Creativity Week, Day 3: Rina Sawayama

Welcome to day three of our Creativity Week. Today we will explore the power of music, looking in particular at the songs of Rina Sawayama. 

An Article by Harriet Hampson

It cannot be denied that throughout history, music and lyrics have been utilised by many to express specific emotions and themes.

Moreover, the beauty of music stems from its diverse nature.

The wide range of genres of music means that all individuals of society are able to find comfort in music, irrespective of their unique or alternative taste. 


The individual that Girl Boss has chosen to shed light on today is singer Rina Sawayama. Sawayama is a Japanese born singer, who moved to the UK when she was five years old.

The reason for her selection is the way in which she has utilised music to overcome her own personal struggles. This is an illustration of how music contains an intrinsic power to dissolve adversities and bring society together. Moreover, the topics in which she explores through her music, are topics that are worthy of exploration and important to accentuate here. 

Firstly, in an interview Sawayama stated that, “I remember assembling girls to make an S Club 7 tribute band. That was such an amazing way to get over that cultural barrier that was there.” Sawayama illustrates that music is not merely a means to express one’s ideas, but rather it is way to create harmony and facilitate the mixing of cultures in society. 

Image: Rina Sawayama


Moreover, her song, Cherryis important to reflect upon.

It is a song that shares Sawayama’s struggles with internalised biphobia.

Internalised biphobia is, “where you internally harbour hatred, fear or disbelief against how you identify.” (Rebecca Thompon, Thrive Global).

However, by shedding light on this struggle, which is not commonly discussed in society, has ensured that there is greater education and awareness of internalised biphobia. This is an excellent example of how music can be a way to raise awareness of topics that are not readily discussed in society. 


Her album SAWAYAMA also explores the difficulty she found in trying to balance her Japanese heritage with the British culture that she was exposed to when she moved to the UK.

Her music also sheds light on the anti-Asian racism that is not discussed enough in mainstream media and society.

This is particularly explored in her song STFU.

This societal issue is especially pertinent now as there have been increasingly publicised horrific cases of anti-Asian racism. There needs to be greater discussion of this, and Girl Boss would particularly urge you to sign this petition.

It can be concluded with confidence that Rina Sawayama is an unequivocal Girl Boss. Thus, I hope you take some time to look at her work, as you definitely will not regret it.