiple genres.
Performing as lead soloist with bands such as AhSa-Ti Nu and the Fertile Concept—an all female funk and soul band, and Puppet Radio—a Rock n’ Soul band.
In 2015, AhSa-Ti Nu finally decided to work on her first solo project entitled Reborn. Dedicated to her 6-year-old son Ahmmit, the album Reborn emits soulful riffs and lyrics balanced out with fun grooves that make you want to move. The album was created to ignite, fuel, and empower the spirit in a way that keeps you involved from track to track.
Nu says working as a solo artist is new and interesting. “I love the freedom and creativity that I now have in my music,” said Nu.
Being Black, a woman and openly gay can come with challenges in the industry, Nu says. “My music is universal and I switch it up from he and she. It is my goal to create music that everyone can connect to emotionally and spiritually. Although this industry has become more accepting of LGBT people, I still find it easier for queer women artist and harder for queer men or Trans people performing.”
On Friday, Feb. 26, Nu will sing her first release “My Pharaoh” at the Generations free gala.
The event, sponsored by local organizations, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the African American Art/Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. in San Francisco.
Don’t miss AhSa-Ti Nu’s CD release party on March 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Betti Ono Gallery 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. Tickets can be purchased at www.ahsatinu.com