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Big Mama Lele keeps it real

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



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

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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