Otep Shamaya


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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