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Catching up w/ Amanda Shea

The Roxbury poet and organizer chats w/ her fellow Shea (Dan) ahead of her stream on the Hassle Instagram Live on sunday (1/24) @ 8pm

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Dan Shea:
What do you miss most from the world of live performances and social artistic gatherings that we will hopefully return to sooner than later?

Amand Shea:
What I miss the most is the energy of everyone. I have been blessed with virtual shows in the pandemic however it’s not the same. For me, being able to connect with people in person, to look them in their eyes, hug people, it’s more intimate.I hope we are able to return very soon.

DS:
What, if anything, do you think, or hope, will be different about Boston post-pandemic?

AS:
I hope institutions and organizations really show up and provide platforms for artists of color considering so many spaces for us have been shut down.

DS:
What’s next for you and what should we be thinking about going into your performance on sunday?

AS:
I’m currently working on an EP and I’m really excited about it. I don’t think people will expect what’s on it. It makes me nervous and excited all at the same time. I want to thank two of my producers Battleaxe and Chris Floyd for assisting me with this project. My performance Sunday will be interesting because I have a couple of surprises up my sleeve! I hope everyone enjoys it.

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