World Music Day is an extraordinary celebration that transcends boundaries and unites people across the globe through the power of music. On this day, individuals from all walks of life come together to honor and revel in the incredible diversity of musical expressions that exist within our world. While World Music Day traditionally emphasizes inclusivity and promotes the universal language of music, it is equally important to recognize and appreciate the immense contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community to the vibrant tapestry of music.

On this World Music Day, let us come together to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ musicians who have fearlessly shared their stories, inspired millions, and paved the way for a more inclusive and equal world. In a conversation with Social Nation, they shared about their journey and what motivates them every day.

Desiree Saldanha

Desiree Saldanha, also known by her stage name “suggahunnyy”, is a talented and multifaceted artist who captures hearts with her enchanting voice and captivating DJ sets. As a singer and DJ, she seamlessly blends her passion for music, creating an immersive experience for her audience. Desiree’s soulful vocals resonate with raw emotion, leaving listeners spellbound and craving for more.

What sparked your interest in music, and how did you get started on your musical journey?

I’ve loved music, especially singing, ever since I was a little kid. I actually wrote my first song for myself when I was in 3rd standard. It was kind of like a love/heartbreak song. I also studied guitar for a long time when I was in school, so music has always been a big part of my life.

After college, I joined a band, and we did a lot of covers and some original music. It was really fun and super rewarding to have an experience like that, especially for someone who mostly sings for themselves. However, the band eventually disbanded. I also took on a more serious role in the music business that I had been working in for a couple of years. I started working as an artist manager, and currently, I still work in music as a programmer for VH1 Supersonic, the music festival.

A few years ago, I also started DJing, which created a new connection to performing for me. It’s not the same as singing live, and any DJ would be able to tell you that. But it’s fun, rewarding, and challenging in its own way. So, I’m super excited to see where things go from here in my music journey.

Is there a particular song or artist from a different era that you wish you could collaborate with?

I think I’d like to collaborate with all of my favorite artists, but I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of collaboration just yet. However, just being in the same room as them, witnessing their process, and watching them work, would be absolutely amazing.

Wild Wild Women

Wild Wild Women, India’s first all-female hip-hop collective and community, stands as a testament to the power and creativity of women in the music industry. They are not only breaking stereotypes but also paving the way for aspiring female artists in the hip-hop scene, inspiring them to embrace their passion for music without limitations. their voices have the power to create change and shape the future of music.

How do you plan to celebrate World Music Day this year?

Well, for starters, Krantinaari will be on a flight to perform at Roskilde Festival in Denmark on that day. The rest of us will be making music, or heading down to a local gig of each of our choices.

How do you believe World Music Day can be used to promote and showcase the diversity of musical cultures around the world?

World Music Day or Fête de la Musique, just like any celebration, is the local awareness and cultural significance of music, but globally. There are always some really interesting collaborations that come out every year on that day, and that’s really something to look out for. There are different rhythms and musical systems, and even if you understand it or not, the beauty of music is it is universal and felt by all. The diversity in different musical cultures gets a chance to shine on this day, along with major events held across the world.

Wrisha Dutta

Wrisha Dutta, a remarkable talent in music and modeling, inspires as a singer, performer, and body-positive model. With their mesmerizing voice and captivating stage presence, they enchant audiences with soulful renditions. Wrisha’s dedication to her craft is evident, evoking emotions that deeply resonate with listeners.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self when you were just starting out as a musician, what would it be?

If I could go back in time and offer advice to my younger self at the start of my musical journey, it would be this: Don’t get caught up in comparing your path to that of others. Remember that every musician has their own unique trajectory and blooms in their own time.

It’s important to understand that you don’t have to have everything figured out right from the beginning. Embrace the learning process and be open to evolving and growing as an artist. Don’t be afraid of failure, as it serves as a stepping stone towards success.

It’s natural to experience moments of doubt and imposter syndrome, but have faith in your own unique abilities and talents. Believe in yourself and trust that your individuality is what sets you apart. Embrace the journey, celebrate your wins, learn from your setbacks, and stay true to your artistic vision. Remember, your musical path is yours to create and cherish.

If you had to sum up your love for music in three words, what would they be?

Passion, Soul, Healing

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King Blue

King Blue, also known as kingbluevstheworld, is a remarkable force in the world of music. With their raw talent, magnetic personality, and unwavering determination, he has established themselves as an exceptional artist and entertainer. As a singer and songwriter, King Blue effortlessly weaves words together, creating lyrics that resonate with authenticity and vulnerability.

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Is there a particular song or artist from a different era that you wish you could collaborate with?

Oh, absolutely! The magical era of rock and roll has such a chokehold on me. If I had the opportunity, there are several artists/bands that I would love to collaborate with and learn from, including Led Zeppelin, Slash, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Queen.

If you had to sum up your love for music in three words, what would they be?

Passion, Emotion, Escape.

Smruti Jalpur

Smruti Jalpur, a talented artist, and performer, shines brightly in the world of music. With their mesmerizing vocals and soulful melodies, they captivate audiences and leaves a lasting impression. Smruti’s passion for music is evident in every note they sing, effortlessly blending genres and creating a unique sonic experience. Their artistry is an expression of their creativity and dedication, inspiring listeners to embark on a musical journey with them.

What sparked your interest in music, and how did you get started on your musical journey?

My musical journey started participating in school when my parents encouraged not just me, but my other two sisters, too, to participate in as they’d say those days ‘Singing competition’ at school and on various occasions and celebrations in the colony where we lived.

How do you believe World Music Day can be used to promote and showcase the diversity of musical cultures around the world?

I think World Music Day can be used to educate, embrace, appreciate, and experience the rich and diverse musical culture around the world amongst people from all walks of life.

Let us continue to celebrate and support LGBTQIA+ musicians, not just on World Music Day, but every day. By embracing their music, sharing their stories, and amplifying their voices, we contribute to a world that recognizes and values the diversity of identities and experiences. So turn up the volume, sing along, and dance to the beats of LGBTQIA+ musicians who are leading the way on World Music Day.