Reflections

Queen Vashti: ‘Boy Bye :)’

Queen Vashti, one of the first women recorded to say ‘Boy bye’. She gracefully took her crown and stepped into her new future after she was banished from her kingdom. You can find her cameo in the book of Esther in the Bible.

Vashti was the queen of Persia, wife to the mighty King Xexses and regarded for her beauty. One night her husband drunkenly demanded she showcase herself to his party guests, so he could gloat and they could salivate. A request she firmly rebuffed. She refused to prostitute her dignity and paid for it in full. Enraged at her audacity, along with the advice of his circle, he demoted her. They were convinced if the story got out women would despise their husbands and the world was likely to go up in flames. How dramatic. The King’s word was law and couldn’t be reversed even by himself, something he probably regretted it in the morning. Vashti would have felt violated, unprotected and grossly mishandled. Someone who claims to love you wouldn’t draw you out like that.

‘The room was brimming with sweaty abrasive men, eyes bright with lust and leaking obscenities. They daren’t say anything disrespectful out loud but their ferocious presence was unnerving. I hope that not everyone agrees with the king’s obnoxious behaviour but no one will fend for me so I’ll have to do this alone. I have not been considered.’

The scenery and culture may have changed but the acts of men high in authority hasn’t. For all we know this wasn’t the first time Vashti was hung out to dry by Xerses. I don’t believe she took an L here, I feel she stuck it on his forehead and it hung in a corner of his mind forever. It could be interpreted that she was being difficult but seems far too simple and insulting, we almost always have a reason.

Music Reviews

Background Noise – Melle Brown, Oli Hannaford

A DJ and music producer pioneer at 22? I hope the world is keeping a look out for Melle Brown!

She has just released her first record featuring some smooth vocals from Oli Hannaford and it’s a future club banger for sure. We don’t know of many female producers killing the game so it’s great to see her mark her territory in a world assumed by men; and sprinkled with the glitter of Black Girl Magic this is sure to do the trick!

Smooth and jazzy and a consistent vibe, even throughout March’s indecisive seasons, Background Noise has us ready to risk the wind and rain and blow off the cars roof. She’s helped to usher in a fresh wave of deep house to a new generation

She has also let us know that this is the just first off of her upcoming project that will drop sometime this year. Can’t wait! Take a listen to the track now, it’s making moves..