The futuristic Philadelphia MC shares video for new single “Zami”
Like the spiritual daughter of Archie Shepp and Bahamadia, American poet Camae Ayewa–recording under the moniker Moor Mother–has been the brightest light in Experimental Philadelphia for the better part of the last five years.
Now less than a year after the release of 2020’s acclaimed Circuit City, Ayewa happily announces her signing to the Epitaph subsidiary ANTI- Records. And no doubt Moor Mother’s abrasive Afrofuturism fits right at home alongside a roster that includes Tom Waits, Xena Rubinos and Danny Elfman.
The announcement was augmented with a killer new track “Zami”; produced by her frequent collaborator Madam Data, which was released to all streaming services worldwide on June 2nd.
“‘No more master’s clock / we travel spaceways’ ‘Zami’ speaks to a number of different themes,” Ayewa explains. “Using the lenses of Black Quantum Futurism, the lyrics speak to Time and Space, injustice, racism, erasure of African identity. ‘Zami’ speaks of agency and something beyond freedom. It speaks of another future. It speaks about connections free from the stains of colonialism. It speaks about the expansive temporalities of Afro Diasporan people around the world.”
Since the release of her 2016 debut album Fetish Bones, Moor Mother has released a championship level of music both as her own artist as well as a member of three collaborative performance groups in Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry and 700bliss. In the past year alone, she launched a series of releases with Swedish musician Olof Melander called Anthologia and designed to raise funds for disability justice. She worked again with Melander and Mental Jewelry on Forever Industries, a 2020 release which features two jazz-tinged experimental hip-hop singles that speak of making space, outer space, and industry.
Most recently, Ayewa put out BRASS, a collaboration with the rapper billy woods of Armand Hammer that if you haven’t checked out yet, do yourself a favor and click here.
Watch this space for more coverage of Moor Mother as she preps her ANTI- debut. But in the meantime, check out “Zami” below.
VIDEO: Moor Mother “Zami”