Philly experimental rapper and poet Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, is the latest featured artist in the Adult Swim Singles Program, which releases a new song by a different independent artist each week. She teamed up with Zonal — the post-techno project of Kevin Martin and Justin Broadrick — for the new track, “On The Range.” Continue reading →
Fifty years after the creation of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. co-founder Roscoe Mitchell is taking on new recruits. The ensemble was formed in 1965 and, over the years, they have garnered praise for their avant-garde sound that successfully fused jazz with European art music and African folk styles. This year, the group is taking another leap this year by adding young, forward-thinking musicians to their ensemble. Among them is Philadelphia-based Moor Mother, a poet and experimental musician who has been collaborating with artists in the Philadelphia music scene for years.
Her work centers around ideas of freedom, future, and the abstract, and it is easy to see how she and Mitchell came together. Continue reading →
It hasn’t been long since Screaming Females released their new record, All At Once, and it’s been an even shorter time since they tore up Union Transfer in support of it. Still, if you’ve been longing for more Screamales in your life lately, then the band’s latest news should do the trick. Thanks to a collaboration with Philly experimental artist Moor Mother and rapper Sammus — both labelmates on Don Giovanni Records — one of the tracks off All At Once now has a totally different sound. Continue reading →
Philly favs Moor Mother and DJ Haram have teamed up to create the duo 700 Bliss, and recently put out a fresh and powerful five-track EP called Spa 700. DJ Haram’s spacey, innovative beats provide a trance like experience to get the listener prepared to receive Moor Mother’s passionate lyrics and intense delivery. You can pregame to this, mosh to this, start a revolution to this. Right on time for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Check out the dope EP down below. Continue reading →
Philly’s Moor Mother is featured in a new episode of Moog Music’s new mini documentary series Sonic Origins, shot at last year’s Moogfest as well as in her hometown. In the video, she takes a trip around Philly, with behinds the scenes clips of her performing, creating, and teaching. Continue reading →
While the post-Superbowl riot might be the DIY event of the season, there’s a lot more going on this month than just a bunch of greased poles on Broad Street
Hi! Welcome to the second edition of The Skeleton Key, your friendly neighborhood gossip column just fighting the good fight against mediocrity and boredom. While we might (still) be in the middle of winter, warm weather – and with it, touring season – is on the horizon. I promise!
There was no better reminder of that than the recent announcement by R5 that Lighting Bolt and Moor Mother would be playing the First Unitarian Church at the end of March. While Lighting Bolt could sell out the Church all on their own, the fact that the good people at R5 are having Moor Mother open makes for a truly amazing and electric night. Which is to say: I really hope you got tickets because it sold out almost immediately. Continue reading →
Released last year on Jersey indie label Don Giovanni Records, Crime Waves is a collaboration between two Philadelphia experimental soundscapers, Camae Ayewa and Steve Montenegro, aka Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry. The record explores themes of systematic violence and racism through harsh noise, aggressive beats, and Moor Mother’s powerful poetry. Continue reading →
Irreversible Entanglements isn’t only a supergroup collaboration of some of today’s best contemporary jazz artists, it also provides important commentary through its powerful and compelling narrative. The liberation-oriented free jazz group formed in 2015 and just released their first, self-titled collection of tracks; Irreversible Entanglements is available on Bandcamp. It will become available in LP and CD formats on Dec. 1 from an International Anthem and Don Giovannipartnership. Continue reading →
Moor Mother‘s Camae Ayewa will expand her footprint on the Don Giovanni label this June with the release of Crime Waves, a joint effort with fellow Philly producer Mental Jewelry. The collaborators shared the EP’s opening track “Hardware” last week.
Philadelphia rapper/producer Moor Mother gives another highlight from her Fetish Bones LP a visual treatment this week, following up last year’s “By the Light” clip with some black and white footage in “Parallel Nightmares.”