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Interview: Dounia on Kehlani, snacking on Taki’s and performing at the Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans

The 21-year-old singer Dounia took on the Buku Music and Art Project this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dounia is a part of the Revel’s Music Group which includes artists such as Anthony Russo and G-Eazy.

Before the show, I was able to catch up with Dounia and her team for a few minutes. She immediately got up and greeted me with a “Hey, haven’t we met before?” To me, it shows that she cares about the people who support her. I hadn’t seen her since January in Utah and yet she still remembered me a few months later in a different state.

This was my second time seeing Dounia perform and in even a few months, her confidence, expression, and delivery of her performance had already grown so much. Dounia played on one of the smallest stages at Buku but nonetheless, her fans were singing and screaming every single word with her and it was beautiful. She even looked at the fans in the first few row and said, “Wow! Y’all really do listen to me, thank you so much!” One of the fans behind said, “I swear, if she doesn’t look at me or sing at me, I wasted this entire ticket,” and it was so powerful to see that people really love and care about her music even though she doesn’t have a platform as large as G-Eazy yet.

The crowd was bouncing, dancing, and spreading body positivity, self-love, and good vibes all around. Strangers were supporting each other, nobody was pushing, and everyone whether they knew her lyrics or not, seemed to be having the time of their lives. I can’t wait to see as Dounia flourishes in her career and is able to reach her goals as an artist.

If you were to go on tour right now, what are you most looking forward to?
Dounia: Well, traveling is so much for fun for me. I honestly think it is the best thing in the world. Like when I get more popping and richer, I want to fly my fan out to places so that they can experience a week somewhere by themselves. Because that’s always been the most beautiful time of self discovery for me. It’s just dope traveling with my friends, you know? Even here in New Orleans with my friends it’s just fun to do. And also, seeing people that support my music, like my music, and engaging with them is something so surreal to me and so incredible.

What are one or two snacks you would need to bring?
D: This lime-chili chip that’s in the realm of Taki’s. But it’s not, it’s like Taki’s but better. I just started getting into those. But I’m not too big into snacks, I’m kind of like a weirdo, I like black liquorish a lot. Can I get bubble tea as a snack? That’d be fire.

So you’re friends with Kehlani, who are some of the other artists in the industry that you look up to and respect a lot in the industry?
D: Russ is a friend of mine too, I super look up to him and his career trajectory. He has this extremely, strong, and independent catalog that he’s still getting plaques for which I think is crazy! He really organically built a fanbase within a span of like ten-years releasing a million mixtapes, you know, that people really didn’t listen to and he just kept on his stride. He stayed motivated and patient; he never left his ship to soon to a major label and now he’s reaping in all the benefits of it. It’s just really cool watching his whole show play out. He’s awesome, you know. He puts me on game about industry stuff and is just a great friend and mentor.

Lia Crumpton
Lia Crumpton is a concert and lifestyle photographer based in Boise, Idaho. More of her work is at liacrumpton.myportfolio.com.

Interview: Dounia on Kehlani, snacking on Taki’s and performing at the Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans

The 21-year-old singer Dounia took on the Buku Music and Art Project this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dounia is a part of the Revel’s Music Group which includes artists such as Anthony Russo and G-Eazy.

Before the show, I was able to catch up with Dounia and her team for a few minutes. She immediately got up and greeted me with a “Hey, haven’t we met before?” To me, it shows that she cares about the people who support her. I hadn’t seen her since January in Utah and yet she still remembered me a few months later in a different state.

This was my second time seeing Dounia perform and in even a few months, her confidence, expression, and delivery of her performance had already grown so much. Dounia played on one of the smallest stages at Buku but nonetheless, her fans were singing and screaming every single word with her and it was beautiful. She even looked at the fans in the first few row and said, “Wow! Y’all really do listen to me, thank you so much!” One of the fans behind said, “I swear, if she doesn’t look at me or sing at me, I wasted this entire ticket,” and it was so powerful to see that people really love and care about her music even though she doesn’t have a platform as large as G-Eazy yet.

The crowd was bouncing, dancing, and spreading body positivity, self-love, and good vibes all around. Strangers were supporting each other, nobody was pushing, and everyone whether they knew her lyrics or not, seemed to be having the time of their lives. I can’t wait to see as Dounia flourishes in her career and is able to reach her goals as an artist.

If you were to go on tour right now, what are you most looking forward to?
Dounia: Well, traveling is so much for fun for me. I honestly think it is the best thing in the world. Like when I get more popping and richer, I want to fly my fan out to places so that they can experience a week somewhere by themselves. Because that’s always been the most beautiful time of self discovery for me. It’s just dope traveling with my friends, you know? Even here in New Orleans with my friends it’s just fun to do. And also, seeing people that support my music, like my music, and engaging with them is something so surreal to me and so incredible.

What are one or two snacks you would need to bring?
D: This lime-chili chip that’s in the realm of Taki’s. But it’s not, it’s like Taki’s but better. I just started getting into those. But I’m not too big into snacks, I’m kind of like a weirdo, I like black liquorish a lot. Can I get bubble tea as a snack? That’d be fire.

So you’re friends with Kehlani, who are some of the other artists in the industry that you look up to and respect a lot in the industry?
D: Russ is a friend of mine too, I super look up to him and his career trajectory. He has this extremely, strong, and independent catalog that he’s still getting plaques for which I think is crazy! He really organically built a fanbase within a span of like ten-years releasing a million mixtapes, you know, that people really didn’t listen to and he just kept on his stride. He stayed motivated and patient; he never left his ship to soon to a major label and now he’s reaping in all the benefits of it. It’s just really cool watching his whole show play out. He’s awesome, you know. He puts me on game about industry stuff and is just a great friend and mentor.

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