Lady Volcano (Sonia Asmahan) is a professional artist, vocalist, composer and a dancer. She uses all this afore mention in entertaining her fans and audience. She has performed internationally as a solo artist, bandleader and collaborator. She typically turns her passions, her lifestyles, her life philosophies, issues and many more to songs in a way that is touching.
Her artistic life as a dancer.
On a journey to the Orient Sonia fell in love with oriental dance. Thereafter, she followed the call of adventure and set off with her backpack to become an oriental dancer in Egypt. For many years the German danced successfully at the Red Sea and ran an oriental dance school there for 7 years. Sonia was not only successful as an oriental dancer, but also beyond the borders of Egypt. Her film role as „Rasha Lotfi Damanhouri“, the film daughter of Gamil Ratib in the Egyptian TV series „Sonbol“ with Mohamed Sobhi, made her famous throughout the Arab world. Almost every Egyptian has seen her face with the red beret on TV.
After the series, the artist remained true to dance and danced with her own music and folklore group in various hotels at the Red Sea. The highlight of her dancing career was in Tunisia, when she danced in front of more than 10,000 spectators in Carthage, the oldest amphitheater in the world. The dance pioneer has trained many dancers since then, and today ranks among the masters in the art of oriental dance. After her return to Germany she organized oriental events and dance workshops. Sonia Asmahan also has been making an important contribution to the intercultural dialogue between German and Arabian culture for years. The artist has also a long-standing relationship with Egypt and travels there regularly. Sponsored by the city of Stuttgart, the artist staged in Germany two self-written dance theaters in Arabic language. Since the refugee crisis, the artist is intensively supporting integration projects in the Federal Republic of Germany to integrate Arab refugees and immigrants.
How she became a singer/songwriter?
At the opening of the Tut Anch Amun exhibition in the Old Castle in Stuttgart she danced and was approached by a volcanologist who enthusiastically compared her to a volcano. This inspired her so much that she wrote her first rock song „She’s a lady volcano“. 2012 she released her first music album „Lady Volcano“ , founded a band and a music publishing house.„Lady Volcano“ was born.
In 2014 she released the single „We wave our flags“ and in 2018 „Falcon’s Dream“ a progressive rock music album with oriental music influences. Her self-written album deals with having to escape and the stony path a refugee is faced with, full of difficulties and fears. Lady Volcano is right now working on an Arabic version.
In 2019 she released her third album “Riding Fever”, with story-telling songs about her experiences on bike events, with freedom-loving bikers and the passion of riding a motorcycle.
Together with Uli Lindner „U9“ she founded „The project9 Band“ in 2019. At the 15th of november 2019 they performed live on stage at the Strandbar 51 in Winterbach / Germany
During the Corona crisis 2020 the artist wrote and released the song „Whatever it takes“. The song is dedicated to all those who stand by their fellow human beings in this crisis. The music was composed by Roman Voronenko.
In June 2020 she has started a project with the Syrian drummer Alaedin Hamwi to found a refugee band for the Arabic version of „Falcon’s Dream“ „Helm Assaqr“.
In September 2020 she released her 4th music album „Fire Skull“ with 12 songs dedicated to women. The artist sings about the mental development processes a woman has to go through during her life. For some of her songs she was inspired by the book “Woman who runs with the wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The American writer and psychoanalyst says that a woman can only be strong, healthy, creative and happy, if she can find the roots of her instinctive nature – the “Fire Skull”.