Otep Shamaya

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The lesbian lead singer and namesake of the metal band Otep (sometimes OTEP or OT3P), Otep Shamaya, has rocked her way through seven albums and two EPs (along with a few miscellaneous musical projects) at the time of this posting. The band took off quickly, playing at Ozzfest the year after its inception, with a record deal following soon after that. She describes her spoken word sound as a “dissident cabaret”, fueled by aggression and poetry, with a message that “art saves”; both her music and her outside life are highly political, with messages about the working class and side projects like a speaking gig at the 2008 Democratic National Convention after winning a Rock the Vote contest.

Her Facebook page can be found here; her Twitter page can be found here; and her personal blog is here. All three are frequently updated.

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