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Big Mama Lele keeps it real

Amelia Merhar mixes eroticism with academia on her Academically Stacked tour.

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Big Mama Lele
Saturday, October 22, 7pm
Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington Street
$10

Amelia Merhar—AKA Big Mama Lele—is hilariously honest. This Whitehorse-based musician has a signature in-your-face, take-it-or-leave-it attitude with musical stylings riddled in equal parts humour and eroticism.

"Sexually charged folk is how I describe my bit, in the sense that my lyrics have a lot of double entendres," says Merhar. "But I'm still keeping with the singer-songwriter tradition."

A subscribed doyenne of sensual folk, Big Mama Lele arose in 2007 and Merhar says this persona just kinda happened.

"When I first started listening to music in my early 20s, I listened to a lot of old blues and as a fat woman, I was trying to own who I was," she says. "But it wasn't a forced political project in that sense, what comes out are stories about living in a world where there's a lot of inequality, but I can't help but be funny about it."

Merhar has released three EPs—Letters Are Better, GDFC and Singles, and is currently working on her fourth as a full-time grad student. She says her ongoing tour, Academically Stacked, poses as a delightful escape from her studies.

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