Flame Of Truth” depicts a journey from the darkness of limitation and suppression into the light of truth and empowerment. (Portland, OR USA)
What do you experience when you hear elements of evocative incantation, ancient rhythms and mythic sonic-scapes, fused with penetrative words of empowered intention? More than a spark of sound, “Flame of Truth”, the authentic new single that is the soundtrack to the Flame of Truth Art Film, offers ignited inspiration and transformative verve. The film Flame of Truth is a multi-media journey of the timeless super heroine’s transformation from the darkness of limitation and suppression into the light of truth, freedom and empowerment. “Flame of Truth” the accompanying single will be released to the public on Friday, May 13th.
“Primarily, I work with the feminine. I believe the world is desperately in need of the medicine of the awakened, embodied, fully expressed feminine. Much of my work is centered around the celebration of feminine strength and power. I hope that my artistic offerings can inspire women and all people in activating a deeper sense of self-love and self-empowerment.” – Sedona Swan Soulfire
Directed, produced and initiated by sacred artist Sedona Swan Soulfire, The Flame Of Truth film is served into the collective with a relevant message of love, courage and strength. Filmed by Mike Lindberg in iconic Portland locations, with the directive and fire production support of Ishani Ishaya and Pearl Sol’Aura, the short eleven minute film features the captivating music and dance work of Chalice Collective artists, a Pacific Northwest based coalition of creatives. Chalice Collective includes all of the above mentioned artists as well as Chakaara Bliss,, Kallum, MirCat, Ayla Rèalta and MoMoagiccc.
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About Sedona Swan Soulfire
Sedona Swan Soulfire is an artist of many forms; she writes, dances, choreographs, directs, and shares spoken word and prayer-formance poetry. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the first performing arts academy in the United States. After graduating from The Academy, her desire to deepen in the movement arts inspired two decades of study, travel, research and immersion. Her discovery of Yoga, Bellydance and Classical Indian Dance were all monumental. Each of these forms inspired her deeply, with their rich cultural essence, supreme beauty, empowered embodied expression and encoded spiritual wisdom. She has studied with incredible teachers and lineage carriers throughout the many years, including Rehka Tandon, Aida Nour, Colleena Shakti, Suhaila Salimpour, Ra Lalita Dasi, Prajwal Vajracharya, Swami Ramananda and Swami Satchidananda. She is Miss Bellydance USA 2008 and has won other various esteemed dance titles, including Bellydancer Troupe of Universe and Bellydance Nationals Group Category Winner. She has appeared on various instructional and performance DVDs and teaches at global online dance school Datura Online. She recently made her way into the literary publishing world with my newly released Cosmic Dancer Oracle.
“I marry all of my knowledge, experience and vision with a humble but wholehearted intention to raise the vibration on this planet, I strive to create work that embodies the mythic and invites in a remembrance of our innate connection to each other, the planet and the magic of life” – Sedona Swan Soulfire
For more information on Sedona Swan Soulfire, please visit her website.
About Chalice Collective The Chalice Collective offers forth an evocative weaving of heart-centric invocational lyrics, enchanted electronic world beats, mystical embodiment and ritual intent. They share their alchemical artistic offerings towards the activation of unity consciousness and the elevation of vibration on the planet. Their powerfully unique blend of song, dance, incantation and entrancing beats are divinely designed to open the heart, mesmerize the mind, delight the senses and inspire the realization of our innate universal interconnection.
They are a Portland based group founded by Sedona Swan Soulfire, the groups primary creative director, songwriter and lead vocalist. Sedona Swan brings a lifetime of performing arts, sacred dance and mystical studies to the group’s alchemical brew. She has spent the last two decades traveling the globe, studying various lineages of esoteric embodiment and has taught and performed her own artistic synthesis of spoken word, dance and invocation internationally for nearly as long.
Sedona’s expansive word-smithing is amplified by Ayla Réalta and Chakaara Bliss’s tight compelling harmonies and persuasively powerful vocal work. As the collective’s two songstresses they open portals of rapture with their melodic mystique. DJ Kallum coheres the group’s sonic dynamic by weaving traditional acoustic sound, heavy bass and cross-cultural instrumentation into resonant rhythms and beats.
The Chalice Collectives live performances serve up a captivating and ceremonious experience of multi-modality magic.
They offer their theatrical ritual art transmissions both live and more recently through the crystal-coded technological spheres of video and media.
In addition to the four artists mentioned above, the Chalice Collective also includes embodiment artists, aerialists and fire dancers Ishani Ishaya, MirCat and Pearl Sol’Aura.
Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Doll Is Back For Good
One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Doll.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Doll is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.
At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.
She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.
Check out one her latest release “Barbie Gang” on YouTube:
Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?
Barbie Doll – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Barbie Doll – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me.
Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?
Barbie Doll – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Barbie Doll – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.
Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?
Barbie Doll – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.
Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?
Barbie Doll – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
Barbie Doll – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Barbie Doll – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Barbie Doll – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.
Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?
Barbie Doll – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!
How can our readers follow you online?
Barbie Doll – You can find me on all social media platforms @BarbieDollOKC.
For more updates, you can follow me on Instagram – @BarbieDollOKC.
Long Neck Releases The Introspective “Soft Animal”
Introspection, self deprecation and sadness are the words of the day for our review of Long Neck’s latest full length album, “Soft Animal.” It’s the fourth album from the folk band, and it continues the bands signature style of down-to-earth folk music that also speaks out on darker themes.
Folk music is a breeding ground for discussion and commentary on deeper topics. The genre is predicated on its songwriting, with simpler arrangements and songs that are meant to mean something. This is something Lily Mastodimos and her band are more than aware of. To this end, “Soft Animal,” takes full advantage of this, sending a strong message on self worth.
The song “Ants,” for example opens with the lines “If I can’t put a pen to paper, what good am I.” It’s a shockingly common sentiment among people in the modern era, where self worth is tied to superficial ideas of what you’ve accomplished. It leaves many people feeling boxed in and depressed, and the songs address this. If anything, “Soft Animal,” is incredibly relatable for many people.
This sentiment is echoed by other songs like opening track “Evergreen,” where the singer bemoans her inaction and how she’s wasting precious time. But between it all, moments of levity are added in. In “Ants,” lines like “I need to get out of this room, I need the space to follow through,” show that sometimes all you need is a bit of room to breathe and explore yourself.
As with many folk albums, the songwriting is key to whether a folk album lands or not, and we’re happy to say that “Soft Animal,” is excellent in this regard. It makes fantastic use of its genre to provide a spectacle of storytelling. Every song contains musical choices that carry weight and make strong use of the limited sound of folk albums.
Singer Lily Mastrodimos’ also carries a lot of the album, with her voice carrying powerful emotional gravitas in every line. The emotion of every song comes through, from the tired and weary tones of “Gardener,” to the celebratory, joyful vibes of the title track “Soft Animal,” and even the angrier takes of “558,” which adds harsh synths to the mix.
“Soft Animal,” is a strong showing for Long Neck, with brilliant use of their medium to produce a lovely little album. Echoing our sentiment from earlier, “Soft Animal,” is painfully relatable, especially for anyone who’s ever been unsure of themselves. It touches on topics with care and understanding, and on top of that it just sounds great. We can’t wait for what the band comes up with next.
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