Mother. Music. Magic. Mystic. Medicine. Matriz. Moon.
Alexandra Blakely is a Jewitch, Scandinavian, English singer-songwriter, storyteller, solutionary that walks the path of ancestral healing and the reclaiming of lost cultural memories. These journeys are braided into her music. She lives between Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA) and Tenochtitlán (Mexico City) and dedicates her life in service to holistic healing. It is through her own adversities that she explores vulnerability and accesses the interdependence of all life. She searches to fill intergenerational holes with rooting. Her music, filmmaking, storytelling and beyond focuses on moving through stagnant manifestations, whether they be on individual or societal levels, by going into the darkness and building fires. Her movement pulses with anti-oppression practice, power-with collaborations and animist relations.
She has trained in the work of Joanna Macy, sound healing, and majored in Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington where she studied white supremacy culture and embodied white supremacy as a societal ailment. She is currently skilling up in ceramics and grief work and reconnecting with her Jewish ancestry via Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
“Ahlay’s music speaks to how to move through the world as a human that has a lot of privilege - that is processing; how do we take apart patriarchy? how do we take apart our own role in continuing cycles of racism and cycles of oppression? And it’s coming from a place of the heart and it is very inspiring for me as an artist to see someone else doing that work and doing it in a public setting and bringing so much of herself into it.”
-Erika Lundahl (She/Her)
“Our movements need music. Movements have never won without music. Movements have never won without artists and songwriters and creators and I really believe that people fighting for justice take a lot of energy and hope and power from music. Ahlay’s music is such an eloquent and beautiful cry for us all doing out part.”
-Alec Connon (He/Him)
“Everybody who was part of her musical documentary got to do healing, got to process, got to unpack some of those emotions in a way that normally wouldn't have happened. I think that Ahlay’s music is deeply rooted in raw emotion. It's pretty real and honest in how she processes and how she is processing. And it’s kind of something that happens when you listen to music like that, it encourages you to do that processing yourself or maybe it evokes catharsis.”
-Aji Piper, 19 (He/Him)
“When Ahlay was making her documentary music video, she worked with my son. And the way that she did it was so intentional and thoughtful, thinking about the process that the activists she was working with were going through and their emotions and what that would bring to them and with an intention to bring growth and healing to them as well as making her own process… I’ve cried many times listening to her songs, they’re moving.”
-Helaina Piper (She/Her)
"Ahlay channels our collective greatest good, gives us a sense of hope, like sun rays through the clouds. You can feel the world we are dreaming for emerging and expressing through her voice, music and message like the breath of the divine.""
-Rebekah Erev (they/them)
“I remember being with my community listening to this really incredible music in this dark theater and this gorgeous persons on stage healing the minds and hearts of everybody in the room.”
-Aliko Weste (He/Him)
“I was just so moved by the song that I stood up on the bench and I was dancing and was just having the best time of my life.”
-Shemona Moreno (She/Her)
“Every time Ahlay sings with her daughter… the way that their voices harmonize and intertwine with each other, the love that mother and daughter have for each other up there singing music that Ahlay has written - it's always so powerful for me - really inspiring.”
-Bex Lipps (They/Them)
“The trauma Ahlay deals with is something that touches every one of us deeply if we have or haven't experienced that type of trauma. Her music really helps to contextualize the reasons why I do what I do, the reasons why we do what we do.”
-Ryan Flesch (He/Him)