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Yolanda

       

And, you can hear my interview with Yolanda, and a concert she did in 2002, at this page.

And, And, Click to see two of her videos!

    Freedy Freeman & Yolanda  

Bio, from her site:

Yolanda, 2003 OutMusician of the Year, and The Stonewall Society's 2003 and 2002 Transgendered Favorite Musician...is a singer-songwriter, performance artist, visual artist,radical fairie, drag queen, theater erson,storyteller, legal christian minister and tarot card reader. Billboard Magazine sums her up simply by saying "... a quirky and endearing lad named Yolanda." Sean Michael, a new age guru and channeler of energies that are extra-terrestrial, describes him/her as "...an energy transplant from the Pleadian star system struggling to fit into the human experience by sharing songs and stories that spread light."

Whatever you want to call him/her, Yolanda is one helluva entertainer. Given his/her powerful set of lungs and melodious vocal abilities, Yolanda can remind you of Elvis, George Michael, or Cyndi Lauper depending on the mood. Yolanda's original songs are a mixture of pathos, pleasure, ridiculousness, and sincerity influenced by pop, soul, dance, R&B, and funk.

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama......The Hit Recording Capital of the World!!!!!!!! In the 60's and 70's Everyone came to Muscle Shoals at some time or another... Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Stones to name a few.

As Roger Anthony Mapes, Yolanda cut his/her musical teeth on gospel, soul, country, and R&B. Yolanda also has an MFA in Performance Art, an MA in Theatre,and a certificate of completion from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (work- girl--you like those degrees). Yolanda has played roles ranging from Mozart in "Amadeus" to Marvin in "March of the Falsettos." Yolanda's first professional job in show business was as an Elvis impersonator at Libertyland in Memphis, Tennessee (she was a real hunka burnin love baby).

In New York, Yolanda has performed in original off-off Broadway productions,rock clubs-with her band the Plastic Family, folk clubs, cabarets, as a guest performance artist with the Merce Cunningham and Bella Lewitzky dance companies,and in her own cable TV show.

As a visual artist, Yolanda's work has been exhibited in SoHo, online at Visual AIDS (www.thebody.com) and on the covers of record albums and magazines.

Yolanda fully embraced Drag as a constant element in her performance work as a singer/songwriter/perfomance
artist after meeting and becoming intensely involved with the Radical Fairies. The Radical Fairies are a tribe of spiritual gay men who incorporate the use of magic, ritual, and drag to empower themselves and hopefully to make a radical change in the prevailing patriarchal culture.

Yolanda is busy these days performing with her band "The Plastic Family", working on a new CD project, doing a Drag cable television show on Manhatan Neighborhood Network, and accepting offers to travel and spread her special kind of magic to all who want to listen. Call her up for a song or a tarot-card reading-you won't be disapointed.