Tasneem wants you to join All Your Cousins in the uprising with their revolutionary new video and single — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
The newest releases from the multi-racial non-binary Toronto artist’s EP Just Before The World Ends, All Your Cousins stays true to Tasneem’s signature style, pulling from all aspects of their life to create unique and diverse soundscapes that are immediately and indelibly captivating.
“All Your Cousins started out as a love song, and I wanted to write about what it felt like to fall in love with someone who understands you culturally,” Tasneem explains. “You know there’s a depth and weight especially in immigrant communities that surrounds the notion of family ties. Then it turned into this revolutionary cry and the song lyrics shifted to what matters to me most and that’s freedom, but falling in love is always a great muse in itself.”
A powerful singular voice among contemporary revolutionaries, Tasneem is a bilingual Canadian-American multi-disciplinary artist and activist with roots in East Africa. Their focus is on music, acting, writing and filmmaking. Musically, their alternative sound is a consequence of a multi-cultural upbringing. They came of age in Oklahoma growing up on Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, Afropop Worldwide and Sade. Tasneem’s career started out fronting the rock band Jungli, performing at Carnegie Hall and singing backup and playing guitar for Kelis on Saturday Night Live.
Tasneem has shared stages with John Legend, Martha Wainwright, Seun Kuti, Baloji, Florence and the Machine, Elle King, Common and Chuck D. They have written and produced two solo EPs. Tasneem has spent time as music producer mentor at Daniels Launchpad Artscape in Toronto, focusing on women and non-binary musicians and producers.
A graduate of NYU, Tasneem has appeared as an actor on Netflix and TruTV, participated in the CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase as a writer, and taken part in the OutFest InFusion NBC/Universal emerging filmmakers program. Their short film September 10th was part of a workshop held at the John Humphrey Center for Peace and Social Justice with the National Film Board of Canada in Edmonton. Tasneem’s directorial debut I’m A Muslim was written and performed with support from Muslim Public Affairs Council. Tasneem seeks to create work and tell stories that amplify their unique voice and experience. They shot and directed the video for All Your Cousins.
Watch the video above, hear more from Tasneem below, and get in touch via their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.