Nephtys is an urban artist from Brussels. Mixed between a Syrian father and a Belgian mother, she grew up under their artistic influence. From classical to Neo-Soul / R & B, Hip-Hop here, Jazzy there, talented singer and rapper, it is all in versatility that Nephtys walks us through her multi-faceted universe.
Rejecting popular stereotypes of mysogine rap and violence, it is with subtlety that she mixes conscious punchlines with her soft, warm voice. Drawing on her experiences on different Jazz and Pop stages, she reconnects with her first love for Soul and Hip Hop which allows the woman she becomes every day to express herself: Nephtys is a tribute to the Egyptian divinity, accompanist of births and funeral rites, a woman at all times, considered the singer’s alter-ego.
Nephtys narrates through her sincere and hopeful words, her point of view on the world, the realities and dreams that she carries in her heart. Close to the public, she wishes to share her optimism despite the hard knocks of life.
This Belgian-Syrian artist aspires to be recognized not only for her music, but also as an activist. If her texts speak of feminism and anti-racism, they also advocate love of oneself, of one’s culture, and of one’s roots. Woman, political activist, intersectional activist, poet, and rapper, nephtys is all of these. “For me, hip-hop serves to build bridges between people, it emancipates, brings peace. But it also serves to tell the truth to the dominant, because we are the power, and we can change the world with our voices. ” “Happiness is a political statement. Your joy is resistance to the oppressor. ” She also actively campaigns for the social rights of minorities. “Some people hate the idea that a movement created by African American culture is not vile, or sexist. If all you see in hip-hop is sexism, you just haven’t paid attention. Sexism exists in all areas. To consider an art, a culture as primitive, subaltern, it’s just racist.
The singer is about those who consider Arab culture, or any indigenous, non-white culture, to be less glorious, and who see these peoples as barbarians, savages, uncivilized. It’s really intriguing and indignant to me. She also conveys a message of body positivity, in order to decolonize the standards of beauty imposed by society, she quotes: “it is important for me that my sisters feel at ease in their body and with their mind, all this passes. by a healthy lifestyle, a good mindset and a spiritual awakening. It is necessary to be well grounded to lead a rewarding and lively life giving rise to successful experiences of life without putting too much strain on your mind. An influence she exerts on her audience. Society is in the midst of an identity crisis, we owe it to ourselves to follow a philosophy of life that allows us to exploit happiness, to feed on knowledge.
What will make us stronger is sharing our experiences, the love we have for each other and the ambition to push each other.