KillaQueenz, MIA, Santigold
Yarrie and Isata
Aaliyah, Wiz Khalifa, Miss Dynamite
Having arrived in Australia in 2004 from their home in Sierra Leone, sisters Yarrie (17) and Isata (16) have been attending writing and production workshops at Lion Mountain Studios since 2010, where the track was written. Recorded in the custom built cupboard studio where Lion Mountain have made their home, ‘Shake It’ is about being in the moment – as Isata says they intended the track to help people “forget about what’s worrying you and dance your head off.” And a track for you to dance your head off it is! Benefiting from influences as diverse as Wiz Khalifa, India Arie and the KillaQueenz, and working with volunteer producers from Sydney including members of ONEOFOUR collective Seekae, Cleptoclectics and 48/4, Shake It celebrates the Sierra Sisters’ spirited approach to music making. ‘Shake It’ is the first track released from Lion Mountain Studio, a community project initiated and controlled by members of Sydney’s Sierra Leonean community. The project was devised to assist people from Sierra Leone and other African communities gain access and training in music making and recording, with the long term goal of building the community’s own capacity for creative expression. “Lion Mountain Studio has persuaded me to continue with my music career and has given me the confidence to stand proud as a female rapper,” said Yarrie, one half of the Sierra Sisters. Among the many benefits that Lion Mountain Studio has brought to the community, the studio is proud to introduce the Sierra Sisters. Enjoy!