Hip-hop and Druga Godba have been best friends since way back – 1995 to be precise, when The Roots, the first US artists of the genre to come to Slovenia, made their legendary appearance at the festival.
Like The Roots, Moor Mother comes from the creative hotbed of Philadelphia, but she is much, much more than a hip-hop artist alone.
She’s a poet, a visual artist but, above all, a visionary of a utopian world, something that, particularly now and particularly among African Americans, other socially marginalised groups and indeed anyone under the age of 30, is the only remaining hope. It’s here that she shares an Afrofuturism aesthetic with Shabaka, and although she uses other means of spreading her ideas, they are essentially united in music, the most universal way of sending messages out to the world.
Moor Mother’s voices guide us through this strange and unknown modern world of apathy and indifference, and her commitment to performance and her intellectual charge remove any doubt that art is the most glorious state of being. Her most recent album, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, was released in 2021 and made it to the top of Radio Študent’s list of the best international albums of the year.This will be Camae’s second appearance in Ljubljana, following her performance at the Stiropor festival in 2017.
‘Like a blossom emerging from between the floorboards of a slaughterhouse, Moor Mother’s music is an act of transcending a violent, intolerable present’ The Fader
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