back to top

These Two Women Are Giving Us The Definition Of Black Girl Magic

"I understand that being a brown woman and doing what we do is beautiful."

Posted on

Refinery29 interviewed Brooklyn-based art collective Chargaux, which has taken the world by storm with an original contemporary-hip-hop-classical sound, reminding all of us that black girl magic exists.

Refinery29 / Via Facebook: video.php

Margaux and Charly met when Margaux was walking down the street and saw Charly playing the violin. She introduced herself and told Charly she was also a musician and suggested they play together.

Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

The following day they played together on the same street corner, and officially became a duo after people continually stopped to admire their unique sound.

Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

They described the challenges they face being women of color in a male-dominated industry...

Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

"Sometimes people will say, 'Who produced that track? That guy?' And it's no, we did that. They may think someone else had to pay for us to be in the city to record. No, we paid for that...ourselves...with our savings," Charly told Refinery29.

...and how they continue to create music because it inspires others.

"This woman told us she was getting ready to have brain surgery and she said, 'I want to put your CD in before I go under because your music was so inspiring and I want that to be potentially the last thing I hear before the surgery if I don't make it out.' Those are the moments that are worth it," Margaux told Refinery29.
Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

"This woman told us she was getting ready to have brain surgery and she said, 'I want to put your CD in before I go under because your music was so inspiring and I want that to be potentially the last thing I hear before the surgery if I don't make it out.' Those are the moments that are worth it," Margaux told Refinery29.

So far, they have collaborated with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.

No big deal.
Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

No big deal.

"I understand that by being a brown woman and doing what we do, it's beautiful because I know, visually, that creates something for people,” Margaux said.

Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

Listen to more of their music here.

Refinery29 / Via refinery29.com

Keep slaying, queens.

The best things at three price points