Dua Saleh

Culture Piece Co founder & Lead Photographer, Pierre Ware sat down with singer-songwriter Dua proceeding her performance at the 1 Year Anniversary Fashion Show for Culture Piece Magazine. Dua is a local spoken word artist, singer, songwriter who seems to be making her mark in Minnesota faster than we can keep up! Check out this interview to take a look inside Dua and see her perform at the 1 Year Anniversary Fashion Show at Can Can Wonderland on June 18th, 2017!

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Surprisingly, it took me a long time to self identify as an artist, so I'm still grappling with that term. I guess the one word that comes to mind is "unexpected".

•What was your Inspiration growing up that lead you to music?

Q'uranic recitations have had a huge influence on my raw writing style and vocal inflections. Other than that, most of my influences are forms of music reflected within the african diaspora (ex: 40s jazz, modern rock, trap, Egyptian pop, 90s Sudanese music, etc)

•Your favorite album?(Overall)

 I don't think I can even answer that question. I've oversaturated my own pallet with so much music that it's too overwhelming to choose one artist.

•Who are you listening to right now?

Honestly, most of my time is spent on soundcloud listening to random producers, looking for local music, or revisiting nostalgic music. The top two three artists that I've been listening to recently (that people would know) would have to be Beyonce, Harry Belafonte, and Soulja Boy.

•What do you want people to get out of your music?

Nothing in particular. It's all up to interpretation. We take what we need from art, so I hope people get their fill from my music.

 •Where would you like to see yourself in the future regarding music?

 I'm just testing out the waters and seeing how far the tide will take me.

 •How was seeing Ms. Lauryn Hill live? I saw on Twitter it possibly made you superhuman

It was absolutely life altering. Seeing one of the most important figures of my life has profoundly shifted my internal sense of being. I'm confident to say that she's one of the most soulful and talented artists that I've ever seen live.

•Where did the inspiration for "First Take" come from?

I was watching youtube clips of different artists 'freestyling' at around 3am, when I thought to myself "This sounds prewritten. I probably got more bars than this" Then I just started writing. Most of the best ideas come to me at unconventional times, especially during obscure morning hours.


Interview conducted by Pierre Ware

Photographs by Pierre Ware