MOOR MOTHER / JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
Saturday, September 28th, ISSUE is pleased to present Moor Mother, the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia-based musician, poet, visual artist, and activist Camae Ayewa. As Moor Mother, Ayewa’s work operates at the intersection of spoken word, rap, punk, and free jazz, examining consciousness, identity, blackness, and the global socio-political landscape through an Afrofuturist lens. The evening also features new work from Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH), the main project of Lebanon-born, Montreal-based artist and producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh. The ISSUE debut of both artists, the evening spans both projects’ enduring interest in exploring both ancestral and contemporary narratives through powerful sound.
Moor Mother simultaneously wields harsh, cathartic noise and freely improvised textures of cosmic jazz, equally channelling her punk background and the spirit of Sun Ra. Her acclaimed albums Fetish Bones (2016), and The Motionless Present(2017) masterfully reimagined electronic noise as protest songs. During her days in the Philadelphia underground, in the early aughts, Ayewa recorded hundreds of unpolished, self-released songs and played in the local venues where she worked as a show booker. She describes her material as a mixture of “low-fi, dark rap, chill step, blk girl blues, witch rap, coffee shop riot gurl songs, southern girl dittys and black ghost songs,” and has focused on both interrogating and becoming a vehicle for truth. Her work is a vital document of what it means to survive centuries of oppression.