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Bay Area Beats: DOE EYE

Olivia Lee

In this edition of Bay Area Beats, we meet Union City based musician Maryam Qudus, who says she was a shy child of an Afghan immigrant family. When she wanted to pursue music, it was a first for her family, her culture, and her larger community.

“There was NO music in my family. ----- my mom knows who Beyonce is, who MJ is- that’s all,” says Qudus.

Now at the age of 23, Qudus is a rocker known as DOE EYE, performing her own style of grunge rock and soul around the Bay Area and the country. In May 2013, she was the West Coast finalist in the Billboard Battle for the Bands contest that landed her a full page spread in Billboard Magazine.

Qudus recently released her first full-length record called “Television”. The name DOE EYE, she explains, comes from someone's description of her eyes - large and innocent like a doe. While she still admits to being shy, it all goes away for her when she is on stage.

Click the audio player above to hear the entire interview.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.