9 Albums Out This Week You Should Listen to Now

Kahil El’Zabar, a onetime collaborator of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, is now leading the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble into its 50th anniversary. Mixing original compositions with versions of classics by the likes of Miles Davis, Open Me, a Higher Consciousness of Sound and Spirit continues the percussionist, composer, and fashion designer’s venture into what he calls “Great Black Music”: “a strong rhythmic foundation, innovative harmonics and counterpoint, well-balanced interplay and cacophony amongst the players, strong individual soloist, highly developed and studied ensemble dynamics, an in-depth grasp of music history, originality, fearlessness, and deep spirituality.”

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Moor Mother: The Great Bailout [Anti-]

Moor Mother, the ever-mesmerizing jazz singer, musician, and poet, probes the hidden history of the British slave trade on her ninth album, The Great Bailout, enlisting collaborators including Mary Lattimore, Lonnie Holley, Vijay Iyer, and Angel Bat Dawid. “Displacement and its effects are not discussed enough,” Moor Mother said in press materials. “The PTSD of displacement should be a focus, and as we have the opportunity to learn about things happening in the world, we also have the opportunity to learn about ourselves.”

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Bolis Pupul: Letter to Yu [Deewee]

Bolis Pupul Letter to Yu