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Ep. 25 "EmmoLei Sankofa" (Composer For "The Other Black Girl", Lizzo's "Big Grrrls", "Three Ways")
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Ep. 25 "EmmoLei Sankofa" (Composer For "The Other Black Girl", Lizzo's "Big Grrrls", "Three Ways")

Welcome to the episode 25 of "Women In The Music Industry", a podcast that shines a spotlight on the remarkable women who are breaking barriers and making their mark in an industry that has long been dominated by men. My guest on this episode is none other than composer, producer, musician and artist extraordinaire EmmoLei Sankofa, whose work spans music, visual media, and fine art.  EmmoLei’s original music can be heard on the stand-out comedy, “Three Ways” on Hulu, Season 3 of STARZ’s “Step Up” series, Lizzo’s Emmy-Award winning series, “Watch Out For the Big Grrrls” on Amazon, Shudder/AMC's horror anthology film “Horror Noire”, and 2023’s smash series on Hulu, “The Other Black Girl”.  These are just a few of her incredible credits!  Emmolei is a 2021 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow, where she worked closely with Film and Television composers on her craft. The creative advisors for the intensive included Kathryn Bostic, Laura Karpman, Blake Neely, Heather McIntosh, George S. Clinton, Mychael Danna, Jeff Rona, and Christopher Willis.  EmmoLei has also collaborated with some of the best emerging and award-winning filmmakers, including Jamal Dedeaux, Zandashé Brown, Rhea Dillion, Jonathan Lewis, Imani Dennison, Sekani Solomon, Ajiri Akpolo, and more.  Her original music has been married to films screened at HBO, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Lionsgate, Warner Bros, the Oakland Museum of California, and film festivals in Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Savannah, Las Vegas, London, and beyond.  EmmoLei has also worked with top brands like Nike, Vans, Buzzfeed, Pandora, Kamala Harris for the People, Pulse Films, and more via her creative audio company, Bèl Son. EmmoLei’s discography encompasses over twenty-one independently released albums, EPs, and singles collectively, and embodies a mixture of genres but often integrates soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm & blues. Her single, Don’t Fight, was included on Adult Swim’s OPUS compilation album. As a musician, she has performed with Nelly, Ella Mai, Kurt Schneider, and more, and had her debut performance as a solo act on Mobley’s “Devil in a Daydream” Virtual Tour. An alum of The Recording Academy’s 2021 NEXT program, EmmoLei is an emerging talent and active voice among the next generation of music industry leaders. EmmoLei and her work have been featured on various platforms, including Lyrical Lemonade, LANDR, Saint Heron, OC Weekly, The Recording Academy, Gender Amplified, Billboard, and more. If you are enjoying this video series, please rate/review/subscribe/tell everyone about it. Every little bit helps. Instagram: @emmolei Web: www.e-sankofa.com
EmmoLei Sankofa: Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman #musicpodcast #musicinterview
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EmmoLei Sankofa: Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman #musicpodcast #musicinterview

Like all my podcast episodes, you can watch this video, or listen to the podcast, and the transcript is linked here as well: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/emmolei-sankofa EmmoLei Sankofa https://www.e-sankofa.com/ is a an American composer, producer, musician, and artist whose work spans music, visual media, and fine art. In this episode we focused on her original music for Hulu's The Other Black Girl, the film score for Three Ways and her project Geometry, and we talked about her unique use of morse code in her compositions, and the benefits of limitations in creative work. I asked her about her experiences in HBCU marching band culture, at the Savannah College of Art and Design, being part of a positive community of mentors and peers through the Composers Diversity Collective. With her background as a percussionist and her use of morse code, I was interested to hear about her creative process, and also about some of her visual art projects and collaborative installations. EmmoLei’s discography encompasses many albums and singles, and often integrates soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. Her single, Don’t Fight, was included on Adult Swim’s OPUS compilation album. EmmoLei has collaborated with many award-winning filmmakers, and through her creative audio company, Bèl Son, has worked with brands like Nike, Buzzfeed and Kamala Harris for the People. At the beginning of this episode, we dig into EmmoLei’s unique score for The Other Black Girl, which I watched and recommend. It’s based on a best-selling novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris, and the show is an edgy thriller that’s a social commentary with humourous twists, and shines a light on the expeirence of Black women in corporate America, specifically in the publishing industry. This podcast is available wherever you listen to podcasts as well as a video on my YouTube. You can sign up for my weekly newsletter to get access to Sneak Peeks for upcoming guests on my website LeahRoseman.com where you can explore past episodes and support the show through my Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman Here's the link to the official Triangles Video (which is excerpted in the episode) ⁠https://youtu.be/5YGSMD547VE?si=1LS-y6EoFKP-SqGA⁠ Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (03:01) The Other Black Girl (11:49) using Morse code in EmmoLei’s compositions (17:10) marching band culture HBCU (20:52) SCAD Sound Design Masters (23:25) please help support this independant podcast! (24:04) Mentors and mentoring, the Composers Diversity Collective (33:37) African diaspora, Sankofa (36:33) Emmolei’s instruments and creative process (44:44) visual art, trip to South Africa (56:26) Geometry, filmmaking, producing (01:00:49) Three Ways (01:04:13) The Other Black Girl, Tonality vocal group, graphic scores (01:12:23) In Pursuit of Silence (01:17:30) EmmoLei’s well-rounded musical background @EmmoLei .
Morse Code and the Magic of Music with EmmoLei Sankofa - Music Production Podcast 329
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Morse Code and the Magic of Music with EmmoLei Sankofa - Music Production Podcast 329

EmmoLei Sankofa is a composer, producer, musician, and artist. Credits include Emmy award-winning “Watch Out For the Big Grrrls,” the Lizzo documentary series, STARZ’s “Step Up”, and newly released, “Three Ways,” which recently premiered on Hulu.  EmmoLei and I had a wide-ranging conversation about her career and creative process. We wound up exploring some deep philosophical and evolutionary aspects of music, art, and simply living. EmmoLei's deep insights about the power of music and human compassion left me feeling inspired and uplifted. Show Notes: EmmoLei's website - https://www.e-sankofa.com/ EmmoLei's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/emmolei/ EmmoLei's Discography - https://www.e-sankofa.com/disco Three Ways - https://www.hulu.com/movie/three-ways Lizzo's "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" - https://www.amazon.com/Lizzos-Watch-Out-Big-Grrrls/dp/B09KFGXCRP/ Quincy Jones "12 Notes: On Life and Creativity" - https://amzn.to/41YVViC Matthew Dicks "Someday is Today" - https://amzn.to/3WuFSIo Matthew Dicks on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matthew-dicks George Prochnick "In Pursuit of Silence" - https://amzn.to/45qIgUe Outro Music "Compassion" by Shavano - https://shavano.bandcamp.com/album/progressive-energy-transfer Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! Unique Ableton Live Packs for your music: https://brianfunk.com/premium-ableton-live-packs My book: 5-Minute Music Producer - 365 Music-Making Activities: https://brianfunk.com/book Join the Music Production Club! Get my latest work and tons of sound packs, samples, and tutorials, and get involved with our incredible community of music makers: https://brianfunk.com/mpc Listen to the Music Production Podcast: https://www.brianfunk.com/podcast Brian Funk Web Site: https://www.brianfunk.com Music Production Podcast: https://www.brianfunk.com/podcast Free Ableton Live Packs: https://brianfunk.com/free-ableton-live-packs My Music: https://brianfunk.com/music Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianfunkmusic TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@brianfunkmusic Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/brianfunkmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brianfunkmusic 00:00 Drift 02:35 Episode Begins
EmmoLei Sankofa | Composer: Three Ways
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