22
Apr
Q+A with #Juanes! One of my favorite musicians and he was so humble. Can’t wait to see him perform this Thurs at the #BBLatin Awards!

Q+A with #Juanes! One of my favorite musicians and he was so humble. Can’t wait to see him perform this Thurs at the #BBLatin Awards!

14
Apr
Still need votes so that I can perform in Turkey this September! Here’s a diagram of the voting process for you! Use your Facebook account to vote if you have one - it’s a lot easier! 
My submission song/video is at: http://www.masterpeace.org/competition/entry/change_this_place_1 
You can only vote once and voting ends on April 30th! Don’t snooze on it. :)

Still need votes so that I can perform in Turkey this September! Here’s a diagram of the voting process for you! Use your Facebook account to vote if you have one - it’s a lot easier! 

My submission song/video is at: http://www.masterpeace.org/competition/entry/change_this_place_1 

You can only vote once and voting ends on April 30th! Don’t snooze on it. :)

09
Apr

Interview: Omnia Hegazy

Proud to be a member of this great organization, which supports an egalitarian interpretation of Islam. They’re unconventional in the best possible way - women can lead prayers, prayers are not segregated by gender, and they support LGBT rights and interfaith couples. Meetings are monthly - for more info, check out their website and join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/165779603597328/

Don’t live in NY or one of the cities where MPV has established a chapter? Join their virtual community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MPVUSA/

Thanks to MPV for featuring my music and fostering such a supportive community, where anyone (even an Egyptian-Italian Muslim American singer-songwriter) can belong. 

04
Apr
Free full band show in NYC a week from today! Can’t wait to play these new songs for you! :)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1473155022900550
-O

Free full band show in NYC a week from today! Can’t wait to play these new songs for you! :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1473155022900550

-O

03
Apr
My darling twin sister Leila and I will be doing a show at Alor Cafe next week, also featuring talented local musician Jessie Kuffner! 
Normally, Leila and I avoid doing shows together - the twin gimmick was never something we were after, despite the recurring question “hey, why don’t you guys form a band or something?!”. Our musical styles have always been different and we had decided that it was best to work separately within our own respective music scenes, hers being R&B/soul  and mine a conundrum of the “Arab-American indieverse” and the coffee-house singer-songwriter. But as my music continues to evolve, I am finding myself writing “groovier” music that could possibly co-exist with my sister’s soulful piano-driven music (follow her on Tumblr here: www.leilahegazy.com). 
If we like this little arrangement - we may just have to take it to the city. In the mean time, we’d love to see you Staten Islanders next week. Here’s the FB event - city folks, stay tuned! :)
https://www.facebook.com/events/638527206201092/

My darling twin sister Leila and I will be doing a show at Alor Cafe next week, also featuring talented local musician Jessie Kuffner! 

Normally, Leila and I avoid doing shows together - the twin gimmick was never something we were after, despite the recurring question “hey, why don’t you guys form a band or something?!”. Our musical styles have always been different and we had decided that it was best to work separately within our own respective music scenes, hers being R&B/soul  and mine a conundrum of the “Arab-American indieverse” and the coffee-house singer-songwriter. But as my music continues to evolve, I am finding myself writing “groovier” music that could possibly co-exist with my sister’s soulful piano-driven music (follow her on Tumblr here: www.leilahegazy.com). 

If we like this little arrangement - we may just have to take it to the city. In the mean time, we’d love to see you Staten Islanders next week. Here’s the FB event - city folks, stay tuned! :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/638527206201092/

01
Apr
My song “Change This Place” made it to the second round of the “Music Masterpeace” Competition!! If I win, I’ll perform in Istanbul, Turkey in September!
To vote and watch my submission video, go to this link! The quickest way is to login via Facebook. http://www.masterpeace.org/competition/entry/change_this_place_1
Once you’ve done that on all of your email addresses, spread the word. Voting ends April 30th, but don’t snooze on it. :)
Much love and thanks in advance!!
Omnia

My song “Change This Place” made it to the second round of the “Music Masterpeace” Competition!! If I win, I’ll perform in Istanbul, Turkey in September!

To vote and watch my submission video, go to this link! The quickest way is to login via Facebook. http://www.masterpeace.org/competition/entry/change_this_place_1

Once you’ve done that on all of your email addresses, spread the word. Voting ends April 30th, but don’t snooze on it. :)

Much love and thanks in advance!!

Omnia

22
Mar
Demo time and little one is close by. Now if only she would stop meowing while I record…sheesh. High maintenance.

Demo time and little one is close by. Now if only she would stop meowing while I record…sheesh. High maintenance.

21
Mar

Walking Home At Night

Sexism is more than slut shaming and double standards in health care. It is my lack of ability to come home at whatever time of day or night I choose, without fear for my safety. 

I am a working musician who happens to have a vagina. I come home late from the recording studio, rehearsals, gigs, meetings, and I don’t avoid my nocturnal career obligations simply because I am a woman. 

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every person is entitled to freedom of movement, across their country’s borders and within them. I don’t have a legal curfew, and I don’t live with my parents. There is no one stopping me from being out in the late hours of the night and the wee hours of the morning. 

Earlier this month, I came home at 1 AM from a performance and realized I had forgotten something in the car. So I went back outside to get it. Sounds simple right? 

Two young males were standing on the street corner outside of my building, and I had to pass by them as I walked down the hill to the car, keys in hand. I got the generic “hey cutie, where you going” from one of them, plus a few body scans. While I was annoyed, I am accustomed to unwelcome attention from strange males. I don’t find it flattering, but like most women, I often choose not to acknowledge it. 

As I walked back up the hill to my building, carrying the items I had retrieved from the car, he laughed and asked me my name. I had no intention of introducing myself, so I ignored him. But as I turned around the corner of my building, I realized that I had forgotten something else in the car. I was tired after a long night, and just wanted to go home. Had I not forgotten an expensive piece of audio equipment, I might have left it in the car overnight. Exasperated, I walked around the corner to the car again.

If you’re a female human, you have probably been hassled by someone on the street at some point in your life. If you’re from Egypt, where my Dad’s family is from, there’s a whopping 99.3% chance you have been sexually harassed. I live in New York and while watching my back constantly, I think of my female family members in Cairo and hope that they watch theirs too. 

Sometimes it’s just as simple as a “hey sexy”. Other times it’s a laundry list of things he would like to do to you. Maybe he’ll tell you you’re beautiful as if his opinion validates you, and/or ask you to smile. Worse, he can take it a step further and assert his power physically. 

As I huffed and puffed down the hill looking straight ahead of me, the male said “don’t worry, I didn’t do anything to your car”. I continued to ignore him, rolling my eyes at his one-sided interactions with me. But as I walked past him with more gear in hand this time, he asked me for my name once more. Annoyed at his persistence, I finally mumbled “you don’t need to know’ and turned around the corner. I just wanted to go home. But this time he didn’t let it go. 

He turned around the corner after me and forcefully said “Bitch, I asked you a question.”

I froze and turned around to face him, finally making eye contact. And then I asked him, exhausted.

"Why are you following me?"

He stalked off abruptly, shaking his head to himself. I wasn’t sure if he would return with his friend, so I ran:  down the block, through my front door, up the stairs, and into my apartment.

Amid all this talk of “privilege” - be it male, white, straight, - we tend to discuss sexism on the institutional level: inequity in the law, places of work, houses of worship, etc. But how often do our male counterparts consider how sexism affects our security?

When I cannot be outside at the same time as a man with confidence, that is sexism. 

When a male sound person tells me “don’t worry, hun: I’ll make you sound real nice”, that is sexism.

If you ask me what I was wearing that night, that is sexism. 

I am writing this blog post as an appeal to my male counterparts.

Please, UNDERSTAND YOUR PRIVILEGE.  

You may have a daughter one day, if you don’t already. You will worry for her. 

You may have a son one day, if you don’t already. You will mold him. Teach him to understand the power dynamic at play when he tries to talk to a girl, especially if she’s alone.

Perhaps then, none of us would have to worry for our daughters. 

20
Mar

What is the meaning of life, and why are we here?

- Asked by Anonymous

Oh if only I knew the answer to that. Good luck looking for answers, my anonymous friend. 

13
Mar
Excited to be doing a showcase in Singer-Songwriter Cape May this year! I have been writing lots of new songs and can’t wait to play them live. 
In case you’re not familiar with the festival, it takes place every year in a quaint little beach town on the Jersey Shore called Cape May, way south (close to Wildwood). My showcase is at 7:00 PM on March 28th at Marq’s Pub -  501 Beach Ave. If you live nearby or close enough, come by! $15 admission at the door, no advance tickets. :)
Much love,
O

Excited to be doing a showcase in Singer-Songwriter Cape May this year! I have been writing lots of new songs and can’t wait to play them live. 

In case you’re not familiar with the festival, it takes place every year in a quaint little beach town on the Jersey Shore called Cape May, way south (close to Wildwood). My showcase is at 7:00 PM on March 28th at Marq’s Pub -  501 Beach Ave. If you live nearby or close enough, come by! $15 admission at the door, no advance tickets. :)

Much love,

O

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