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What Does Rap Music Look Like In Sign Language?

by Daily Shot 3:41 mins

What Does Rap Music Look Like In Sign Language?

by Daily Shot 3:41 mins

Amber Galloway-Gallego has worked for Lady Gaga, Madonna, and others. But she has a job you've probably never heard of: She translates music into sign language at live concerts. Before a video of Amber translating the lyrics to a Kendrick Lamar song went viral earlier this year (warning, strong language at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_cnlQmsScU) it didn't occur to many concertgoers that there were hearing-impaired people in the audience. But Amber has been working her magic at live shows for more than a decade. "First, I'm a huge music lover," Amber says. She had deaf friends and extended family growing up and would translate music for them at parties. "I was showing them ... it's not just lyrics, and there's actual tones and riffs that come with each part of the music." Amber has interpreted all kinds of music, but she has a special affinity for rap. "Whenever I was challenged with rap, it was a huge challenge for me to delve into the language more and to research." She demonstrated some classic Sir Mix-A-Lot Lyrics for Ali and explained how she signs slang that might not have an exact translation. "Typically we don't have to make it up because we can just put those concepts out there, and sometimes we gesture it out." To see Amber sign some Jay Z lyrics, and describe the one song that made her deaf audience cry, check out this episode of "Daily Shot."

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