“Inshallah” is a song I wrote when I was pregnant for the first time, with my daughter, Mandela.

I was visiting Sydney and broke the news to my Mother. Being Turkish, she kept knocking on the wooden kitchen table and saying “Mashallah” meaning “God Bless.” She was overjoyed.

Later on, I was with Aloe and we were talking about the meaning of Inshallah (God Willing) and Mashallah, he started singing the chorus and the song was born

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Image from “Inshallah” video. Art by Eliza Reisfeld.

It is a song filled with all my wishes, fears and hopes as a new Mother. I know it sounds crazy but I didn’t really fully grasp the miracle of pregnancy until I became pregnant. Then I kept yelling at people “do you know how crazy this is?!”

It’s the first time I truly felt powerless and full of worry. I called my Mother and I asked her, when does the worrying end? She laughed and said, “Never!”

Being pregnant, you have no control over your body and the development of new life. You can only wish and hope that things go smoothly. Then you worry about child birth, then you worry about the first 3 months of life and you check if they’re breathing every other day. Then you worry about them falling off the bed when they can roll over. It really is endless!
My Mother said to me, “Then you worry when they get their driver’s license and then when they move to another country!” Needless to say, I had to learn that I can’t control everything because some things are beyond our control.

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Image from “Inshallah” video. Art by Eliza Reisfeld.

In another part of the song, I imagine all the wonderful characteristics she’ll posses one day.

Will she be fair, unbiased and just?
A woman to be loved and a friend you can trust
who’s fighting for freedom and the voices unheard
I’m telling the whole world get ready for this girl!
powerful, kind, educated and funny
compassionate to strangers, generous with her money  

It’s funny because now that she knows the lyrics, as a 3 year old she said to me “You didn’t know I’d be silly Mummy!”

“Inshallah” is produced by Quetzal Flores and features Qanoon and Oud played by world renowned musician from Jordan, Halim Al-khatib. I met Halim through a story tellers writing course I facilitated for Tiyya, an organisation dedicated to supporting refugees and displaced Americans.

It also features the vocals of Mia Xitlali and Sandino González-Flores.

Drums by Evan Cristo, Bass by Juan “El Unico” Perez, Keys by Quincy McCrary and Guitar by Quetzal Flores.

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Image from “Inshallah” video. Art by Eliza Reisfeld.

For the video, we wanted to showcase women and daughters around the world and show how no matter where we live we all want the same thing; for our children to be fed, to be safe, to have access to opportunity and to live in peace. I teamed up with an extremely talented collective, RogueMark Studios who created the beautiful visuals for the song. I came across their work at the J18 event at UCLA. Professor Ananya Roy had made a video with them titled 3 Truths About Trumpism and as soon as I saw their incredible creativity I knew I had to collaborate with them. The video is produced by Abby VanMuijen, Art by Eliza Reisfeld and Animation by Marisa Rafter.

“Inshallah” is a song dear to my heart and very special for my family and I hope that it becomes special for you too.

The video will be available through YouTube and Facebook on Mother’s Day – May 14th.


Artista + Activista = Artivista! Sept. 16th Ford Event Image

Publicity Contacts:

Veronica Gonzalez

Phoebe Smolin





An Unforgettable Evening of Music and Art on September 16th at Ford Theatres


Eleven Women Illuminate the Stage with Thought Provoking Music

Incredible Line-Up Includes Iconic Punk Rocker Alice Bag, GRAMMY® Winning Latin Alternative Singer La Marisoul (La Santa Cecilia),
Future-Soul Godmother Georgia Anne Muldrow and more


Featuring Art Exhibit Curated by Self-Help Graphics and Installation by Renowned Master Altar Builder Ofelia Esparza


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Artista + Activista = Artivista! Sept. 16th Ford Event Image (L-R: Medusa, Alice Bag, Ceci Bastida, Maya Jupiter, Martha Gonzalez, Irka Mateo, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kara Mack, Marisa Ronstadt, The Oracle Jayne Doe, La Marisoul)

Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2016): Artivist Entertainment presents an unforgettable evening of music and art by exemplary women artivistas (artist/activists) whose work focuses on stories of resistance, empowerment, equality and social justice that have inspired positive social change in their communities and beyond. The evening’s incredible line-up includes iconic punk rocker Alice Bag, GRAMMY® winning Latin alternative singer La Marisoul (of La Santa Cecilia), future-soul godmother Georgia Anne Muldrow, GRAMMY® winning Chicana singer-songwriter Martha Gonzalez (of Quetzal), hip-hop gangsta goddess Medusa, hip-hop artivist Maya Jupiter, alternative hip-hop mic rocker The Oracle Jayne Doe, Tijuana-born ska-punk rocker Ceci Bastida, Dominican Taino singer-folklorist Irka Mateo, indie-soul singer Marisa Ronstadt and world-soul singer/choreographer Kara Mack.

The evening features an exciting mix of musical styles including R&B, hip-hop, soul, Latin, punk, alternative rock and world music, by an impressive group of talented musicians mostly from Los Angeles. Artivist Entertainment, an organization created by a group of artists and industry professionals, including Aloe Blacc, brings these important visionaries together because they combine art and activism in a way that builds community while still creating extraordinary music and art. The evening’s set also includes memorable song collaborations never before presented live.

An art exhibit curated by the Los Angeles-based non-profit visual arts center Self-Help Graphics features art pieces by women in the community on display together with an installation by the renowned East L.A. master altar builder and educator Ofelia Esparza. She is widely known for her 30 years of Day of the Dead altar installations at Self-Help Graphics. Ofelia’s work has also been exhibited at prominent galleries and museums such as LACMA, The Mexican Fine Art Museum of Chicago and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana Mexico. The exhibit will take place on the Ford Theatres entryway plaza prior to the show.

Concert and Exhibit Details:

Friday, September 16th, 8:30 p.m.

Ford Theatres

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East

Hollywood, CA 90068

Ticket prices start at $25; Reserved.

Tickets are available at or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit



Artivist Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based organization founded by recording artists and entertainment industry professionals Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzalez and Alberto Lopez; dedicated to supporting and creating music and art that inspires positive social change. For more information on Artivist Entertainment, please visit



Following extensive renovations to this historic facility, the Ford Theatres have reopened for the 2016 Summer Season. The Ford is located just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass. The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

Parking at the Ford is stacked and costs $5-$10 per vehicle for evening performances. New off- site parking location: a FREE shuttle services the parking structure located at 1710 N. Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood. Parking is $10 for Ford patrons. Shuttle departures begin two hours before show time and reservations are required. Metro riders: a FREE shuttle picks up from the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station (3913 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City 91604). The shuttle, which cycles every 20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area.

This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2016 Summer Season, a multidisciplinary arts series presented by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County arts organizations. A complete season schedule, directions to the amphitheatre and parking information can be found at





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