Up-and-coming artist, Taquirah is a performance artist from Illinois. She started her training at Joffrey Ballet, and graduated from UNCSA for dance. She focuses on creating performance art pieces and fusing ballet into the hip hop music scene. Together with Rebel Motion, an international creative production agency from New York City, she and female director Isabella Tan create a visual story of the female experience featuring the dance talents of both Taquirah and Jessica Hu, a ground-breaking visual/dance artist who performed with other notable artists such as Dev Hynes, Wyclef, T-Pain and Macklemore.
Taquirah releases her breakout music video for debut single “Lonely.” The music video presents the juxtaposition of the oxymoronic feelings that arise from a past relationship through a soft, divine and vulnerable balletic depiction of sadness against the angry anguish through sharp contemporary street dance. The audience follows the two dancers through their journey of self-acceptance and transcendence above the past in a deserted space suspended in construction that once held the promise of a bright future.
When asked about her debut single, Taquirah stated that “Lonely is a visual movement piece that tells a story of a black woman who feels neglected and unloved. Within her acknowledging all her feelings she finally realizes it’s most important to love yourself instead of begging for that love from someone else. This piece talks about strength of walking away from unmatched love. Taquirah was inspired by the women in her family that ultimately walked away from unhealthy relationships and focused on having a healthier relationship with themselves.” I recent had an opportunity to ask Taquirah a couple of questions, and these can be found below.
Can you remember the first time you wrote or started singing?
I remember when I first started singing I was six at an family church called Universal.
Where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
I’m inspired by the women in my family and I’m mostly inspired by stories of other women; women I know. My favorite part about the process is writing. Writing has always been therapeutic and fun for me.
Who are your biggest writing influences, and who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Ray Charles, August Wilson, Whitney Houston, and Hortense Miskell (my grandmother) are my biggest writing influences. I would love to collaborate with Lauryn Hill or Kendrick Lamar.
For our readers who have yet to hear your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
If I was to go through your playlist right now, what five artists or songs would I see on your recently played list?
Random question for the fans: Netflix and Chill with snacks, or fancy dinner date?
Fancy Dinner date at Pappadeauxs!
Would you say that you’re more of an introvert or an extrovert, and does it matter, or show in your music?
I would say I’m both. I think it shows in my music.
I have another random question: If the world was ending, what would you choose as your last meal?
I would want gumbo, with two Reese’s, six watermelon jolly ranchers, and three pomegranate Izzes.
Is there a special someone in your life at the moment, or is music your one true love at the moment?
Yes, there is a special someone in my life at the moment.
Are there any plans for new singles, live shows, or an EP on the way? I would love to see you in concert. What’s next for Taquirah?
I am currently working on my first EP called Divine set to release in 2019. I will have some singles and videos coming out as well. Shows are coming soon, so stay posted.