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Camae Ayewa’s, or Moor Mother’s, latest album would never have happened if it hadn’t been for the pandemic and the enforced isolation that it brought. It’s filled with her frustration and quiet rage at being trapped into quarantine in Philadelphia.
She turned that pain towards creation and using a bunch of instrumentals that she had from Olof Melander (the Swedish producer), she decided to escape reality and deliver the Black Encyclopedia of the Air.
“We will outlast, rise up from the past, We rise up, who gon’ hold us down? / Black fist and golden crown, ancient sound / They can’t hold us down,” she sings on Shekere, the opening track and she doesn’t let up until the 13th track closes the album out.
Black Encyclopedia Of The Air is a new reckoning of all things, an upending of the status quo presenting us with a world of new possibilities.The Wire, September 14, 2021
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The first time Nicholas went to a live gig, 31 years ago, it turned out to be an Iron Maiden secret gig and he became hooked on the music scene. He was one of the founding writers for Astro Zombie a heavy metal and new world techno-inspired zine and his interview with Rob Caggiano of Anthrax brought in over 300,000 readers. He’s based out of Southeast Asia now, but his love of music is as strong and diverse as ever.