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Experimental musician and acclaimed spoken word artist Camae Ayewa had a prolific 2020 with the free jazz project Irreversible Entanglements and some projects released under his spoken word alias Moor Mother.
Like Moor Mother, Ayewa released “Circuit City,” her punk-inspired album “True Opera” with producer Mental Jewelry and her collaboration with rapper Billy Woods.
“Zami ‘” is Moor Mother’s first release in 2021, and since announcing that she signed with the ANTI- record label.
The short but powerfully sinister melody gets its name from Audre Lorde’s 1982 book.
According to Ayewa, “’Zami’ talks about several different topics. Using the lenses of Black Quantum Futurism, the lyrics speak of time and space, injustice, racism, the erasure of African identity. “
“’Zami’ talks about agency and something beyond freedom. Talk about another future. Talk about connections free from the stains of colonialism. It speaks of the expansive temporalities of Afro-diaspora people around the world, ”added Ayewa.
Black Quantum Futurism refers to the Ayewa collective co-founded with Rasheedah Phillips, dedicated to “a new approach to living and experiencing reality by manipulating space-time to see possible futures and / or collapse space-time into a desired future with the in order to achieve the reality of that future.
“This view and practice derives its facets, principles, and qualities from quantum physics and the Black / African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space.”
Through various artistic expressions, the group seeks to “explore personal, cultural, family and
community cycles of experience and solutions to transform negative cycles into positive ones using
artistic and holistic methods of healing “.
Listen to “Zami” by Moor Mother: