Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, has a tendency of talking about the apocalypse. She is addressing all the troubles in the world and is demanding change.
She is a Philadelphia-based poet and sound artist who fuses hip-hop with a warm jazzy groove and an experimental spirit.
Moor Mother has made some of most disorienting and eclectic albums in recent times. From her 2016 solo debut Fetish Bones to the majestic 2019 album Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, she channels punk-like energy with a sense of urgency, demanding attention with every word and sentence she articulates.
In the previous year, she took her prolificacy up a notch (and then some!). She released another stellar solo album, a collaboration with rap artist billy woods with the album BRASS plus she was central to one of the most striking jazz albums with Irreversible Entanglements (the latter is also playing at Roskilde Festival 2022). And she’s active in the group 700bliss who played at Roskilde Festival in 2019.
Moor Mother’s latest solo album, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, is a diverse and eclectic soundscape with stories and poems studying multigenerational trauma, Black and female struggles, with reference to contemporary socio-economic and political struggles that are still relevant to this day. The album may sound dark and desolate but it’s really full of life. The critics love it (just look here)!
Moor Mother is an intense live artist (watch this!). She spits venom and taps into true dread. Her free-form energy and knack for piercing visual imagery bring her subject matter to vivid life. You can be sure to tumbled over by her directness and way with words and intense appearance.