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Screaming Females enlists Sammus and Moor Mother for “End of My Bloodline” remix

Screaming Females | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | Sammus | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Screaming Females | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | Sammus | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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 →

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Sammus is crowdfunding a documentary about her life and music

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

To say that local indie rapper Sammus is inspiring doesn’t begin to do her justice. In between making and producing music, touring, and pursuing a Ph.D., Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, the artist behind Sammus, is working on making a documentary to share her stories and experiences.

Called Enongo, the finished product will be a feature-length documentary about Sammus’ life and music. The project is still in its beginning stages, and Sammus is running a crowdfunding campaign to make sure her story gets to be heard (as she points out on the Indegogo page, making a film is very expensive and a TON of work).

Sammus has faced a bit of bad luck lately that makes gathering support for the documentary all the more necessary. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Sessions V shows folk’s many faces with Julie Byrne, Sammus, Harmony Woods, and more

Julie Byrne | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Though the inherent weary restlessness of folk music can never truly be contained, local folk organization, Folkadelphia, has a home here at WXPN on the air and at The Key through Fred Knittel’s studio sessions. This past year hosted a particularly gem-filled handful of folk discoveries, which is documented in the fifth installment of the Folkadelphia Sessions compilation featured below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo wowed us as the unapologetically herself beat-maker / spoken-word-style lyricist Sammus, at her recent Folk_KEY-delphia Studio Session. Tonight, she’ll no doubt do the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for tonight’s Afrofuturist Affair Costume Ball, which is organized by Black Quantum Futurism and presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. The night will also feature performances by Moor MotherKing Britt / Fhloston ParadigmMovaKween, and :3LON; along with tarot card reading, body paintings, mask making, a fashion show, and a ton more. Find additional info on the free event here, and watch the Alanis Morissette inspired video for “Mighty Morphing” below. Continue reading →

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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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Folkadelphia Session: Sammus

At its most basic, the website Bandcamp is a publishing platform for artists, another site to share work. But in this age of micropayments-per-play on the streaming service juggernauts like Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music, with either a shield around those tech companies’ editorial and curatorial staff, or curation via computer algorithms and trends (lame!), it’s tough to be a self-sustaining musician on the web. Bandcamp offers a different experience for both creator and fan. The platform has evolved into a streaming service, merch store, social site, expertly selected radio station, a zine, and beyond. Best of all, the artist has much more freedom and control over their presence on the site. In many instances, Bandcamp has created the opportunity for niche, independent, and DIY musicians to find their people, their fans, and truly connect. We at Folkadelphia have had success using Bandcamp as our in-studio session archive. Now Philadelphian, former Ithacan producer and rapper Sammus also connected to a huge and hugely supportive community on the site, which is where we first discovered her music.
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Watch Sammus’ contemplative new music video for “Qualified”

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is Sammus, and she’s pretty much the coolest, newest talent to hit Philadelphia this summer. Lumumba-Kasongo recently moved from Ithaca, NY to West Philly after completing her PhD at Cornell University (where she also completed her undergraduate degree) in Science and Computer Studies; her brother is Disashi of Gym Class Heroes, she previously taught youth through Teach for America, and in this part of her life she is a rapper and record producer known as Sammus. Basically, she is the mythical role model for whom we’ve been looking far too long. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →