Outer Ear Projects Presents: Afrofuturist and Arab women's voices
Noura Mint Seymali
Little Strike, dj.henri from radioafricaonline.com starting at 6:00pm!
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Noura Mint Seymali
Noura Mint Seymali is the Islamic Republic of Mauritania's defining artist on the international stage. Drawing deep on the timeless repertoire of the Moorish griot, a hereditary class of musical poet / historians, her band conjures "a full blown sandstorm of hypnotic grooves, melding traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardine and tidinite, within an electrified psychedelic rock band.” - The Quietus (UK). Its debut album - TZENNI (2014) - was hailed as "arguably the best psych / blues album of the year" and it's follow up - ARBINA (2016) - "the best album in the universe" by Vice/Noisey. Expanding a sound born of Arab and Sub-Saharan roots, NouraMint Seymali bends the arc of Moorish musical tradition to fit our contemporary moment, as described by NPR, “the arrival of Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a new era.” Recognized at African Union's first-ever AFRIMA awards, Noura Mint Seymali was named "Best Female Artist from North Africa."
Little Strike is the alias of Israeli Yemeni musician Tamar Dart, based in Philadelphia. With roots in folk, electronic, and world music, the project feels like a collage of eclectic beats, playful guitars, and pointed vocals, arriving somewhere between Portishead and Little Joy. The listener is encouraged to go on a nostalgic walkabout around the world with lyrics in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French & Wolof, reflecting Dart’s deep love of languages and her own personal mixed heritage.
Dart’s first known memory involves war: she was 3 and had to relocate because scud missiles were being launched at her home town. Consequently since an early age themes of civil unrest and war fused into her thoughts and art. In her latest release, beyond things, dark societal issues including addiction, the murder of Michael Brown, and drone strikes are contrasted and eased by concepts of rebirth, a universal connection, and a profound love spanning many generations — a love beyond things.
The live experience features Dart's voice, sampler, guitar and live looping with Koof Ibi on flugelhorn and Peter English on bass.
dj.henri from radioafricaonline.com starting at 6:00pm!
dj.henri has long specialized in the music of Mali and Guinea, as well as “Desert Blues.” He has opened for Salif Keita three times, Vieux Farka Toure twice, Habib Koite, Tinariwen, Daby Toure, and Noura Mint Seymali. He’s been booked at the Apollo Theater, B.B. King’s, the Mercury Lounge, Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, and many other venues. dj.henri is also the creator of Radio Africa Online, the longest-running station playing African and Caribbean music online. His popular Radio Africa Online Mixes podcast is featured in the iTunes Store and elsewhere, generating over 50 terabytes of traffic annually.