Moor Mother unveils new single & video ‘All the Money’

Moor Mother, aka Camae Ayewa, announced last month the release of her ninth album, The Great Bailout, out March 8th through ANTI-. With the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act and the 1835 Slavery Abolition Act acting as the backdrop for the album, the composer, poet, vocalist and educator offers an incisive reflection on the brutality of British slavery, including paid reparations to slave owners.

Following the delicate, spectral, and sublime ‘Guilty’, Moor Mother has shared second single ‘All the Money’. Compelling and affecting alike, a sinister tone lurks throughout. Listing British iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Big Ben, The Tower of London, The British Museum or The Palace of Westminster, Ayewa asks, “where’d they get all the money?”. ‘All the Money’ features British-Iraqi dramatic soprano, opera composer and producer Alya Al Sultani and it comes with an accompanying video directed by filmmaker and multimedia artist Cauleen Smith. Watch it below.

Moor Mother announces new LP, The Great Bailout, and shares ‘Guilty’

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There’s exciting news from Moor Mother, aka Camae Ayewa, who has announced the release of her ninth studio album titled The Great Bailout. Releasing on March 8th through ANTI-, it saw the composer, poet, vocalist and educator invite an impressive list of artists to contribute to the album, including Lonnie Holley, Mary Lattimore, Vijay Ayer, Angel Bat Dawid, Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty and Aaron Dilloway, amongs others.

The 1833 Slavery Abolition Act and the 1835 Slavery Abolition Act acted as the backdrop for the album. “Research is a major part of my work, and researching history – particularly African history, philosophy and time – is a major interest,” Ayewa commented. “Europe and Africa have a very intimate and brutal relationship throughout time. I’m interested in exploring that relationship of colonialism and liberation, in this case in Great Britain.”

The delicate, spectral, and sublime opening track ‘Guilty’, shared alongside the album announcement, masterfully sets the tone for the album. “Displacement and its effects are not discussed enough,” Ayewa says. “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. We’ve been through so many different acts of systematic violence.”

‘Guilty’ features Lonnie Holley, Mary Lattimore and Raia Was, and is offered with an accompanying video by Scott Kiernan. Watch it below.

Moor Mother announces Jazz Codes Deluxe and shares unreleased track ‘We Got The Jazz’

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Composer, poet, vocalist and educator Moor Mother, aka Camae Ayewa, has announced a digital deluxe edition of her highly acclaimed album, Jazz Codes released last summer. Slated for release on May 19th through ANTI-, the upcoming expanded version features six previously unreleased songs. One of them is the staggering ‘We Got The Jazz’ feat. Kyle Kidd, Keir Neuringer and Aquiles Navarro. “‘We Got The Jazz’ is me thinking about how mediocre a lot of popular music is, about its capitalistic structures and how those placements are bought and paid for,” Moor Mother commented. “I’m speaking about the whitewashing of who’s allowed to participate in jazz, who is allowed to participate in poetry, and asking where the room for innovation is, now and in the future. It’s also me thinking about my jazz band, Irreversible Entanglements, and how we’ve toured the world destroying stages, uplifting audiences, and inspiring everyone on the jazz scene with or without recognition. I’m also speaking about my own influence on the culture.”

‘We Got The Jazz’ is offered with a visual accompaniment and you can check it out below.

Lonnie Holley teases upcoming album, Oh Me Oh My, with new single ‘I Am A Part Of The Wonder’ feat. Moor Mother

Celebrated improvisational artist Lonnie Holley is set to release his new album, Oh Me Oh My, on March 10th through Jagjaguwar. Through his music and visual art, Holley has been addressing “how we overcome adversity and tremendous pain; about how we develop and maintain an affection for our fellow travelers; about how we stop wishing for some “beyond” and start caring for the one rock we have”. On his new album, this message is clear and triumphant, in tune with Mother Earth and delivered over a vibrant mix of styles.

To bring Oh Me Oh My to life, Holley enlisted producer Jacknife Lee and a cast of outstanding musicians, such as Moor Mother, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Rokia Koné and Michael Stipe. He comments:

“My art and my music are always closely tied to what is happening around me, and the last few years have given me a lot to thoughtsmith about. When I listen back to these songs I can feel the times we were living through. I’m deeply appreciative of the collaborators, especially Jacknife, who helped the songs take shape and really inspired me to dig deeper within myself.”

Following the title track, Holley is teasing the album again with a jubilant new single, ‘I Am A Part Of The Wonder’ featuring Moor Mother. Check out the accompanying visualizer below and listen to ‘Oh Me, Oh My’ straight after.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2022: Kuunatic

There’s less two months to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.


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Performing Sunday 13th November (Curated by Animal Collective)

Formed in Tokyo in 2016, Kuunatic is the tribal-psych trio of Fumie Kikuchi (keys and vocals), Yuko Araki (drums and vocals) and Shoko Yoshida (bass and vocals). Sonically diverse, their unique sound is an amalgamation of each member’s different musical and cultural background. Their transcending debut album, Gate of Klüna, came last year through Glitterbeat Records and we can’t wait to see them performing it live at Le Guess Who?. We’ve asked them what other bands they are looking forward to and Fumie, Yuko and Shoko each picked an artist respectively. Read on to find out!


Les Filles de Illighadad


Performing Friday 11th November (curated by Animal Collective)


Moor Mother & billy woods performing ‘BRASS’


Performing Saturday 12th November (curated by CURL)




Performing Saturday 12th November


Le Guess Who? will take place 10-13 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Jerusalem In My Heart announces new album Qalaq

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There’s no stopping Jerusalem In My Heart, the performative audio-visual project founded by prodigious and adventurous musician, composer and producer-in-demand Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, exploring and merging traditional Arabic music with electronic influences. Following the outstanding 2018 Daqa’iq Tudaiq, news of a follow-up album have emerged. Jerusalem In My Heart have announced the release of Qalaq, described by Moumneh as a sister album and “mirrored image” to Daqa’iq Tudaiq. Taking its name from an Arabic word with various meanings, for Moumneh “Qalaq” means “deep worry” in a global scale but specifically in reference to Lebanon, a country beset by corruption and destabilization, its social, economic, and political crisis and the aftermath of the catastrophic explosion at the Beirut port in August 2020. Moumneh explains:

“The Side Two tracks are all named ‘Qalaq’ and then numbered, representing the degrees of layered and complex violence that Lebanon and the Levant have reached in the last couple of years, from the complete and utter failure of the Lebanese sectarian state that has driven the economy to a grinding halt, to its disastrous handling of the migrant influx from neighbouring failed states, to the endemic corruption that led to the August 2020 port explosion, to the latest chapter of Palestinian erasure and yet another brutally asymmetrical and disproportionate bombing campaign on Gaza.”

There are numerous guest musicians on Qalaq including Greg Fox, Oiseaux-Tempête, Lucrecia Dalt, Tim Hecker, Moor Mother, Alanis Obomsawin, and more, who collaborated remotely. Moumneh speaks about the process:

“I composed the album as a bare skeleton, giving each artist a section to decompose, edit, re-interpret and recompose as they desired, sending me back their stems which I then mixed into my own, remoulding newfound coherences in the overarching composition.”

Qalaq also introduces the newest member of Jerusalem In My Heart on visual duties, experimental filmmaker Erin Weisgerber. The short film for Qalouli made last year for Constellation’s Corona Borealis Longform Singles Series marked the duo’s first formal new work together.

We’ll have to wait until October 8th for the album to be out through Constellation but Jerusalem In My heart already shared 3 tracks, ‘Qalaq 3 (w​/​Moor Mother)’, ‘Qalaq 4 (w​/​Rabih Beaini)’ and ‘Qalaq 5 (w​/​Oiseaux​-​Tempête)’, serving as a compelling and entrancing taste of the album. Take a listen now.

In other related news, Jerusalem In My Heart have announced a European and Canadian tour this November, where the music-and-film duo will present their new audio-visual show.