This series spotlights musical artists from The Nasiona‘s first compilation album, Volume 1: Petrichor.

Beezy Montana’s track “Hail Mary” is featured in the volume.

Beezy Montana. I’m from a small college town called Ypsilanti, MI. About 25 miles from Detroit. A weird mix of hood shit and opportunities. I’m not a rapper. Rap is my medium. I don’t intend to make millions off this shit. This is just pain, and trauma, and happiness, and triumph. All that good shit and bad shit together. This is what it feels like to me. Black and successful and still susceptible to gun violence. RIP Slight Keif. Beezy Montana is a real ass rap poet from lil Ypsi with a couple day jobs


Volume 1: Petrichor

About the Album

This first volume of The Nasiona’s music series encapsulates all the glorious highs and the searing lows of navigating the world as an empathetic, curious individual. The works contained in this volume — from mournful piano compositions, dazzling spoken word, spellbinding vocal layered-songs, to beautiful instrumentals — express the intricacies of being an artist of color in a too-often indifferent world; and like the scent that lingers long after the downpour, these masterpieces ask you to sit awhile, to close your eyes, to pay attention.



Aïcha Martine Thiam
Julián Esteban Torres López

Submit to the series

Music has always told stories that are as powerful, as moving as personal essays, and we at The Nasiona want to honor that tradition. For this new music series, we seek submissions of songs that align with our vision of centering, elevating, and amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and shedding light on neglected experiences.

Whether you record your music professionally, or whether you have gone the DIY way throughout; whether you are an emerging indie artist, or have never released a song; or whether you have simply felt overlooked by the mainstream musical landscape: we believe in your voice, and we want your work. 

Tell us about growing up as a third culture kid, about living through trauma, about being misgendered, about slice-of-life instances of resolution. Tell us about your elations, your sorrows, your moments of quiet tenacity, your rallying cries of rage. Send us a song (or two, or three!) that tells a story, whether in words or through instrumentals. If it matters to you, it deserves a platform.

All genres and languages are welcome. If you identify as BIPOC, we want to showcase your work and profile you.

We can’t wait to listen to your work and consider it for publication in either our online magazine or podcast, or both!

Note that we are here to uplift you. You keep all the rights to your work.

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