Sep 272012
 

Brother Ali invites Moratorium NOW! for a housing justice pre-show presentation at his show in Ann Arbor

Mourning in America Tour

with Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, The Reminders

Oct. 2, 2012   9 PM

at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. , Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Buy tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1639935&cobrand=blindpigmusic

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/399066743474090/

MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/brotherali/shows

Internationally renowned hip hop artist Brother Ali at a picnic on Aug. 8, 2012, following an Occupy Homes national convening in Minneapolis, MN. Brother Ali was one of many activists arrested in June as part of an ongoing Occupy Homes MN effort to save the Cruz home in south Minneapolis.

Fully recharged and inspired by his eye-opening first trip to Mecca, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, and the world wide Occupy movements, Brother Ali is prepared to unveil his fourth full-length offering Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Created during a self-imposed two-month exile in Seattle and helmed by platinum-selling producer Jake One (50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa), the album presents a scathing yet honest critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities. Preceded by the release of free music downloads with accompanying music videos such as “Shine On,” “Writer’s Block,” and “Not A Day Goes By,” Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is the pièce de résistance.

In an age of hip-hop where the paradigm of swag over substance reigns supreme, few emcees are willing to use their platform to tackle the hot-button topics and pressing social maladies of our time – but it’s apparent that Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali is one of those few. Over the course of 14 tracks with assists from esteemed author/ professor Dr. Cornel West, revered Southern hip-hop icon Bun B, and Def Poetry Jam poet Amir Sulaiman, the album brazenly holds a mirror to the idiosyncrasies of American life while simultaneously painting a vibrant portrait of its wondrous potential. Actualizing hip-hop’s full range of motion as a gage for the times, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color, due out September 18th, asserts itself as the definitive soundtrack of a disenchanted, disenfranchised, and wildly optimistic citizenry during a landmark period in American history. In a moment of artistic preemptive strike, Brother Ali recognized this prime opportunity to examine and address the underpinnings of the burgeoning stance of mass opposition:

“This is not just a new album, but a new chapter. There’s a kind of democratic reawakening in people at this point in time. I was really looking to take these topics and really hit them hard. To try to open ears and hearts and invite people to take some action and feel empowered. To be engaged and take some agency and responsibility for what’s going on in the world.”

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