Lula Saleh (also known as Lula The Lily, formerly LXLVTHELILY) is an Eritrean and Ethiopian, Muslim poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, artist-organizer and third culture kid who was born and raised between Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and East Africa. She is a NEXUS Music Artist.
Lula uses writing, music and performance as a form of storytelling, about her multiethnic and multicultural diasporic identities. As a singer, her genre is electronic soul/alt-rnb with jazzy undertones. Her eclectic musical influences reflect the diversity of her heritage and global upbringing, ranging from American rnb/soul, jazz, dance and house music, to Ethiojazz and traditional Eritrean sounds, to Arabic sounds influenced by her Islamic and Saudi Arabian upbringing.
Lula was a Givens African American Writer fellow, and has received state and region-wide recognition for her work as an artist. She has been a featured performance artist at Button Poetry, Intermedia Arts, the Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, the Loft Literary Center, and more. Lula's song "Stardust" was also selected as one of 25 Minnesota artists in a Pollen Midwest feature honoring Philando Castile.
As a poet, Lula writes about the intersections and notions of loss, home, and citizenship as an immigrant, third culture kid, Muslim woman, and a multiethnic African in the diaspora. As a musician, she sings and performs as "Lula the Lily". You can find her online at www.lulasaleh.com or on social media @lulathelily.
Lula's main goal with the NEXUS fellowship is to build stronger networks in the music community -- both within and beyond the Twin Cities -- and to collaborate with artists doing uniqu fusion music across the spectrum of electronic and rnb/soul music.