1525 Intergenerational Conversations, Episode 4: Meet Jaya aka Jayahadadream and her Music
WAHAD is a multimedia organisation, based in Nottingham. Currently consisting of 5 founding members, between the ages of 17-19. They each have varying passions they want to explore with you. As a collective, one of their fundamental aims is to provide a contemporary platform and arts space where a creative community can grow, and legacies can be showcased. Their team is also focused on the encouragement of young black people in all types of: artistic, social and cultural exploration. They work closely with external individuals to exhibit their excellence.
WAHAD's intergenerational project aims to bridge the gap between Nottingham’s young artists and those of more experience. Taking inspiration from the themes of Future of Futures, they will connect creatives across generations for conversation and collaboration. Together, we will explore:
How do we make young people aware of the grassroot arts in Nottingham?
What resources and support are available to young creatives?
What skills have we learned from the pandemic hat can help us improve the arts community father?
What is the future of creativity in the region?
In this episode we meet Jaya aka Jayahadadream, a lover of hip hop, rapper, singer, producer and sociology graduate from Cambridge. She speaks on false perceptions, breaking molds made to limit you and starting from rock bottom as she answers our questions: What motivates you? How has the pandemic affected your art? Where do you aim to take this? What advice would you give to young artists? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Jaya is fueled by wanting to make things better and seeks an influence that brings about lasting change for people like her. Rejecting tokenism and performative actions, she explains the importance of integrity and setting your boundaries. She has experienced the rougher side of life, family and mental health battles, but these experiences only drive her ambitions further, to make a better world for others like her and in her hometown.