Kate Nash: 'The Slits' Ari Up liberated and empowered me'

Singer says band inspired her musical tastes

Kate Nash: 'The Slits' Ari Up liberated and empowered me'

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Kate Nash has paid tribute to The Slits' Ari Up, who died yesterday (October 20) aged 48.

The London singer told NME that the post-punk singer inspired her to become interested in music and politics, and also gave her confidence when she began to perform herself.

"Because of that album [1979's 'Cut'], I developed my musical tastes, bought records and learnt about feminism and politics and how important the link between music and those issues are," she said.

She added: "I also felt confidence as a teenage girl, I felt liberated and empowered and that I could be smart, musical and creative and that maybe somehow I could make a difference in the world too."

Read Kate Nash's full tribute to Ari Up on the NME Talking Heads Blog now.

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