Based in Oakland, California, Amina Shareef Ali performs songs of love and struggle. Poignant and revealing verse reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Conor Oberst is set against a backdrop of American music both traditional and modern, from folk to punk to country to rock and roll.
Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Amina Shareef Ali studied music composition at Oberlin College and moved to the Bay Area in 2007. She has performed at such venues as SF’s Bottom Of The Hill, the Make Out Room and the Hotel Utah Saloon and Berkeley’s Starry Plough. Amina has released four records: The Once and Future Boyfriend (2010) and Holy Rock and Roll (2011) with her band, The Radical Folksonomy; and the solo albums How to End the War (2011) and A Place to Remember the Dead (2014), which received positive attention from the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Examiner.com and several other music blogs.
Amina Shareef Ali has done several tours both solo and with a band, visiting Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, Bellingham, St. Louis, Amsterdam, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, Tucson, Los Angeles and many other cities. In 2017, Amina came out as a transgender woman.
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