OSHUN, Moor Mother, Ill Fated Natives


Oshun is the Yoruba deity of fresh waters that governs over love, diplomacy, wealth, intimacy, and beauty. She's one of a three sister trilogy including Oya, deity of the graveyard, and Yemaya, deity of the salt waters who is known to have protected the Africans brought to the shores of the diaspora as slaves. She is the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a fierce protector of children.
Oshun is the "unseen mother present at every gathering", because she is the Yoruba understanding of the cosmological forces of water, moisture, and attraction. Therefore, she is believed to be omnipresent and omnipotent. Her power is represented in a Yoruba proverb, which reminds us that "no one is enemy to water" and therefore everyone has need of and should respect and admire Oshun, as well as her followers.

Manhattan-based vocalists Niambi Sala and Thandiwe sing and perform for the purpose of spreading her essence and the essences of her sisters, specifically Yemaya, through music. Together they are OSHUN, a duo characterized by yellow and blue (the colors of Oshun and Yemaya, respectively), soul, hip-hop, community service, and love.

As the proverb says, "no one is enemy to water", and their goal is to share Oshun's peaceful omnipresence for the bigger purpose of empowering women, and all people, instilling confidence, cultural pride, and self-respect.

This bigger purpose is within a re-emerging movement of cultural realignment, awareness, and creativity. #NUBIANMAFIA

Moor Mother

MMGZ music is a history lesson, a future lesson, and a comment on the present all at once. And really it is more than a lesson, its a soundscape to these different time dimensions, so that you are hearing and experiencing not only music, but you get the voices of the ancestors, the whispers of our descendants, and the field sounds of the future and past landscapes. She presents an immersive experience in her music that unfolds or unearths some of the hidden dimensions that are embedded in sounds.

Ill Fated Natives

Grit, raw passion, and a sense of struggle pumps through the veins of the Philadelphia based power trio, ill Fated Natives. Every member of the ill Fated Natives has an intimate and vastly unique musical history that has Philadelphia at its core. This translates to the high energy performances that the band has become known for in Philly’s underground music scene. With hard hitting, bluesy soul music that features hints of jazz and afro-caribbean flavor, ill Fated Natives has swiftly become an act to watch.

DJ Sylo

Born in Takoma D.C. and transplanted to Takoma Park, Maryland, DJ SYLO (Thats me!) has always had a thing for music. After messing around with graffiti, breakdancing, and even freestyling (SEE ME), Sylo finally got his first pair of turntables. It's only been a little more than a year since then, but in that time, SYLO has rocked clubs like SAKI in DC, shut down house parties in Philly (North and South), and linked up with new artists like Kid Quo and Dannie Phantom. And he's not stopping now. So folks, either start listening now or get left in the dust.

$12.00 - $18.00


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