Saba Kidane

Poet, activist, journalist and former soldier, Saba Kidane soothes war wounds with her lyrical verses.

Coordinates: Eritrea

Mari Kaasinen

Her group Varttina, with roots reaching back to her toddler days, is now garnering an international reputation for its unique blend of contemporary folk music and Karelian and Finno-Ugric “runo songs.” When she’s not performing, she’s teaching and passing on regional musical traditions to local kids.

Coordinates: Finland

courtesy of Leah Kohlenberg

Grace Ma

Amazing Grace is a Hong Kong hostess serving up art and politics to locals and gweilos alike.

Coordinates: China

courtesy of Sylvia Oberti

Sylvia Oberti

This “cruising crusader” is on a mad-as-hell race to help cancer sufferers all over the world.

Coordinates: Italy

courtesy of Liu Sola

Liu Sola

Experience the haunting sounds of this counter-culture creatrix.

Coordinates: China | United States



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