The beats of music come alive as they are understood within interpretation for those who cannot hear.
Many people have struggled to connect with the beats and rhythmic tones of music for all their lives until Amber Galloway-Gallego came into the picture.
Gallego has been a certified American Sign Language interpreter for over 15 years. “I’ve been doing this for so long,” she told Vibe. “And then they catch this clip of me going, ‘Girl, you know you want this d…!’”
During 2013′s Lollapalooza music festival, the 37-year-old overshadowed Kendrick Lamar after footage showed 90 seconds of her interpreting his music with her dirtiest sign language skills in front of about 100,000 people in Grant Park.
The Hip-Hop interpreter has been shared millions of times on twitter, Tumbler and Vine. She never imagined that she would become a viral sensation with over 4 million hits on YouTube by doing her job. Earlier on in the year she even appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for a sign language battle featuring special guest Wiz Khalifa.
During the Lollapalooza event in 2013 she used salacious actions like cursing, and shaking her butt to not only interpret the lyrics but also become a part of the show without even knowing it.
If you are thinking thats were her career starts you are very mistaken.
The talented sign language interpreter has an amazing résumé where it details all the legendary artists she has worked with in the past.Gallegos has worked across all genres of music from; Eminem, Lady Gaga, Rolling Stones to Cher and Madonna.
Though she may be rocking it out in concerts and music festivals as a freelance interpreter, she also dedicated her time to teaching the skill to future interpreters around the country.
Gallego has an hour long presentation that will give those in the class a look into the world of the deaf individuals. She grabs a hold of your attention by demonstrating her sign language hip-hop, rap, and rock songs. Students can gain great insight and have the privilege seeing how she prepares and communicates in musical events.
While she performs audience members can enjoy her form of entertainment by the ability to express emotion and actions. She gives a complete performance. Its as as if she was the main performer. Not only does she use her hands to translate but she gives attitude, facial expression and complete body movement.