Ahlay (she/they) is a Jewitch, Scandinavian singer-songwriter, community organizer, grief tender and ceramicist walking the path of ancestral healing and the reclaiming of lost cultural memories. These journeys are braided into their music. She lives between Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA), Serrano territory (high Californian desert) and Tenochtitlán (Mexico City) and dedicates her life in service to holistic healing. Her movement pulses with an animist worldview that supports to alchemize and shift embodied and inherited systems of oppression towards life affirming ones. Listen to the music.
Her musical journey began in Mexico in 2005 where they collaborated with many up and coming artists, sang backup for a touring pop star and headed 3 different bands. In 2017 she returned to the states where she was inspired to find ways to amalgamate music and activism and utilize music as a tool for breaking cycles of intergenerational trauma. She discovered community singing through a dream where she awoke remembereing the circle, the closeness, the humming and the swaying. It was then through Eyes on the Prize that she was catalyzed to infuse the streets with people singing. She founded The People’s Echo in 2019, a collective of song folk empowering others to use their voice and join together in the streets for collective liberation.
Ahlay unearths the power in song, that similar to prayer, can propel the solidification of realities. They write for the community to transform, ask questions, and seek to lead lives that would make us ancestors worth honoring.
To be in reciprocity with the songs:
Buy 30 songs on Bandcamp + a .pdf zine with all lyrics and stories behind each song.
Pre-order the physical version (a usb and song book of 30+ community songs).
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