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Moor Mother, King Britt and more to play AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball

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Final Fridays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art always provide a fantastically curated night of entertainment that’s hard to find elsewhere, and the upcoming AfroFuturist Costume Ball is certainly no exception. On Friday, Oct. 27, the museum’s Great Stair Hall will fill with the sights and sounds of Afrofuturism — if you’re not familiar, that’s an artistic and cultural movement centered around Black liberation through a futuristic sci-fi lens. The AfroFuturist Affair, along with Black Quantum Futurism and Philadelphia Assembled, have planned the event, their 7th annual, as a celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, art, design and creativity. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother collaboration Irreversible Entanglements speaks truth to power

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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 Giovanni partnership. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother previews new record of poetry and soundscape with “This Week”

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Motionless Present is a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”

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Moor Mother talks about the truth of music in new Vice profile

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Moor Mother | photo via Bandcamp

Anyone who’s heard Moor Mother‘s music, either on last year’s excellent Fetish Bones LP or on her earlier recordings, knows that Camae Defstar doesn’t shirk from the often brutal truth of her life experience. In a new interview with Daily Vice’s Michelle Lhooq, the Philadelphia artist shares her thoughts on the importance of hearing stories straight from the people who live them as well as music’s political place.

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Moor Mother and NAH collab on industrial “May 7th” video

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Local experimental musician NAH is wrapping up 2016 with new records and a pair of new videos, one of which features fellow Philly artist Moor Mother. Taken from this month’s MICHAEL LP (one of three projects NAH put up on Bandcamp last week), “May 7th” has an industrial rawness that The Deli related to “a horror-movie urgency” when they picked up on the accompanying clip. That ominous feeling is compounded by the slow-mo, flickering black and white frames of the video – the camera pans across a desolate city street as Moor Mother’s Camae Defstar raps over the gritty, metallic beats.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Foundry, Moor Mother at The Pharmacy, Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer and more…

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Mick Jenkins | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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