Amatus-sami-Karim spent the earlier years of her life in the South Side of Chicago across the street from the Cabrini Green Projects in her father’s Mosque. When dealing with multiple deaths to gun violence an individual can easily get lost in the world but it can also prove how resilient a human being can be. That’s exactly what it shows in the multi-talented creator Amatus; life gave her complexity and she made a quilt: music, acting and design.
A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts and one year at RADA in acting, Amatus’ debut EP Broken Compass, has been featured in tastemaker blogs such as Pigeons and Planes, Afro Punk, Obscure Sound, Hollywood Playlist, OkayPlayer, and The Source just to name a few. This time around life is giving her something a little bit sweeter with the EP’s release. Her film composition for, “Daisy and Max”, a documentary for Al-Jazeera America which aired in December 2015. She composed the music for Dominique Morrisseau’s Obie Award winning play “Sunset Baby” for the Labyrinth Theater Company, among others. Amatus has also collaborated with artists Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, Jneiro Jarel as well as scored projects for PBS, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 651 Arts, POV, Ford Foundation, and Rooftop Films.
Her new LP, set to release this spring will incorporate a unique voice of instrumentation and Sonics that reflect the storyline of a searching soul, navigating the ever changing landscapes of the material world and the ideas that dictate one’s journey. As well as penning and acting in a few short films with cherished collaborators.