By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s hard to find a musical artist who embodies the essence of that latter word. Many will sacrifice exploration and honesty for chart-topping singles.

Marla Mase does not sit among the superficial. As a result, her art has for the most part remained underground. I’d like to do my part to change that.

She’s fresh out of our beloved New York. A playwright and a poet, a lover and a mother, unafraid to stray into the daring or erotic. Music is one of the many mediums she chooses to channel.

The most awesome thing about her work is that some of it is spoken word. I know, I know- that’s a music form still out on the fringe. But if you give it a chance, you’d be amazed at where it can take you!

Whether singing or speaking, rhyming or fiddling with free verse, Marla’s voice will grip you tight. She dances on the balance beam between music and poetry. Not once does she falter. I feel like she’d have done better at Studio 54 or Woodstock, surrounded by the similarly minded. No bother- she’s striking out just fine on her own.

If you’re interested, her multimedia performance has been booked for the Summerstage Festival in NYC this year. It will use “spoken word, dance and visual imagery to explore themes of confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression… and freedom.” In other words, it’s gonna be a spa day for the senses, and an enlightening one at that!

Her fan-base is world-wide, and that’s no surprise. This sort of musical expression could find a home in varying ethnic roots. One minute you’re threading through heavy vines in the jungle; the next, you’re transported to the dizzying streets of Tokyo. Undoubtedly, her message is universal.

Take Piece of Peace. It’s a straightforward plea, but one that anyone could relate to.

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