Alynda Lee Se­garra


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What mu­sic are you cur­rently groov­ing to? Be­douine is a song­writer I’m very ex­cited about. Her song Soli­tary Daugh­ter moved me in a way that I haven’t felt in so long. I get lost in the rou­tine of tour­ing and lose the magic of song­writ­ing: she’s helped me find my way back. Also Ken­drick La­mar’s Damn. He’s a ge­nius, he will con­sis­tently change and evolve. The themes he touches on aren’t sim­ple: DNA has meant a lot to me as I get in touch with my an­ces­try and the Puerto Ri­can strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion. What, if push comes to shove, is your favourite al­bum of all time? Just Like A Wo­man by Nina Si­mone. I’ll never get tired of her voice, her wit and her rein­ven­tion of clas­sic songs. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I bought three at once: Jewel, Tragic King­dom by No Doubt, and Spice World by the Spice Girls. Girl power, I guess ha! From Tower Records! I miss that place. My fam­ily was in Florida at the mall – I was in fourth grade and be­gin­ning to feel the strange pull to­wards mu­sic and pop cul­ture.

Which mu­si­cian, other than your­self, have you ever wanted to be? Alice Coltrane. I of­ten feel stuck on this lower spir­i­tual plane. Close to earth, rarely el­e­vat­ing, mu­si­cally. I wish I had Alice and John’s abil­ity to tran­scend to an­other realm.

What do you sing in the shower? Se­lena, la reina para siem­pre.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record?

Bem­beya Jazz Na­tional of­ten blasts at my house on a Satur­day. If that doesn’t get us ready for the night I’ll put on some Stu­dio One com­pi­la­tion.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record? Grupo Folk­lorico De Cuba is sa­cred mu­sic for a Sun­day morn­ing. That or The Vel­vet Un­der­ground, or maybe Wil­lie Colón & Hec­tor Lavoe if I’m miss­ing NYC.

Hur­ray For The Riff Raff play Euro­pean dates, in­clud­ing Green Man, in Au­gust

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