Easily one of the Sweetest and most sincere musicians we’ve ever met. Sahra Indio possess beauty and a soulful soothing nature reflective of a mother. We are proud to introduce Sahra Indio- a hidden gem of talent seen only once a lifetime”. Each of her songs has deep meaning and if you listen closely…….there is much to learn.
Tell our readers a bit about yourself.
I am Sahra Indio aka “Bush Mama” living an off grid lifestyle in da bush on the Big Island of Hawaii about 60 south of the most active Volcano in the WORLD! A frontline soldier-sista experiencing critical environmental times firsthand!
Where are you from?
I was conceived in South Carolina and born in Philadelphia. I say that to embrace my country roots. I relocated to California then made the move to Hawaii where I have resided for over 30 years.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my brand of reggae as rootical, jazz inflected and calming with a bit of playfulness built in.
How did you get started in music?
Music and musicians run in my family and my Grandfather encouraged me from young age to join my Junior High School Orchestra. I joined but didn’t bond with the instrument chosen for me to play. The Clarinet didn’t make it to High School.
My deep voice and my pint size must have been an odd combination. I was considered underweight for most of my teen years but had this deep resonating voice. When I spoke it took people by surprise, they’d make some comment about me being so little with such a deep, heavy voice. I was embarrassed by it and never got over it until I began singing in a reggae band in 1994. It is reggae music that delivered me. It gave me a social outlet, a place to convey messages from my heart and a place to share songs of freedom.
Tell us about your song on the “Kindah” collective.
I selected “El Stomp” for the “Kindah” collective, youth friendly compilation because it has a fun groove- makes you move, & is an ode to the African Elephant, the largest mammal on Earth! It’s about pride and strength and most importantly, in this life rhythm!
What was your interest in being part of this collective?
Contributing to a positive, rootical song that is upbeat and speaks of dignity!
Why do you think it’s important to have music for children separate from music for adults?
Although as Bob Marley stated we should write and speak so that even a child understands… real communication is universal however, it is important to livicate and focus on topics, and subject matter that stimulate and empower the youth toward positive development.
For a secure and balance adult we haf fi raise up the youth with great focus, love and strength.
How has motherhood influenced your music and style?
My children and the experience of mothering greatly influences my music to be reality based and to deal with real topics that face the family as well as songs that embrace unity.
What/Who inspires you?
Life inspires me, the birds singing in the morning and the trees waving their leaves at me each day. This is what I rise for, the communion with mother earth! Music is life as I’ve stated before, all life is musical and I don’t want to ever separate that.
What do you want to be remembered for? What will your legacy be?
I would like to be remembered for being a good person! My signature song and motto is “Good’s Gonna Happen”, it happens each sunrise when we open our eyes. We want to perpetuate that sentiment so that we keep looking forward toward the future positively.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Well, in these here times 10 years seems very far off to predict. We’re just trying to make it past 2012 right? Ha, ha. Honestly, I don’t know where I’ll be but I do see myself enjoying good health, harvesting fruits and veggies from the garden and singing, singing, singing!
What can we expect from you in 2012?
I am working on my next full-length album that will be due out in 2012 entitled “The Real I”. Producer, Digikal Roots and I hope for an early spring release.
Thank you for your continued support and interest and it is a pleasure to work with you again so soon. Dread & Alive, Island Stage & Zoolook Inc feels like family to me. I am honored to take part in this project.