Asa Lianess: On Love vs. Sex and Being Real in Hip Hop

Hey fierce listeners!  Welcome to MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman.  My name is Charlene Sayo, your host for the next half an hour and every week, I have the honour to have lively conversations with unique, trailblazing women in the arts, sciences, literature, music, politics, activism, feminism and more.  Today’s episode is the third installment of the month-long, Women in Hip Hop special series where I feature conversations with Maya Jupiter, Asa Lianess, Kinnie Starr and Ana Tijoux.

For this episode, I have Philippine-born, Los Angeles-based artist Asa Lianess.  I sat down with the MC, poet, singer, and henna-artist in October during the Woman on the Wave National Summit organized by AF3IRM, a transnational feminist organization.  For this episode, Asa shared her thoughts about underground hip hop, sisterhood and spirituality.


Photo by Cisco StreetLenz

Photo by Cisco StreetLenz

Asa Lianess is a member of the Los Angeles-based, all female hip hop collective, Earthstonez.  Asa is the founder of Global Oneness Arts and Culture, Henna For A Cause, and the Coordinator of SEDARVP Ghana’s Women’s Empowerment Program.  She is also a human rights advocate, poet, singer, MC, and henna artist whose art reflects healing, awareness, inspiration, innovation, elevation, empowerment, and love.

Intro/outro music:  Rainbow” by Emilie Simon.  Remix from the original.

Additional music: “A tua choradeira é meio salário em lenços” by Stealing Orchestra & Rafael Dionísio.  Remix from the original.

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