Otep Shamaya

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Otep Shamaya

Otep Performing at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago.
February 22, 2010.
Background information
Born(1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 32)
GenresAlternative metal, nu metal, rap metal, art metal
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, actress, poet, writer, painter, rapper
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsCapitol (2001–2007)
KOCH (2007-2009)
Victory (2009-Present)
Associated actsOtep, Imaginary Friends
WebsiteOtep's blog
 
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Otep Shamaya

Otep Performing at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago.
February 22, 2010.
Background information
Born(1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 32)
GenresAlternative metal, nu metal, rap metal, art metal
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, actress, poet, writer, painter, rapper
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsCapitol (2001–2007)
KOCH (2007-2009)
Victory (2009-Present)
Associated actsOtep, Imaginary Friends
WebsiteOtep's blog

Otep Shamaya (born on November 7, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, poet, writer, and painter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Otep.

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Early life

Otep was born on November 7, 1979 in the United States.

Career

Otep Shamaya made her debut in 2000 with her band Otep, and released the full length albums Sevas Tra, House of Secrets, The Ascension, Smash the Control Machine, and Atavist in June 2002, July 2004, October 2007, August 2009, and April 2011 respectively.

Shamaya has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry. The first printed collection of poetry and illustrations by Otep Shamaya was made available to the public in November 2006 exclusively on Lulu.com. In August 2007, the e-book Little Sins, her first electronic collection of printed poems and illustrations was placed in book form.

Controversy

Shamaya's song "Menocide" was condemned by Robert Franklin of Fathers & Families for promoting the murder of men. The lyrics of the song suggest men are "infectious human waste" and that those who are oppressed should "give death to them" and commit "menocide" [1] In her blog she responded to the criticism that her work was "hateful towards men" by saying: "I don’t see it that way. Indeed, I am an emotional person and I use angry words, but they are aimed (mostly) at IDIOTS and MONGRELS. Perhaps YOU equate men with the likes of those scourge. But not me. I am an equal opportunity dispenser of rage. Ha!" [2]

Personal life

Otep is openly lesbian[3] and a vegetarian.[4] She is known to be an advocate of animal rights. Shamaya also spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[5]

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US[6]US Ind.[6]FRA[7]UK[8]
2002Sevas Tra
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Label: Capitol (33346)
  • Format: CD, DI
14586
2004House of Secrets
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Capitol (91043)
  • Format: CD, DI
93102
2007The Ascension
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Capitol (11653)
  • Format: CD, LP, DI
816
2009Smash the Control Machine
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: Victory (529)
  • Format: CD, DI
476
2011Atavist
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: Victory
  • Format: CD, DI
6110
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays

YearAlbum details
2001Jihad
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Capitol (33725)
  • Format: CD
2005Wurd Becomes Flesh
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD

Singles

YearTitleUS
Main.
Album
2002"Blood Pigs"Sevas Tra
"Possession"
2004"Warhead"House of Secrets
2007"Ghostflowers"The Ascension
"March of the Martyrs"
"Breed"
2008"Confrontation"
2009"Smash the Control Machine"28Smash the Control Machine
2010"Rise, Rebel, Resist"
2011"Fists Fall"Atavist
"Not to Touch the Earth"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

DVD

Otep - Live Confrontation (2009)

Music videos

YearTitle
2001"T.R.I.C."
2002"Blood Pigs"
2004"Warhead"
"Buried Alive"
2007"Ghostflowers"
"Breed"
2008"Confrontation"
"Crooked Spoons"
2009"Smash the Control Machine"
2010"Rise, Rebel, Resist"
"Run for Cover"
2011"Fists Fall"

References

  1. ^ GlennSacks.com » Blog Archive
  2. ^ eye sea … | I'm Not A Monster
  3. ^ Scott Marti, Kris (January 31, 2005). "Interview with Otep Shamaya". AfterEllen.com. http://www.afterellen.com/Music/2005/1/otep.html. 
  4. ^ Shamaya, Otep (April 17, 2008). "Might Makes Write: Otep Reveals the Passions of the Poet". MTV. http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/2008/04/17/might-makes-write-otep-reveals-the-passions-of-the-poet/comment-page-2/. 
  5. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=FV&p_theme=fv&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=12A5D2E044F42488&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  6. ^ a b "Otep > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/otep-p484044/charts-awards/billboard-albums. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  7. ^ "Discographie Otep" (in French). Hung Medien. http://lescharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Otep. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: The O - Ozric Tentacles". Zobbel. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_O.HTM. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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