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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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Lexine Solomon

Lexine Solomon

Songs of Connection and Celebration by a Torres Strait Islander

(p.131) 6. Lexine Solomon
Women Singers in Global Contexts

Katelyn Barney

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the life and career of Lexine Solomon. She released her first solo album in 2002 when in her mid-forties, celebrating her own identity as an Indigenous Torres Strait Islander woman living in mainland Australia. She engages her singing voice and her lyrics to articulate and express agency, empowerment, and celebration. With a combination of newly self-composed songs and covers, Solomon is specifically involved with reclaiming and documenting the women in her family, and with encouraging and enabling women in positions of marginality, particularly Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal women. As singer, facilitator, manager, and producer, her multifaceted vocal career involves touring nationally and internationally to perform and run workshops.

Keywords:   Lexine Solomon, Torrent Strait Islander women, Aborignal women, agency, empowerment, marginality, identity

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