10 Black Indie Artists Who Would Have Fit Right In At Lilith Fair

For those of you that were teenagers in the weird, surreal haze that was the 1990s, you might have remembered a tiny little music festival called the Lilith Fair. It was originally started by Sarah McLachlan, a Canadian musician who—after growing frustrated and disheartened by the lack of female visibility on indie pop/folk radio airwaves—sought to create a festival that solely featured female artists, bands, and frontwomen.

It had an impressive run from 1997 to 1999, and went through artists like Tracey Chapman, India Arie, and—in its later runs—Missy Elliot and Erykah Badu, to name a few. After a failed attempt to revive Lilith Fair in 2010, McLachlan officially put the festival to rest, and the Lilith Fair became only a distant, nostalgic memory of the yester-years.

Though the festival may be no longer, one can’t help but feel its spirit in all the new quirky, feminist, and unapologetically rebellious artists that have come out in recent years. And if these 10 artists down below—ranging in genre from indie pop to folksy Americana—had been around during Lilith’s prime, there’s no doubt that the Lilith Fair’s magnetic effect would have gone beyond the middle-class, white suburban ideal that defined the riot grrl movements and “grrl power” music scenes of that era.

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