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Why MYA Is Still Like “Wo”

Why MYA Is Still Like “Wo”

There’s always a good time to listen to Mya – breaking up, making up, dolling up or working out, the R&B songstress has enough hits with enough vibes for any occasion.

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Perhaps best known for the Grammy-winning 2001 collab “Lady Marmalade” with Lil Kim, Christina Aguilera and Pink, Mya has pushed through the industry with a consistent theme, one that connects her femininity to her talent. She’s created music that shows emotional strength, overt sexuality and confidence – having co-produced and co-written much of her music, it’s fair to call it an expression of her womanhood on many levels.

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Mya took the industry by storm in 1998 with a self-titled debut album and a whole host of collabs – her single “It’s All About Me” with Dru Hill was her breakthrough, and she’s then since stacked hit after hit through 16 years of musical identity. “Ghetto Supastar” with Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Pras cemented her place in hip-hop, while tracks like “Movin On” and “The Case of the Ex” firmly planted the singer/songwriter in the hearts and minds of her fans.

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Mya’s latest release Sweet Sixteen is a celebration of her 16 years as a musical entity, and the 6-song EP shows that she’s on her grown-ass woman grind: it’s apparent that she’s developed as an artist. While 2003’s brazen and irresistible “My Love is like Wo” proclaims “My sex is like…wo/My ass is like…wo,” her recent single “Superwoman” follows up with “I’m more than just a pretty face/ I’m more than just a bangin body.”

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With an upcoming album, about which she remains tight-lipped, Mya’s tour is taking her around Western Canada where fans can get a taste of her many talents – she’s an incredible singer and an amazing dancer. Mya even has a list of favorite songs to perform – based on a recent interview with ratedrnb.com – all of which Vancouver can get ready to get down to: among them are “Whenever Bitch,” “Earthquake” and “It’s All About Me,” a mix of the sweet and the salty.

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Having ventured in and out of her comfort zone in recent years, from acting to philanthropy to running her independent label, these days Mya seems happy and relaxed. In an interview with SheKnows.com, the stoic singer talks about delving into veganism, cleansing, and creating a huge archive of music in the meantime. Sounds like she’d be a great fit for Vancouver, and on Wednesday, August 27 she hits Fortune Sound Club to give Vancity a taste of like…Wo.

– Amalia Nickel

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