WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Zyah Brown, a 9-year-old from DC, is making a distinction via music about social justice points. She has a tribe of individuals behind her serving to to make it occur.
Zyah’s dad, Ron Brown, stated “that is huge. Once I was 9, I don’t keep in mind doing nothing like this.” Zyah has been writing and performing raps since she was six. She first carried out her tune “Journey My Bike” at her elementary faculty, Two Rivers Public Constitution Faculty.
Zyah’s former principal, Guye Turner, defined, “She had written a tune about driving her bike and was actually enthusiastic about ‘I wanna experience my bike,’ and with out me ever listening to the tune, as a result of she stated she had recorded it, I stated, ‘Would you ever thoughts singing it for the college?’ I simply threw it on the market and he or she stated she would give it some thought.”
A number of weeks later, Zyah carried out her tune on the neighborhood assembly. Turner stated, “Mother and pa obtained her all arrange, and he or she got here in and Zyah, she remodeled right into a celebrity.”
The celebrity individuals have grow to be accustomed to watching carry out is known as Fly Zyah. Over time, her songs have remodeled from songs about driving her bike to songs about social justice points. Most not too long ago, Fly Zyah launched, “Expensive D.C.” which is a tune centered round social justice points and a state of affairs that occurred to her household on 2020 Election evening.
The creator of TheRapTrade, Stacy Frazier, stated, “Somebody so younger with the ability to see these painful realities and discuss them in such a poetic manner, it’s an attractive factor. All individuals must do is take a look at her, take a look at her age and know there may be reality in her phrases.”
“I really feel just like the world wants one thing,” Zyah stated. “We’ve been listening to from a bunch of grownups views and what they really feel, so from a children perspective and what they see, it’s completely different.” Zyah stated she hopes that via her music, not solely will the world be modified, however people who find themselves down will understand they aren’t alone.
Her mother, Danielle Champ, added, “She talks about it like she sees it. She desires equality. She desires individuals to get alongside. She doesn’t perceive why as a result of Black individuals are Black, they’re checked out completely different. She doesn’t perceive it, however that doesn’t cease her from talking.”
Via her music, Fly Zyah is already making the affect she goals of. Household buddy, Tiana Hines, defined, “It was very empowering for me, as a Black lady to see a younger Black woman do that and present different younger Black ladies that they’ll do that too.” Hines daughter is Zyah’s greatest buddy.
Collectively, they play, do arts and crafts and take part in native protests. “She shouldn’t be the kind of scholar that’s operating round and has plenty of issues to say on a regular basis. She’s fairly reserved, however you’ll be able to all the time inform she’s observing and conscious of her environment,” stated Principal Turner. “I feel that’s what provides her the angle she has and why she’s in a position to write music at such a younger age and what she writes about as a result of I feel she’s continuously watching individuals.”
“Actually, nobody besides my buddies know my foolish aspect or my common child aspect,” Zyah stated. “They solely know rapper Zyah. However they don’t know issues like, I need to be a painter and I need to convey Bob Ross again and be Bobalina Ross.” Along with being a daily nine-year-old child, Zyah can also be very shy. “I’m nervous a number of the time, however individuals after I submit stuff they are saying I don’t look nervous in any respect, however I’m horrified.”
Help from her household and buddies provides Zyah the boldness she must press on and carry out. She defined, “The group, they cheer me on and stuff and my mother and pa cheer me on, and the music simply calms me down after I’m rapping.” “Right here she is now, and he or she realizes and is aware of she’s making a distinction, I really feel like that’s what’s pushing her to do extra,” Hines added.
Whereas Zyah goals to make a distinction along with her music, she additionally takes to the streets and social media to make a distinction. Principal Turner stated, “It’s by no means about Zyah, you realize. Even, I feel her music and why it was so unassuming and such a shock is as a result of her music shouldn’t be about her, it’s about her neighborhood.” Some service initiatives Zyah has headed up embody accumulating books about coding to donate to native excessive colleges and encourage younger girls to pursue a profession in tech, and placing collectively an Amazon wishlist to make goodie luggage for the District’s homeless.
Brown stated, “I did my factor referred to as ‘Blessing Luggage,’ (many individuals) donated some huge cash to assist me assist homeless individuals in want.” Champ added, “No matter she accomplishes, she desires to take all people along with her and ensure they really feel liked.”
Zyah has taken place in neighborhood initiatives as nicely. She’s carried out for the Martin Luther King, Jr. vacation and created the tune at Challenge Create in Anacostia. Christie Walser, the Govt Director for Challenge Create, stated, “Our children have so much to say. They actually have superb issues to speak about of their lives and their life expertise, they only want a microphone.”
Whereas Zyah’s mother and father don’t push her to create something she shouldn’t be feeling, and work exhausting to verify she enjoys her childhood, they’re very pleased with her accomplishments thus far. Her dad, Ron Brown, stated, “She’s doing one thing that’s not being finished, and that’s simply making an affect once more with music.”
Her mother and father really feel that affect when individuals attain out to them to assist Zyah along with her music. Champ stated, “It’s actually refreshing when individuals method us and their coronary heart is on their sleeve. They only need to do no matter they’ll to assist her get that message throughout.” Frazier stated, “I’m going to proceed to work with them hand-in-hand. I’m going to proceed to place their music on my platform, and for free of charge as a result of it’s for the betterment of the neighborhood.”
As Fly Zyah continues to place out music, the 20 plus individuals who assist to assist her succeed know the funding is value it. Zyah’s uncle, Arthur Brown, defined, “She goes to make the world higher. As she grows older, and we be sure she’s good, she’s going to verify the world is sweet. If we do the identical for each youth on the market, the world’s gonna be alright.”
In March, Fly Zyah will probably be acting at Union Stage as a part of a celebration of Ladies’s Historical past.