Growing up with gal-dem
Bellah on self expression through songwriting
Season 8, Ep. 7
We're closing season 8 of Growing Up with gal-dem in conversation with North London’s very own Nigerian songstress: Bellah.
Nie & Natty sit down with the singer-songwriter talking all about her musical journey and creative storytelling process. Bellah expands on her ability to connect with her audiences by writing songs that paint a vivid image into telling the truth about her experiences in life.
Through an extract from the first-ever song she wrote after a breakup, Bellah reflects on her growth since writing this at 18 years old, and how she has maintained a deep connection to herself and her emotions through her healing.
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Lava La Rue on growing up as a Caribbean alt-kid
Season 8, Ep. 5
On this week’s episode of our podcast, Natty and Nie speak to Lava La Rue about growing up as a Black alt kid, co-founding NiNE8 collective with school friends Biig Pig and Mac Wetha, and the importance of collectivism in the creative industries.Lava reads a poem that expresses her understanding of her identity as a mixed-race person and the politics around it; of being raised by a Black family in a Black community, and navigating the complexities around having a mixed heritage in the UK.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Issy Wong shares the connection to family and her mutual love of sport
Season 8, Ep. 4
In this episode, Natty and Nie are joined by British-Chinese cricket player Issy Wong. Issy shares how she came into her cricket career and the lifestyle she cultivated from this. Familial connection is a prevalent value with Issy; and throughout the episode we learn all about her Macanese heritage and hear captivating stories of her family and culture. We hear an extract from 13-year-old Issy, sharing her memories of watching live football with their family and how she connects through her support of the Liverpool Football Club.
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Priya Ahluwalia on representation in fashion, creativity and sustainability
Season 8, Ep. 3
This week we're joined by fashion designer and creative Priya Ahluwalia. With Nigerian and Indian roots, Priya talks to Natty and Nie all about the intersections between creativity and sustainability in the fashion industry.We hear more about the values she upholds in herself and within her brand, Ahluwalia, to bring inclusivity and accurate representation of Black and Brown people.She shares an extract from her notes that touches on the complexities of feelings versus thoughts, body image and perceptions of success and how she nurtures herself throughout.